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What about Picy's goal at Wolves?
Imagine how the league table would look if that was given?
That was comedy in it's finest format.
An excellent result, garnered by what is, ostensibly at least, our strongest team. We may have been missing Keane, Obinna, and Collison (who I believe will not make an impact on this season), however, we were as strong as we could be. Finally, we have not had to make do with attempting to stick "square pegs into round holes" with players like Ben Haim, Gabbidon, Boa Morte, and Spector. Further, we have not been forced to rely on mercenary journeymen like Kovac, McCarthy, Illunga, Faubert, Dyer and Behrami, whose dubious commitment levels is matched by their respective ability levels.
Our new signings are showing well, and appear to be what the team has needed. Demba Ba, and Hitzelsperger look the real deal. Furthermore, you can take nothing away from the likes of Gary O Neil, who seems to be a crafty and well chosen purchase.
The backline seemed strong and resolute, and ensured that a decent Liverpool forward-line didnt have much joy throughout the game. The midfield showed genuine class in bossing the game, while Piquionne and Ba were a handful ! Well done West Ham !
R.Green 7 Nothing much to do until late in the game. One excellent save from Suarez
L.Jacobson 7 Contributed at the back, and going forward. Could have sneaked a goal.
W.Bridge 6 Solid, but could add more in attack. A player of undoubted ability, but doesnt seem interested.
M.Upson 8 Calm, cool and collected. His return was crucial today, and highlights how important he is.
J.Tomkins 8 Another exceelent day for the young boy. Two crucial last ditch tackles preserved the lead !
G.O'Neill 7 Lots of running. A good positional sense. Excellent cross for Demba's goal.
S.Parker 9 Res Ipsa Loquitor
T.Hitzelsperger 8 As good a PL debut as he could have wished for. An eye for a pass, and can break midfield deadlocks.
M.Noble 7 Competent and confident. Some over-running of the ball, but generally good.
D.Ba 8 Adds a new dimension to the frontline. It is clear taht he will be a massive player in the run in.
F.Piquionne 7 Lots of running, and links well with Ba.
C.Cole 7 Made a noteworthy contribution on arrival.
I try not to as i end up getting wound up.
Whats the URL?
I remember some of us trying some french comments on Ilungas blog, when he was putting in the performances (ie when he was on loan)
Wife and kids in a box if I'm not mistaken.
To emphasise my theme on it being players that matter .
Starting line up when we last played them :
Green, Jacobsen, Gabbs, Upson, Ilunga, Noble, Kovac, LBM, Obinna, Piquionne,Cole .
The ones in Bold started today .As did Tomkins, Parker, Ba, Bridge, O'Neil and Hitzelsperger .
We had the same Manager for both games .
Good point. It's fair to say that the manager should be able to deal with injuries and not have us bottom the entire season, but our injury list has been ridiculous at times. Out of that squad - Gabbs, LBM, Kovac and Ilunga can't even get onto our bench with a full squad and one of Piq/Cole would be on the bench. Avram has been dealt a hard card this season but since that particular game our form has constantly improved and since the new signings it has improved even further. I'm very excited about the finish to the season.
That was quite funny. He blatantly ****ed up, and then handballed it before Kuyt could grab the ball.
Anyway, a great performance from beginning to end and three good goals to boot. It's vrey telling for me that this was the first time this season we've been able to field what could be viewed as our strongest team, and we look very good for it.
Feeling confident we can get results against Stoke and Spurs at the moment, which up to this point all season long I've dreaded virtually every game.
Starting to look like the West Brom game could be the big turning point of the season.
Yes, the fightback at the Hawthorns was key .A sure sign they had not given up and were willing to scrap for points .
I may have mentioned it before but having your best players available tends to make a difference to most Managers ability to get results .
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