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Give it a rest already

I watched the West Ham - Birmingham game last night which we, West Ham, somehow contrived to win despite being a man down and playing very badly in the second half. The team looked very fragile, even in the first half which they dominated, and it was clear that any pressure from Birmingham was going to cause trouble. Fortunately for the Hammers, Birmingham didn't take advantage of this at first.

The main point of interest for the commentators was the possibility that the manager might be fired. Admittedly the team aren't doing very well at the bottom of the Premier League but they are still in two cup competitions and only 2 points separates them 14 place. But it seemed like every comment was about how the manager might lose his job. The fact that they'd beaten Man U 4-0 in the previous round seemed uninteresting, even though no other English club has done so this year. It all was very down on the Hammers so much so that chilledchimp got bored of my comments.


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Jan. 12th, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
I blame T, as she came down to watch the second half with me. She refused to believe that we had looked good before the break.

I thought Upson did pretty well at LB. He got forward and put in some decent balls; and defensively, he was beaten outside a few times but didn't fare any worse than our more established candidates have. And the fluid middle during the first half, with Spector, Noble, Parker and Sears changing in and out of each other, worked well too.

It is a bit concerning that we have yet to sign anyone to strengthen the team, or to dispose of any of the overpaid layabouts. But even so I would expect the team to stay up with Grant as manager.
Jan. 12th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
It was surprising how we capitulated midfield in the second half when we came under pressure. I'm not entirely sure why that was but may have been something to do with the links between the forwards and the midfield. Obinna and Piquionne whilst showing some individual skill, didn't really seem to be working for the team much. Or the defence being less keen to press forwards as they did early. Or it might be a fitness question, given the small size of the squad, they might just have been tired. They've played a lot of games in the last month.
Jan. 12th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
I feel really sorry for Avram Grant and hope West Ham get out of trouble soon. Good to see Freddie Sears score a goal recently!
Jan. 12th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
Although there was much rejoicing round these parts when Millwall beat Palace and Burley was sacked, I wouldn't want to see your lot go down either. Let's hope Dougie's got the nous to motivate the squad because surely, like us, you have the talent.
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