Uninspiring draw at St Mary’s for West Ham United

It was a rather limp game, which ended in a 0-0 draw at St Mary’s this weekend for West Ham United.

The first half was lifeless to say the least with few chances from either side although stopper Jussi Jaaskelainen had to be on his toes to stop Saints new boy Dani Osvaldo from getting off the mark. [Read more…]

West Ham iron out Cardiff 2-0

West Ham United spoiled Cardiff City’s first game in the Premier League running out comfortable 2-0 winners at Upton Park.

Cardiff, who were last seasons runaway winners in the Championship, found it difficult to get an early foothold in the game and found themselves under pressure straight away.

West Ham made their early pressure count when in the 13th minute Joe Cole opened the scoring to make it 1-0 to the Hammer’s. [Read more…]

West Ham Robbed of A Famous Victory

West Ham United drew 2-2 with the mighty Manchester United in the Premier League last night but were robbed of a famous victory due to the inadequacy of a linesman.

The Hammers’ were up for this game from the first whistle as the game started at a blistering pace, with in form striker Andy Carroll going close after just five minutes when his shot from outside the box whistled past the post of United keeper David De Gea. [Read more…]

Southampton 1 – 1 West Ham United

West Ham United  took another step towards Premier League safety this weekend when they secured another valuable point by drawing 1-1 away to a Southampton team on an excellent run.

Mauricio Pochettino has really turned things around for The Saints and after a fine run of form they are now level on 38-points with West Ham after hovering just above the drop zone under former manager Nigel Adkins. [Read more…]

West Ham stun Stoke at The Britannia

West Ham United stunned Stoke City at the weekend by running out 1-0 winners at The Britannia Stadium.

It looked like being a tough day for West Ham when Peter Crouch overhead kicked Matt Taylor straight in the moosh and knocking the midfield player spark out in just the 10th minute of the game. [Read more…]

Aston Villa 2 – 1 West Ham

West Ham United failed to disappoint by continuing their awful away record in The Premiership by going down 2-1 to relegation strugglers Aston Villa.

Villa have now climbed out of the bottom three and are now just six points behind West Ham in the league table, which shows you how close West Ham are to being sucked into a relegation scrap.

The game was extremely poor from both sides with Villa relying on two set plays for their goals and West Ham requiring the help of a Villa player to score an own goal to get on the score sheet. [Read more…]

West Ham United 3 Birmingham City 3: Match Report

Ricardo Vaz Té’s late penalty saved West Ham’s bacon yesterday as the match ended 3 apiece against Birmingham City.

The first half of the match was something out of a horror story and threatened to damage West Ham’s promotion chances. Snatching just a point was not what the Hammers really wanted but they showed incredible spirit to come back from 3-1 down at the break.

The Hammers knew that Saints had won their game and were now 7 points adrift. With the pressure now on West ham could not afford to waste this opportunity of a game in hand. Sadly though, this is what they did and gifted Birmingham their goals to make it 1-3 at half time.

The lads from Birmingham punished the Irons for some sloppy football especially from the midfield where the ball was given away far too many times.Birmingham scored twice, both from the home side’s errors that saw them give the ball away in the midfield. Ricardo Vaz Té showed courage and scored almost straight after to make it 1-2 but then Birmingham got a corner and some defensive errors cost West Ham a third. The Hammers were booed off the park at half time.Big Sam Allardyce could only shake his head at such a poor performance from his lads.

After the break, Carlton Cole scored to make it 2 apiece and gave an invigorated West Ham some hope. West Ham had a lot of possession early on in the second half but it wasn’t used wisely as the best chances fell to their opponents with Rob Green keeping the Hammers’ hopes alive with a reflex save from Chris Burke. Curtis Davies also headed wide from a Jordan Mutch corner.

Allardyce was livid as two possible spot kicks were not given. Gary O’Neil went to ground in the penalty area after a challenge by Ramage but no penalty was given.Then West Ham’s players were angry as another penalty appeal went begging after Carlton Cole went down while tussling with Steven Caldwell in the penalty area.

West ham’s comeback was finally complete when Burke handled Henri Lansbury’s shot in the box, allowing Ricardo Vaz Té to rescue a point from the penalty spot for the Hammers that he confidently knocked in.

Match details

West Ham (4-4-2): Green; A Faye, Tomkins, Reid, McCartney (Collins 34); O’Neil, Noble (Baldock 82), Nolan; Vaz Te, Cole, Maynard (Lansbury 45).

Subs: Taylor, Demel.

Booked: Nolan, Lansbury.

Birmingham (4-5-1): Myhill; Ramage, Davies, Caldwell, Murphy; Burke, Fahey, N’Daw (Zigic 67), Mutch, Elliott; King (Townsend 85).

Subs: Doyle (gk), Huseklepp, Redmond.

Booked: N’Daw, Zigic, Burke.

Referee: Jonathan Moss.

Coventry 1 – 2 West Ham

West Ham came from 1 – 0 down against Coventry to win 2 – 1 and secure 3 points and a great comeback.

The Hammers had around 6,500 fans cheering them on at the Ricoh Arena, so the outstanding away day support continues.

“It is a satisfying afternoon,” Sam Allardyce said. “It is a great result to come back having gone a goal down at half-time. It is the first time we have shown this type of character.

“We were disappointed in our performance in the first half but we did something about it. Me by changing the system [from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2] and the players by performing better. They exerted pressure on Coventry which ended up paying off for us.”

That makes it four wins and a draw from the last five matches for Big Sams team, that’s promotion form right there I hope.

Southampton 1 – 0 West Ham

Sam Allardyce rued a solitary defensive lapse that cost West Ham dear at Southampton on this evening.

The Hammers are currently in second spot in The Championship, but they are now five points adrift of the Saints, who made it 17 straight home victories with their 1-0 triumph in front of a biggest-ever St. Mary’s crowd.

It came from a Jos Hooiveld header just before half-time, something Big Sam felt should have been avoided with his team’s aerial capabilities.

“It was disappointing to lose our unbeaten away record but even more disappointing to lose it off a set-play,” the manager said. “We didn’t really do anything in the first half although still had some chances. We conceded a soft goal from a situation we practice regularly. We are one of the biggest sides in the league but that didn’t stop us going one-nil down.

“We deserved something out of the game for our second-half performance. Unfortunately, our sharpshooting centre-forwards who were magnificent on Saturday didn’t have their shooting boots or the heading ability to score today. At least we came back and showed something of what we are really like in the second half. We took the game to them, were creative and created chances.”

Personally I think it was always going to be tough with the fortress Southampton have created at St. Mary’s, but to lose 1 – 0 to a bad error is slightly gutting! Oh well that’s football for you! Let’s hope we can win the return fixture next year! Come on you irons!