Sullivan dips into own pocket for Carroll

david sullivan and david gold

West Ham boss David Sullivan has revealed that he and co owner David Gold are financing the Andy Carroll deal out of their own pockets.

Sullivan had this to say:

“We are financing everything out of our own money,” Sullivan told the Daily Mail. “Had we not put money in this year we could not have bought a player. Because there is not sufficient money to pay the debt. I cannot give confidential details of contracts but for the period of time Andy will be with us it’s as expensive a player as we have ever signed.

“But our manager thought he was the most important player we could sign this summer and that is why we pursued him. Unfortunately he got this hamstring injury. But that’s just bad luck.

Sullivan also praised his signing for the enormous impact he had on the Fulham game where the Hammers won by a comfortable 3 goals to nil. He also went on to praise West Ham’s captain, Kevin Nolan:

“Kevin Nolan was a very bold and pleasing signing. We signed the captain of Newcastle when he had just scored 12 goals in the Premier League and convinced him to come to the Championship. He was expensive but he’s the most fantastic captain, the most wonderful influence in the dressing room. And he’s scored two goals in three games.

What do you think about David Sullivan dipping into his probably industrial-sized pockets for Carroll?  I’m just glad it was Andy Carroll he dipped in for as Grant Holt might have been a howler 😉 Just kidding Grant!

Norwich 0 – 0 West Ham United – Match Report

West Ham and Norwich drew 0-0 at Carrow Road yesterday with Norwich still looking for their first win in the league under new manager Chris Hughton.

The first half was the real highlight of the game for me with some end to end football with both teams having some good chances to open the scoring.

First Half Chances

There was an early opportunity for West Ham in the when a corner was only half cleared and the ball was smashed across goal by Matt Taylor.

Norwich then went down the other end and Surman cut inside the West Ham box after a break down the left and curled the ball just wide of the far post.

On 13 minutes Ricardo Vaz Te got away down the right hand side and his cross was met by the head of Carlton Cole, but it was cleared off the line, with Taylor smashing the rebound wide from a very good position where he should have scored.

Penalty Claim

Norwich thought they should have had a penalty when Surman was upended by Collins as he darted into the penalty box, it was a true heart in your mouth moment for West Ham fans as it looked a stonewall penalty, however on closer inspection the ref called it bang on with the foul being committed just on the edge of the penalty box.

Second Half

The second half was nowhere near as action packed as the first half and was a pretty dire affair with both sides lacking any real quality in the final third.

Modibo Maiga replaced Carlton Cole but didn’t really have any chances to pounce upon, however Matt Jarvis on his comeback from injury put a few lovely crosses into the box which I am sure Andy Carroll will be licking his lips at the thought of getting on the end of.

Harry Kane, a 19-year-old on loan from Spurs almost nicked all three points for Norwich when he was played into the box in injury time only to scuff his shot straight at Jaaskelainen.

A point each was about right with neither team really doing enough to win the match, however it’s another clean sheet for West Ham who have picked up 7 points from their opening 4 games which is a return I would have accepted at the beginning of the season.

Jaaskelainen’s Kicking

I was however very concerned with Jussi Jaaskelainen’s kicking, it was atrocious and almost cost us on several occasions with poor clearances going straight to the opposition. This was not the first time either as he has had some terrible clearances in our other matches and it can’t keep happening before we get punished.

It’s not all bad though as his shot stopping has been excellent and I have felt very comfortable with him between the sticks, but I do think Big Sam needs him working on his kicking non stop until he sorts it out!

And Finally…

Ricardo Vaz Te put in his worst performance in a West Ham shirt yesterday, he was getting in some great positions but his passing and crossing was terrible and he should have been hauled off long before he was eventually replaced by Yossi Benayoun as it just wasn’t happening for him.

It wasn’t just Vaz Te though, the final ball was very poor and had we been picking some better passes or crosses the result may have been very different.

Anyway, bring on Sunderland and lets hope for an Andy Carroll miracle recovery!


Norwich City vs West Ham match report

It was the Hammers’ turn to take on Chris Hughton’s Norwich City and it ended up in a nil nil draw. Not a bad result for the Hammers’ mind as a point away is always a good point – shame there were no goals in the mix, though.

