Randolph opts for Boro switch

Following the arrival of Joe Hart on loan from Man City, Darren Randolph has opted to further his career in the Championship after agreeing an £5m switch to Middlesbrough.

Randolph competed with Adrian for a position under the sticks at the London Stadium and while he had his good moments, he didn’t exactly inspire confidence among Hammers fans.

A key reason for Randolph’s departure was the 2018 World Cup, with the 30 year old keen for regular football in order to stay as Ireland’s No.1 ahead of Keiren Westwood. [Read more…]

Video Payet goal v Boro wins Goal of the Month Award October 2016

Dimitri Payet’s superb solo strike vs Middlesbrough has been named as the Premiership’s goal of the month for October 2016. The other nominees for the Carling Goal of the Month were Ozil (v Swansea), Holebas (v Boro), Fuchs (v Palace), Shaqiri (v Hull), Ramirez (v Bournemouth), Aguero (v WBA) and Costa (v Southampton)

If you’re not one of Antonio Barragan, Marten de Roon, Calum Chambers, Ben Gibson or George Friend, you’ll love this goal! [Read more…]

First PL goal in 182 days for Dimi- Video Payet goal vs Middlesbrough 2016

Dimitri Payet broke his league drought against Middlesbrough over the weekend and what a goal it was from the French star! We keep using superlatives for him, but as with previous strikes, this goal is well worth two minutes (more if you like replays!) of your time! [Read more…]

Boro Give Hammers A Lifeline

Watching the Middlesbrough v Southampton game I was hoping Boro could do us a favour against the much fancied Saints, especially as Boro needed a win to keep their own play off hopes alive.

After all of 46 seconds my hopes started to fade when up popped Billy Sharp with a goal to make it 1 – 0 to the St Mary’s outfit!

However being a Hammer you need to believe so I carried on watching and after a lot of half chances for both teams Boro got back in it on the stroke of half time with a cross converted by Bailey. Good times there was a glimmer of hope!

Second half I was hoping Boro would turn the screw but Southampton came out the traps wanting to put the promotion battle to bed and gave their hosts a bit of a battering for the few period of the second half.

A spot of controversy reigned a few moments later when Lallana went through on goal only to be fouled by the last man who had already been booked, I thought oh dear 10 men for Middlesbrough but unbelievably the ref kept his cards in his pocket and Lambert fired over from the free kick.


Then after being slightly battered from Southampton attacks the Tee Siders got a free kick and it was curled home beautifully by Zemmama!

So after a nervous 90 minutes watching on behalf of my team I am pleased our very slim automatic promotion hopes are still alive! So all we need now is victory over Leicester and Southampton to slip up against the already relegated Coventry City! Should be an exciting last day if we win Monday with the odds stacked in Southampton’s favour, but hey stranger things have happened! COYI!

Yet Another Draw For The Irons

Promotion chasing West Ham United were left deluded last night as Middlesbrough’s Tony Mowbray felt his side lay bare the Hammers’ fans delusion of grandeur. The irons were held to a fourth draw in a row. The Upton Park crowd are none too pleased with their team’s performance.

Middlesbrough manage to stifle West Ham’s advances for the first sixty minutes of the match until Abdoulaye Faye broke the deadlock with a neat header into the visitor’s net. This was Faye’s first goal for the Hammers but the home side’s joy was to be short lived as Middlesbrough substitute Bart Ogbeche levelled the scores late into the match on with an awesome solo goal.

This draw has now left Allardyce’s side outside the automatic promotion places and Middlesbrough boss Mowbray pointed out that the Upton Park fans’ lofty opinion of their club maybe counting against them:

“I thought our team came and did what was expected. It was our prerogative to come here and make life difficult for them; to see if we could create some anxiety in the stadium,” Mowbray said.

“I think we did that. The crowd get frustrated, every bad pass, every interception, there’s a groan.

“I think the expectation of the fan base is they should be in the Premier League. They see it almost as an insult that they’re playing their football in the Championship.”

A few Tweets of the week seemed to sum up how Upton Park feel about the situation:

We were shocking! Big Sam is going to cost us promotion and the club with his tactics, formations and players – @joebarr1973

Five draws in a row is unacceptable. Allardyce got the substitutions completely wrong. Bringing on Carew instead of Baldock was madness – @JeganWHU

We lacked creativity, flair, width and guile. I don’t know why Sam doesn’t give Lansbury and Morrison a chance. We were really poor on Tuesday night – @KwamsMoriarty

We cannot be happy after a fourth straight draw. I am still trying to get over another shocking home performance where Maynard and Cole go of to be replaced by an out of form Collison and the snail Carew. What is Big Sam thinking? We could be out of the automatic promotion race by Saturday evening – @stevetiley47

Sack Sam now, that performance was shocking. The football is absolutely dire – @JimboNorwood

The tactical substitutions at 1-0 were huge mistakes. West Ham need offensive coaching with nice passing instead of long balls – @FrencHammer

I think Big Sam has got to teach the players one-touch football at speed, not long punt football. Bring back Zola, at least we passed the ball then – @prolaz22

West Ham are sinking into the quagmire of the play-offs. If they do they will not make it to the final – @Apisadmirer

We have to earn the right to go up and we just haven’t done that this season… Us supporters turn up and know exactly what we’re gonna get – @louisb91

We were not good enough again but I can’t understand the ‘Sack Allardyce’ movement. It is possible to play 4-5-1 well you know. Our players just are not good enough – @bab_whu


West Ham (4-2-3-1): Green; McCartney, Faye, Collins O’Brien; Tomkins, Noble; Maynard (Collison 71); Taylor, Nolan (Baldock 87); Cole (Carew 71). Subs: Lansbury, Morrison.

Middlesbrough(4-3-3): Steele; Bennett, Bates, Hines, Hoyte; Smallwood (Martin 80), Thomson (Ogbeche 80), Bailey; Emnes (Zemmama 76), Jutkiewicz, Hammill. Subs: Arca, McMahon

Referee: S Mathieson (Cheshire)