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!

Hammers Draw With Millwall

Sam Allardyce settled for a point from a competitive London derby at Millwall today but knew his team had made enough chances to have taken all three.

The Hammers headed to The Den in great away form and could have had a tremendous start inside the first minute when Henri Lansbury caught home keeper David Forde napping. Lansbury shot towards an empty net from fully 40 yards only to see it just flash wide.

He also hit the bar and Julien Faubert went close in the first half before Kevin Nolan and David Bentley spurned golden opportunities in the second 45. Although it is six games unbeaten, a first win at Millwall since 1991 still eludes the Hammers.

“We are disappointed we didn’t win it but we respect the point we have got and a clean sheet based on the pressure Millwall put us under in the first half,” said Allardyce.

“I thought it was a fantastic piece of vision from Henri [in the first minute]. I was thinking ‘why the hell are you shooting from there?’He must have seen the keeper in the position he was and had the ball been on target it would have gone in the back of the net.

“It would have been nice to been talking about that goal but unfortunately it didn’t go in.”

Millwall recovered well from that early scare and gave as good as they got before half-time. Robert Green had to be alert for occasional forays forward but the Hammers looked more dangerous, even if they did have less of the ball than their hosts.

Even though we didn’t win we didn’t lose and against Millwall away I am happy with that! Can’t allow them any bragging rights now can we!