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Strike force zero

Filed: Monday, 26th March 2012
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United's strikers have managed to score just 20 goals between them all season - that's EIGHT less than the Championship's leading goalscorer on his own.

Much has been made of West Ham's misfiring forwards this season, with Carlton Cole in particular having come under fire for failing to hit double figures despite having scored four more than his closest rival, Sam Baldock.

In stark contrast, Southampton's Ricky Lambert - who currently tops the league's goalscoring charts - has hit 28 this season.

Or the remaining forwards to find the back of the net Sam Allardyce's side this term, John Carew and Freddie Piquionne - currently on loan at Doncaster - have a pair each, whilst recent signing Nicky Maynard and Frank Nouble - currently at Barnsley - have one each.

The only West Ham player to reach double figures thus far this season is captain Kevin Nolan, who scored his tenth of the campaign aganst Burnley at the weekend - thus makng him the first midfielder to reach double figures since Frank Lampard scored 14 goals in the 1999/2000 season some 12 years previously.

Barn Doors and Banjos: 2011/12 Stats (WHU appearances only)

Carlton Cole
Goals this season: 9
Goals in 2012: 1
Appearances: 34
Last goal: 4th February 2012 (West Ham Utd 2-1 Millwall)
2011/12 Strike rate: 1 goal every 3.8 appearances

Sam Baldock
Goals this season: 5
Goals in 2012: 0
Appearances: 21
Last goal: 5th November 2011 (Hull 0-2 West Ham Utd)
2011/12 Strike rate: 1 goal every 4.2 appearances

Frank Nouble
Goals this season: 1
Goals in 2012: 0
Appearances: 5
Last goal: Last goal: 31st December 2011 (Derby 2-1 West Ham Utd)
2011/12 Strike Rate: 1 goal every 5 appearances

Nicky Maynard
Goals this season: 1
Goals in 2012: 1
Appearances: 8
Last goal: 21st February 2012 (Blackpool 1-4 West Ham Utd)
2011/12 Strike rate: 1 goal every 8 appearances

John Carew
Goals this season: 2
Goals in 2012: 0
Appearances: 19
Last goal: 15th October 2011 (West Ham Utd 4-0 Blackpool)
2011/12 Strike rate: 1 goal every 9.5 appearances

Freddie Piquionne
Goals this season: 2
Goals in 2012: 0
Appearances: 21
Last goal: 29th November (Middlesbrough 0-2 West Ham Utd)
2011/12 Strike rate: 1 goal every 10.5 appearances

Freddie Sears
Goals this season: 0
Goals in 2012: 0
Appearances: 11
Last goal: 21st February 2011 (West Ham Utd 5-1 Burnley)
2011/12 Strike Rate: n/a

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by East_East
11:40AM 27th Mar 2012
''How long did we spend courting Maynard, someone who's scored goals at this level? Then what happens when we eventually get him? Sam sticks him out on the right wing, then hauls him off after an hour when he's looked lively and dangerous. What was the point in signing him?

Play him with Cole in a two so he can feed off his flicks and stop all this dull, predictable 4-5-1 rubbish. Are we really that bad we have to set up to try and grind out wins in this league? We should be playing the lot of them off the park.''

by Tonka
05:00PM 26th Mar 2012
''Very unfair on Baldock - how many of his 21 appearances have been full 90 minutes and how many just the last 10 minutes as a sub?

I think BFS is responsible for this situation in two ways - firstly all of these strikers have been constantly in and out of the side so they have no opportunity to build on a good performance or make amends for a bad one; Secondly our tactics tend to produce lots of half chances and not many clear cut ones.

Play Baldock and Maynard from the start. Keep the ball on the ground unless you're putting a decent cross in. Stick to that team and those tactics. Use Cole for variety later in games. It's our only hope.''

by johnny elahrairah
05:00PM 26th Mar 2012
''Simply put, this isn't good enough. Cole should have shone at this level but really hasn't. Allardyce has bought in a load of strikers, all of which looked good on paper but none has yet delivered. This insistence on 4-5-1 means that none of the forwards gets enough time to gel, and we're too often relying on one flawed attacker leaving the midfielders to make up their errors.''

by Paul W
01:44PM 26th Mar 2012
''I think the management at West Ham need to use the dictionary. All too often they are getting confused between "prolific" and "profligate".

For many years now strikers have been treating West Ham like a student on gap year, for some, Carlton Cole for example seem to view us as a retirement home. Nice bloke for sure and of course he loves WHUFC... I don't think anyone else would pay his wages. 60 odd career goals in 11 years.

I know the game is changing but wouldn't 180 goals be more of an expected return? Still I cant wait to see the photos from when he signs his next contract extention.''

by Tell it how it is Charlie!
01:31PM 26th Mar 2012
''I for one would like to see Carlton Coleīs work rate stats, how much ground he covers through matches etc. They should have sold him to Stoke for Ģ4m when they had the chance (another Upson, Mr. Sullivan? Too good for Stoke -) )!

The drop down of league should have done Cole the world of good, just like Tomkins who I think has taken advantage of the drop in quality. Itīs allowed him to play consecutive games and get much needed confidence and match experience. Tomkins, probably now is ready for the Premier League.

Collinson, is another that has been disappointing for me this season. He is another that should be scoring freely at this level.''

by hibs hammer
12:18PM 26th Mar 2012
''Except Baldock is continously used as a sub in the last ten minutes, so a bit unfair, perhaps minutes on the pitch against goals scored would be fairer. What a nightmare Cole had on Saturday, I think Geoff Boycott's nan could have scored those two. Costly costly, need to start attacking this week before it's too late.''

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