Jussi backing West Ham to bounce back

West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is backing Sam Allardyce’s team to bounce back and learn from their mistakes following their defeat to Wigan.

Our boys produced one of their worst displays since returning to the Premier League and handed Wigan their first home win in the league this season capitulating 2-1 to the home side.

West Ham had been in a fine run of form until the Wigan match and blew the chance to go 4th in the table which would have been an incredible position to find ourselves in considering we have just been promoted and would have had a better start than many of the big guns.

Jaaskelainen, who has been in outstanding form this season for West Ham, believes the team did not put in the kind of performance the fans would have expected, but hopes that the experience will stand the team in good stead:

We did not really turn up in the first-half and in the second-half we gave them a soft goal which did not help.

After that I think we played OK. We created a few chances and as always when you are losing we would have liked to play for a few more minutes at the end.

We did not play well as individuals or as a team and we did not cope with the counter-attacking way in which Wigan played, so it is very disappointing.

The Hammers will need to raise their game for the next fixture which will see Sam Allardyce pit his West Ham team up against Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City. City will be without a few key defenders for the match so maybe this is a good time to play them, if there is ever a good time to play a team with their quality of players.

The Goalkeeping Dilemma

So news coming out of the rags today is that Rob Green is not playing ball with a new contract and West Ham are looking to sign a new number 1 with Mr. Green’s imminent departure.

We all know what’s in the media isn’t exactly gospel, but if they are right and Greeny is on his way then what are our alternatives? Iron Bobby has two possible candidates who could fill the goalkeepers jersey quite nicely should we need it.

Jussi Jaaskelainen1. Jussi Jaaskelainen

The keeper is available on a free transfer after his club Boltons demise from The Premiership.

Not the youngest goalie on the list but he has a wealth of experience in the top flight and would be as steady as they come for a few seasons while we source a long term option.

There is a reason Jaaskelainen was courted by Manchester United on numerous occasions as well as a host of other top clubs, the guy is a great keeper and if Green went then I would not be upset with the prospect of having this guy between the sticks next season.

Paul-Robinson2. Paul Robinson

Robinson is another keeper who had the misfortune of being relegated to The Championship after Blackburn endured a torrid campaign under Steve Kean.

However this should not detract from that fact that Robinson is a top keeper and produced some wonderful saves last season. Like Jasskelainen he has a wealth of top level experience and has a lot of good years left in the tank.

The only downside is he played for Spurs 🙂

So there we have it, my two stand out candidates who will either be available on a free transfer or command a low fee, leaving vital funds for Sam to strengthen the rest of the squad. There are other keepers who I was thinking of, Wayne Hennessey of Wolves was one of them until I saw he is out for six months so wouldn’t be ideal!

How about your thoughts? Who would you bring in should Green seek pastures new?