Chris Hughton will be waking up on sunday morning with a worried face for sure as he will be reflecting on the fact that the boys from Carrow Road have failed to win a match in four outings.

Even more worrying for Chris Hughton will be that Grant Holt failed to make any impact on the game whatsoever. Hammers fans will remember Holt as one of the possible signings for the club in the summer. Norwich City still have to face some big guns in their next four matches, too. Newcastle, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are their next fixtures and if Norwich are going to survive in top flight football, they are going to have to win some of these games.

Holt was even taken off in the second half and that to me spells trouble. Hughton will want to sort these problems out early on in the season if they are to stand the pace of the hectic premier League.

Chris Hughton spoke after the game about his team’s display as well as Grant Holt:

“The positive is that we haven’t lost in three games and we haven’t lost at Carrow Road. I don’t see any lack of hunger in Grant. He has still got the same desire and commitment. The fact he hasn’t scored will be a disappointment for him because he’s a striker.”

Meanwhile, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce was more positive about his team’s display:

“Three clean sheets in four games is a great base to build on”.

It was a pretty dour match and so coming away with a point can’t be all that bad, can it? West Ham are a difficult team to beat and Norwich City had trouble running at the boys from Upton Park. And with Grant Holt not exactly in tip top condition for his team, West Ham had no trouble taking him out of the match.

Match Stats
Norwich City (4-4-2): Ruddy; Martin, Barnett, Bassong, Garrido; Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Surman; Holt (Kane 72), Jackson (Morison 64).
Subs: Rudd (g), Turner, Hoolahan, Fox, Tierney.

West Ham United (4-3-3): Jaaskelainen; Demel, Reid, Collins, O’Brien; Noble, Diame, Nolan; Vaz Te (Benayoun 86), Cole (Maiga 57), Taylor (Jarvis 57).
Subs: Henderson (g), McCartney, Tomkins, Diarra.
Booked: Collins.
Referee: C Foy

Carlton Cole ready to fight for his first team place

It looks like there’s a duel of two big men on the horizon. Carlton Cole is ready to fight newcomer Andy Carroll for a first team place and cole is up for the challenge. With Cole sitting on the bench to make way for Carroll in the 3-0 thrashing of Fulham, the West Ham front man knows what he has to contend with.

cole and carroll

Unfortunately, Carroll picked up a hamstring injury in the game against Martin Jol’s men and that could sideline him for up to 6 weeks. That meant bad news for Roy Hodgson too, who looked like he could have done with the big man yesterday against the Ukraine in which we drew 1-1 after many chances being squandered in the first half by England. This also opens the door to Carlton Cole who most likely will be back in action on Saturday against Norwich City.

Carlton Cole had this to say:

“Every year, you have to have people challenging for places because it is healthy for the club”.
“I’m a guy who believes in that and you could get complacent if you know you are going to play week in, week out”.
“It’s better to always be on your toes and I welcome a challenge like Andy. He is one of the best target men around in the Premier League and it’s just going to reinvigorate me to be a better player”.

Speaking about the return of Yossi Benayoun, Cole had this to say:

“Yossi is a brilliant character and a great player as well — we all know that. He has finally come home and he’s back where I believe he belongs”.
“I played for a season with him before he went off to Liverpool but he was really influential around the players and the team”.
“I was sad to see him leave so now he’s back, I’m really happy”.

So it looks like it’s game on between the two big guns – Carroll and Cole. With Andy Carroll’s fine performance against the Cottagers, Carlton Cole must feel like he has it all to do. He must prove to Big Sam that he’s the man for the job otherwise Carroll will be given the first team place. I think it would also be interesting to see both guys on the same pitch to see how they fare together – two big blokes up front – wouldn’t be bad would it?

Hammers on song with a 3 nil win over Fulham

andy carroll debut for hammers

I’m sure Hammers fans everywhere were singing to the tune of I’m forever blowing bubbles after their win yesterday against Martin Jol’s Fulham. It was meant to be a tough match especially after West Ham have not got out of the starting blocks as quickly as we have liked.

