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Knives out for Allardyce

Filed: Tuesday, 27th March 2012
By: Staff Writer

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson and club captain Grant McCann will be doing their utmost to ensure West Ham's promotion charge suffers a further setback at London Road tonight.

The under-fire Sam Allardyce takes his team to London Road this evening in an attempt to get the Hammers' campaign for automatic promotion back on the rails after a string of disappointing draws.

But Ferguson and McCann - who played for West Ham under Harry Redknapp and Glenn Roeder between 1998 and 2003 - are looking forward to heaping further misery on the current West Ham manager and his team.

"We’re at home to the biggest club in the Championship. We’re under no illusions about the size of the task," said Ferguson. "They have some great players, a top manager and the best away record in the Championship - so the task facing us is obvious.

"But we have proved that we can beat anyone in this division as long as we play to our highest standards. We showed what we can do when beating Reading [3-1] last week and there’s no doubt in my mind that we will give them a very tough game, if we play to our best.

"There is a lot of pressure on West Ham as they have to win. They are four points behind second place and this is their game in hand. They are not likely to catch Southampton at the top so they need to win this one, but my lads won’t need much motivation either."

"West Ham are big and strong. They haven’t been on the best of runs, but they are still proving very difficult to beat," added McCann, who is best remembered at West Ham for scoring an own goal in the 7-1 defeat at Blackburn in October 2001 .

"It goes without saying it’s a tough match for us, but if anyone can beat them we can. We’ve shown what we can do when we are on our game at home and if we perform like we did against Reading, we can beat West Ham.

"It’s a big game for me as an old player. I’d love to score the winner in the last minute from a free-kick. We’re all looking forward to playing West Ham and with the crowd behind us like they were last week we must have a great chance."

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Your Comments

by Sean Tyla
01:08PM 29th Mar 2012
''Been a true blue iron since I was 11. I'm 66. Nothing wrong with Sam. We lack creativity in midfield and with no-one with the confidence and skill to run at people we bottle out and play it long. We're a point off an automatic promotion place with a Premier League squad who too often have a Championship mentality. It's not Sam's fault - he's performed well. The players need a lift at home and it's up to us to give it to them. Stop booing and start supporting!''

by Ironman
09:37AM 28th Mar 2012
''Dear Staff Writer. Well said. I take it on the chin but me accusing you guys of having an imaginary agenda for years? You wouldn't get that one to stand up in a court of law.... now you are going too far! As Jerry McGuire would say (or was it his mate?) 'Show me the money'.

I am sorry If I have given that impression because this is by far the best WHUFC site there is and you are easily the most reliable. You'll have to excuse me. Sitting in The East Stand for years I've so used to moaning... but it aint all bad... The Irons and KUMB that is. I guess when I'm not moaning I just don't bother to email you. Such is life.

Anyway, keep the faith and keep up the (generally) excellent work... but I still say your headline is misleading... (Tee Hee!)''

by Staff Writer
12:51PM 27th Mar 2012
''@Ironman: No, it would not be fair to say that.

A definition of 'Knives out': "People determined to harm or put a stop to". Now if Peterborough Utd won't be attempting to prevent West Ham Utd from winning tonight's football match - or harm their chances of promotion as a consequence - then perhaps they shouldn't bother turning up at all.

Dishonest? Inaccurate? Misleading? Shame on us? That's some charge sheet. Not that I should be surprised, for as we both know you've been accusing this site of pursuing an (imaginary) agenda for years...''

by Ironman
11:31AM 27th Mar 2012
''"Knives Out For Allardyce"

Would it be fair of me to say that your headline implies that there is a 'Ceasaresque' plot to get rid of our manager? I think that is the implication. Looking at the content of the article a more acurate (dare I say, honest) , albeit less sexy headline would be

"West Ham Opponents Want To Win"

and the text could then go along the lines of

"Peterborough United's staff, the team set to play West Ham this evening, remain calously unconcerned about the effect beating their opponents would have on Sam Allardyce"

The headline is deliberately missleading... along the lines of the redtop one I fumed at (one of many) many years ago

"Kanute Admits Charlton Interest"

which went on to say how Freddy (The King) had a soft spot for Englands world cup winning team, in particular Bobby Charlton... which I am sure was complete manure, but there you go.

Shame on you KUMB... We have enough external garbage to deal with, without piling it on ourseves.''

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