Winston Reid withdraws from All Whites squad

West Ham defender Winston Reid has withdrawn from the New Zealand squad following his calf injury prior to the club’s 3-2 loss to Southampton. All Whites skipper Reid was stretchered off after picking up the injury in the warm-up at St.Mary’s. He was originally named in West Ham’s starting eleven but had to be replaced by Jose Fonte.

Reid will therefore miss both of New Zealand’s World Cup qualifiers against the Solomon Islands. Slaven Bilic has also said that he will play no part in the upcoming fixture against Newcastle. [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…]

Hammers want Saints striker Rickie Lambert

West Ham United are planning a summer swoop for Southampton frontman Rickie Lambert.

30 year old Lambert is currently the highest scoring Englisman in the Premier League and rumours are linking the striker to  West Ham in a summer move. [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.

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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!

Hooiveld Nabs Late Equalizer To Save Saints

It looked like the match was in the bag but Jos Hooiveld’s late equaliser earned a point for Southampton as the Championship’s top two clubs had to share the points at Upton Park.

Mark Noble stepped up for the irons and put them in front from the penalty spot before the break after being fouled by Southampton’s Billy Sharp.

The Southampton frontman was also involved in an incident that saw Matt Taylor sent off just before West Ham’s goal.

Saint’s striker Sharp was later denied by keeper Rob Green but equalised when Hooiveld tapped in from close range.

The result saw leaders West Ham united maintain their one-point advantage over Southampton, but both clubs missed out on a golden opportunity to inflict a significant blow on their nearest rival in the race for automatic promotion to the Premier League – a place where the Hammers are destined to go back to 🙂

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!