And Andy Carroll, our latest signing on loan from liverpool, set up two of the 3 goals that left Fulham reeling and licking their wounds. The first goal came with just a minute on the clock when Carroll laid off a nice header for Vaz Té to tee-up captain Nolan to poke the first one in – nice.

Then it was Winston Reid’s turn to score by putting away a free header on 29 minutes. It was the perfect start to a match and Carroll was dominating the Cottagers defence and running wild. Just before half time, Carroll also had a hand in Matt Taylor’s strike to make it 3 nothing and making it back to back home wins for the irons!

The big man hobbled off at 68 minutes to a well deserved standing ovation from the West Ham crowd with a hamstring problem which looks like causing Roy Hodgson problems for the next few England games against Moldova and Ukraine.

Andy Carroll had lifted the Hammers and the match was put to bed effectively in the first half with the home side running riot. The big guy has an arial presence that is sublime and Big Sam has provided his side with a player that can provide a platform for the likes of  Matt Taylor, Mohamed Diame and Ricardo Vaz Te so they can run at defences and cause upsets.

Fulham had little response to the first goal from Nolan and things just got worse for them. With Carroll’s arial ability and Ricardo Vaz Te’s ability to run at his opponents, a cracking game of football was always on the cards and the crowd were loving it.

Fulham boys Damien Duff and Steve Sidwell had a few long range shots that were easily dealt with but they posed no serious threat to a West Ham that was growing in confidence.

Defensive errors from Fulham

Martin Jol lamented Fulham’s inability to deal with Carroll’s superb arial ability:

“If you are 5ft 8ins or 5ft 10ins tall maybe you have got a problem but we should have coped with it.

“Every game you see him, in the European Championships, you see he is good in the air, he is probably the best in the Premier League but I still feel there are a few answers for that but we couldn’t cope with that.

“The only positive for today was to see Dimitar Berbatov again and to see his class and quality, I have missed it.

All in all, Fulham had slightly more ball possession than the Hammers but it really didn’t matter. If you can’t put the ball away then something’s amiss, isn’t it? I’ll give you the example of the excellent Barcelona – what’s the point in achieving 68% ball possession when the other team wins – something’s not quite right. Don’t get me wrong, Barca is still the best team in the world but their continuous passing around and trying to wear opponents out is wearing a little thin for me. How about you?

Yossi Benayoun is back and Andy Carroll is a blessing

That’s right, Israeli Yossi Benayoun is back at Upton Park after Chelsea agreed to pay a bigger slice of the star’s wage -he’s on a succulent 90 grand a week.

Yossi is back for a season long loan from the blues after the two clubs reached a deal on how he should be paid after a few hours of negotiation.

It seems that with no permanent offers being tabled for the 32 year’s liking or Chelsea’s for that matter, a nice little loan deal was all that was left before the transfer deadline was reached.

He spent last season on loan to North Londoners Arsenal and stuck 6 goals in the net in 26 appearances. Apparently, there were a few enquiries from a number of Premier League clubs, but Yossi Benayoun favoured a return to Upton Park.

Regarding Andy Carroll I think we have found a winner. If anyone remembers Carroll’s superb header for England in the Euro 2012 Championship, they’ll catch my drift. he’s a big lad who’s strong in the air and creates presence up front and in my opinion will do pretty well at the Hammers.

We all know that Carroll had a really bad start to his Liverpool season last year and didn’t exactly live up to his potential or price tag. Many were thinking he was the next big signing flop – a bit like Fernando Torres. As it happens I also like Torres and he a Spanish Andy Carroll if you like and now that the Spaniard has found his feet after a long dry spell, I reckon we’ll see the player’s potential again.

Hodgson overlooked Andy’s poor start and his gamble paid off as Carroll had a nice Euro 2012 and stuck a lovely goal in to boot! Carroll also knows Hammers’ boss Sam Allardyce and skipper kevin Nolan from his days at Newcastle – so it’s a reuniting of the trio at Upton Park.

Andy Carroll is a quality player and will fit in nicely with Allardyce’s plans for the Hammers this season. We’ve a poor start but things are suddenly looking brighter with both Yossi Benayoun and Andy Carroll in the frame. I’m off as West Ham face a tough game against Martin Jol’s Fulham and Carroll is expected to make his debut.