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Believe it or not, West Ham can make history today.
A win at Barnsley will better our previous record of winning 11 away matches in a single season, which was way back in the 1957/1958 campaign. It was the season when Ted Fenton’s Hammers clinched the Division Two title and John Dick was top scorer with 26 goals in all competitions.
Unfortunately, it’s looking very unlikely that we’ll be celebrating a record breaking season as league champions again but, that doesn’t really matter anymore, does it?
Last Saturday’s loss to Reading was hard to take, especially after starting so well. The game did nothing to reassure us that Big Sam is getting to the bottom of our ‘inability to perform at home’ problem and it put us further away from our goal of automatic promotion. Despite that, and with six games left to play, a four point gap between us and second spot isn’t that big a mountain to climb. Reading will no doubt slip up and they’ve still got to go to Southampton. We’ve still got a lot to do, yes, but the season is far from over.
Anyway, with today’s visit to Barnsley in mind, we’ve got a big chance to put last week’s disappointment behind us and keep up the pressure on the top two. What’s important is that we don’t make it hard for ourselves. If we make a job of it then there’ll be more nerves and pressure on the team going into Monday’s meeting with Birmingham.
There has been a lot of discussion about what formation and what selection Allardyce should go with today. Many are calling for a Sam Baldock and Nicky Maynard partnership up front, while others are calling for Ravel Morrison to be given his first real chance for the club. Personally, Baldock deserves his chance to start. His last few appearances off the bench have been encouraging and he always looks hungry for a goal. He’s a player who, despite missing a few chances over the past few games, will only need a goal to re-discover the form that made him a fan’s favourite earlier in the season.
It is also a good game for Morrison to show us all what he can do. We’re all looking forward to seeing the youngster in action and an away day at 18th placed Barnsley will be a good time to throw him in to the mix.
There are rumours that Julien Faubert hasn’t travelled which, if true, will be a loss to us. The Frenchman has been like a new man this season and testament has to go to Big Sam for being able to get the best out of him. Barnsley have just two wins in their last 10 outings but will want to win to give themselves a chance of staying clear of the relegation zone. They’re currently nine points clear, but with six games left a poor run of form could suck them in before they even know it. I’m not going to hazard a guess at how we’ll line up today or what the score might be, purely because there’s so many variations of how Allardyce can approach this game and whenever I predict a scoreline it almost always goes the opposite way.
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Sam Lets Them Have It!
I`m not sure if it is going to further endear him to the Hammers faithful or alienate him a little more.
But Big Sam clearly seems to be getting riled by some of the criticism that has been cascading down from the terraces just recently as West Ham struggle to maintain a grip on an automatic promotion place.
Sam`s latest rant seems to be aimed at those who continue to offer negative comments, with Sam reeling off the following,
"Negativity has been very much in the forefront recently, which is strange because we have lost one in twelve."
"You get opinions about our results like 'James Tomkins shouldn`t be playing in midfield because he is a centre-half.`
"You get all that b******s. What happens is I look at the performance of every player and say to everyone who says that: 'You`re talking b******s."
"He played in that role for three games when we had 10 men - so that is how short memories are. That is how much b******s is talked in football."
"I don`t listen to that drivel because what bothers me is that James Tomkins plays well."
I think we get the point Sam!
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So this week our esteemed Vice-Chair-Woman Karren Brady decreed that Big Sam’s job will be safe even in the worst case scenario of the club not sealing promotion this season.
So how do we all feel about this? To be perfectly honest I have been rather disappointed by Sam’s conduct. Results haven’t been as good as we would’ve expected of late but I’m of the opinion that Allardyce shouldn’t be judged until the season’s end as he could still achieve his solitary objective of promotion.
What I am disappointed about are recent quotes attributed to Big Sam most specifically about the fans ‘talking b*llocks’ with reference to the criticism of his decision to replace Mark Noble with James Tomkins in midfield during the Reading game. I feel such comments at such a crucial stage of the season are divisive to say the least…at a time when the fans, manager and players all need to be in tune with each other such comments only serve to
further alienate him from fans still smarting over being labelled ‘deluded.’
As I stated earlier I feel with regards to the dreaded ‘vote of confidence’ this week from Mrs Brady I do believe Sam should only be judged at the end of the season. His remit at the start
of the campaign was to get us up and he’s been given virtually everything he could possibly need to do so from Messer’s Gold and Sullivan. Up until this point the season however has been disappointing and frustrating; as at the most crucial stage of this marathon we seem to have lost all confidence and momentum that’s been accrued to this point. And the season long problem of winning at home still hasn’t been addressed.
Though we’ve all been told that Sam will be in charge next season I believe it’s very much dependant on how the season ends; if we go up he’ll stay, if we gallantly/unluckily lose the Play-Off final he’ll stay, if we got knocked out in the Play-Off semi’s (given our shocking home form that’s a real possibility) it could cost him his job.
One thing that is for certain is that if Sam is to remain manager of West Ham United beyond this season a hell of a lot work will have to be done by himself to get the fans back on-side.
Right now his approval rating amongst Irons fans is at an all time low.
well at last I can see one good thing to come out of the move to the OS, it will piss off that whingeing b*stard Hearne. he is an insidious little creep who just wants to prevent someone else having something better than him, I hope IF the worst happens and we move the obnoxious little twat ends up bankrupt trying to take legal action over us at every excuse, he is more two faced than McCabe, want the totts there but not us...
'appy Easter from an overcast and chilly Ecuador ~ where they don't do chocolate eggs. Not even sure they have invented chocolate yet !!!!
Mancini ~ I would punch Balotelli every day....Brilliant.....
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