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Zola calls on strikers to perform at Blackburn
Wednesday, 18th March 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''After West Ham were held to a goalless draw at home to Premier League basement club West Bromwich Albion on Monday night, it was clear for all to see that the Hammers lacked a certain degree of firepower in their attack. This was partly down to the absence of Carlton Cole, Jack Collison and Valon Behrami who have all provided West Ham with a great deal of attacking threat so far this season. However, this shouldn’t be used as an excuse...''


Progression
Monday, 16th March 2009
by Paul Turner
''On Newsnow this morning, sandwiched inbetween numerous news sources reporting on the Sheffield United and West Ham United settlement over Carlos Tevez was the following headline: "Zola sets his sights on the future as West Ham launch their mission to Europe (Daily Mail)."..''


West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion
Sunday, 15th March 2009
by Preview Percy
''We next entertain West Bromwich Albion in a 8pm Monday kick-off. The two teams last met in September when Kevin Keen was in charge for his one game as caretaker manager immediately prior to the arrival of Gianfranco Zola to the hot seat. ..''


Why I am a West Ham fan
Tuesday, 10th March 2009
by John Simkin
''My father took me to my first football game when I was about six years old. He was born in North Landon and was a passionate Sp*rs fan. The game was against Arsenal. I stood on a stool at the front and I watched the game through the curved railings that was on the top of the wall...''


Curbishley has his say on Cole, Ashton and West Ham’s defence
Monday, 9th March 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''When it became apparent that former Hammers boss Alan Curbishley was to appear as a guest on Goals on Sunday, it was obvious what they were going to ask him about most – West Ham United’s season...''


Wigan Athletic v West Ham Utd
Tuesday, 3rd March 2009
by Preview Percy
''And so to Wigan for a 7.45pm kick off against one of the least likeable Chairman/Manager combinations in the Premier League. ..''


Collison delights Zola as West Ham move up to seventh
Monday, 2nd March 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''After watching his West Ham United team pick up three valuable points against a Manchester City team that has cost millions and millions to put together, Gianfranco Zola hailed the performance of his team as ‘superb’...''


West Ham Utd v Man City
Sunday, 1st March 2009
by Preview Percy
''And so, after the disappointment of seeing us exit the cup up at the Riverside we return to “concentrate on the league” against Manchester City for a much-despised 12.30 kick-off. ..''


Middlesbrough v West Ham Utd
Tuesday, 24th February 2009
by Preview Percy
''Next up a replay return to the Riverside where Boro’ await as we do battle for the right to visit Everton in the quarter-final, whenever that gets to be played. ..''


A settled striker is a happy striker
Tuesday, 24th February 2009
by Paul Turner
''Carlton Cole can now be described by the press as “England Striker Carlton Cole”. His good form of late December to January earned Cole his chance and England manager Fabio Capello decided to try him out against Spain. After all the back slapping and congratulations over Cole’s call up has ended we can now take a closer look at our number 12 and evaluate properly...''


Spector eyes European place as slow start frustrates Zola
Monday, 23rd February 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''Anyone who thinks that West Ham United’s Premier League season isn’t going to finish with that much excitement – think again. Many expect the Hammers mid-table position to result in a rather uneventful finish to the season; however Jonathan Spector has other ideas...''


Bolton Wanderers v West Ham Utd
Friday, 20th February 2009
by Preview Percy
''And so to Horwich, current home of Bolton Wanderers, for our second Saturday 3pm kick-off in a row...''


The perfect blend
Thursday, 19th February 2009
by Christopher Smith
''With the recent news of Scott Parker signing a new deal, West Ham United supporters can rightly feel positive about the direction in which the club is headed...''


Ashton targets pre-season return
Tuesday, 17th February 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''It was confirmed yesterday that West Ham’s forgotten man Dean Ashton will not play again this season. The striker is being cautious before returning from ankle surgery to ensure that he is 100% fit when he does make his comeback. ..''


West Ham Utd v Middlesbrough
Saturday, 14th February 2009
by Preview Percy
''Cup time again and we prepare for a visit from Boro’ for a 5th round tie that has managed to escape the clutches of the professional TV broadcasters – and ITV – to ensure a rare 3pm Saturday start at the Boleyn. What will they think of next?..''


Zola proud of performance - and rightly so
Monday, 9th February 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''It is fair to say that the Boleyn Ground crowd were satisfied with the performance their team put in against Manchester United yesterday. A huge round of applause was in produced from the fans and it said a lot about how they thought the team had done...''


West Ham Utd v Manchester Utd
Friday, 6th February 2009
by Preview Percy
''Next up we have the mob from Salford. It’s a Sky game which means two things. Firstly it’s a 4pm Sunday start, and secondly the cameras will face the right way and they’ll leave the adverts until half and full-time. ..''


Success and conservatism: the manager’s dilemma
Tuesday, 3rd February 2009
by John Simkin
''In his book "The Mackericks: English Football When Flair Wore Flares" (1994), Rob Steen suggested that winning the World Cup in 1966 was the worst thing that could have happened to English football because "it established deep in the English footballing consciousness the notion that the functionality of Alf Ramsay’s side was the only way to achieve success". Steen was making the important point that the problem with success is that it breeds conservatism. ..''


The transfer window post mortem
Tuesday, 3rd February 2009
by Paul Turner
''If there is anything to be learnt from the summer transfer window is that we should all give West Ham 24 hours after the window closes to announce any done deals. That time it was the deals for David Di Michele and Illunga that were announced late, the excuse being put down to waiting for clearance from the pro per authorities. ..''


Financially sound
Monday, 2nd February 2009
by Matthew Kemp
''So another transfer deadline ends, and West Ham United's signings during the transfer window are an amazing two players (one joining on loan)...''


West Ham turnaround is all down to Zola, says Behrami
Monday, 2nd February 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were all worrying about everything related to West Ham. The team weren’t performing, relegation was a distinct possibility, the finances looked uncertain and all of the best players were going to be sold...''


West Ham Utd v Hull City
Tuesday, 27th January 2009
by Preview Percy
''We next return to league action for Wednesday’s Live on Sky match when we entertain Hull City...''


A settled midfield?
Monday, 26th January 2009
by Lee Byron
''After months of brave tinkering it looks like our man Zola has finally settled on his four main midfielders, with cameo appearances for everyone else. Good for you ‘Franco. So why do these four players work together so well? Let’s take a look at them individually, and then as a whole...''


Parker confident over Upton Park stay
Monday, 26th January 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''Amid plenty of speculation about his future, Scott Parker has insisted that he will remain a West Ham player for many years to come. The 28-year-old has been the subject of interest for Manchester City during the current transfer window and the Hammers have snubbed a bid for his services...''


Confidence is key
Friday, 23rd January 2009
by Ben McGowan
''I was convinced throughout the 2006/07 ‘Great Escape’ that we wouldn’t go down, that we would beat the drop. We didn’t go down then and I have faith that not all is doom and gloom at West Ham, and that we will not suffer that fate this season either...''




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