Filed: Saturday, 11th December 2010
By: Staff Writer
West Ham are now four points adrift of safety after going down 3-1 at home to title-chasers Man City at the Boleyn this afternoon.
With just one game to play before Christmas, Avram Grant's side are in serious danger of going into the holiday period bottom of the table - a position from which only one team has managed to survive since the Premier League's inception.
Yaya Toure gave the visitors a half time lead with a fiercely-struck drive on the half hour mark. But it wasn't until the 74th minute until that lead was doubled when Rob Green was credited with an own goal after Toure's close range strike rebounded off the post and rebounded off the unfortunate 'keeper.
Sub Andy Johnson added a third with the Hammers defence at sixes and sevens nine minutes from time before James Tomkins notched a consolation goal with a header from a corner.
Avram Grant revealed after the game that he was annoyed by referee Phil Dowd's decision not to award a penalty for a fairly obvious second half hand ball with the score at 0-1.
Grant has regularly criticised referees for decisions going against his team this season.
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by Tell it ho0w it is Charley
10:00AM 12th Dec 2010
''Shouldn't that read five points adrift? Surely the goal difference is such that it counts for a point. They need a miracle to survive. The game against Fulham is going to be massive.''
by g portugal
08:25PM 11th Dec 2010
''Grant cannot keep using the referee as an excuse. Refereees have also gotten us off the hook, as with Blackpool's diallowed goal. This is a sign of a man who is not up to the job to be blaming refereeing decisions. You have to be good enough on the day whether decisions go for you or against you.
This was men against boys, but that is not to say that our players didn't fight. They showed a lot more spirit than previously but we were simply up against a team with too many world-class players. We cannot cope with sides of this calibre when missing the likes of Noble and Behrami, especailly when we get no goals from Cole and Obinna hasn't started finding the net either.
As ugly as the table looks it is not too late, but big chnages need to be made ASAP with getting a goalscorer being paramount - and getting a new manager. Hughton and Jol are available -Grant seems to have run out of ideas and cannot seem to agree on a settled side. The chopping and changing, though partly due to injuries, is counter-productive and is costing us.''
07:02PM 11th Dec 2010
''Does anyone agree if Curbs was still in charge we would not be bottom of the league? And Pardew getting a five-year deal at Newcastle is a complete joke, they will probably be playing Championship football with us if Grant doesn't get the sack.''