Filed: Sunday, 14th August 2011
By: Staff Writer
Doncaster supporters have their say on West Ham's narrow 1-0 win at the Keepmoat Stadium yesterday afternoon...
"First half, West Ham were in total control - we hardly even got into their third of the pitch. The Nolan goal was poor, a player shouldn't be getting on the end of a cross in that position. Going 1-0 down so early against an Allardyce team is never a good idea. Second half we were better, more direct and won the ball further up the pitch. We had a couple of decent chances but we were not clinical enough. West Ham always seemed pretty comfortable and didn't look like throwing the points away as they were difficult to break down."
"I think West Ham got away with that one. And a few of their stars will be going home tonight thinking 'I thought we'd walk back to the gravy train, but we couldn't show up a pub team!' If anything West Ham were fitter, and their midfield was all over ours most of the match - but can you blame anyone for not getting into the game much against a Premier League side of multi-millionaires?"
"You have to look at the players in West Ham's team and the cost of it, they have players in and around the England set-up and it's like competing on a totally different level, really. We were decimated by injuries but I thought we gave it a good go and were a bit unfortunate to get nothing, especially on the balance of play. It's disappointing not to have any points, but it's not all doom and gloom by any means. "
"West Ham are favourites to go up [so] I expected them to impress today, but all I can say is I won't be putting money on them. It may be early days but they're going to lose some of those players out there today so will probably be even less impressive in two months' [time]. Remembering some of the performances from teams that have been promoted in recent seasons, West Ham are miles behind."
- Viking Don
"I thought we showed an average-looking West Ham far too much respect in the first 25 minutes ,with no-one willing to bust a gut to help Brown out up front. The midfield seemed happy to just sit back and let them play. Having said that, once we got to grips and started to mix it, I thought we made [Scott] Parker look ordinary and with a bit of luck, we could have got something from the game points-wise - and not just positives."
"West Ham almost played our second team with the likes of Sharp, Hayter, Mason, Stock, O'Connor, Woods et al not present to rip apart a distinctly average West Ham team. On another day, with our missing players [present], you would have undoubtedly have been put to the sword."
"[We] showed them too much respect early on and then made them look average when we plucked up [the] courage to have a go. West Ham struck me as a bit like Newcastle [last season], not a great 'team' but [with] good enough players individually to go up."
"We should have been two-nil down at half time as the shot that hit the bar was real quality. Nolan is a class act and I expect him to get 30 at this level. However the second half was an excellent performance and gave me hope for the future."
"West Ham were nothing flash at all today but their defence looked solid - and Tomkins was quality at the centre of it. They will be in the mix at the end of the season simply because they will not concede a lot of goals."
"Parker clearly didn't want to be there. He's obviously waiting for his agent to ring him so he can be off. He didn't want to play today and it was obvious he wasn't giving his all. Very lacklustre."
* Comments originally posted on www.drfc-vsc.co.uk and www.doncasterrovers-mad.co.uk.
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05:18AM 15th Aug 2011
''The comment on Parker is very telling. Many supporters have noticed Parker's lack of commitment, which is inexcusable considering that he is on £70k-a-week. We cannot have any passengers in our bid for promotion and Sam should do the right thing: he should bench a sulking Parker.''