Text  Larger | Smaller | Default


A cautionary tale

Filed: Saturday, 18th August 2012
By: Staff Writer

Sam Allardyce is cautiously optimistic about West Ham's chances of getting off to a good start when they face Aston Villa at the Boleyn Ground this afternoon.

The Hammers were granted a home match for their opening fixture of the 2012/13 campaign, which begins at 3pm this afternoon when Allardyce's team pit their wits aganist Villa and their new manager Paul Lambert.

And Big Sam - who has faced a busy week, much of which he has spent talking to the press - admits that it is as good a start as he could have hoped for.

"I think there is a possibility that we can get off to a good start if we give a good performance," he said. "That might give us a chance to win the first game here at Upton Park at the start of a new Premier League season.

"I think we all need to be a little apprehensive - certainly myself, because it doesnít matter how good or bad I think we are, I wonít really know until we play Premier League games.

"But if you get off to a good start, some of the anxieties diminish and it becomes a little easier than you thought it was."

Despite having managed to avoid the Premier Leagues bigger fish in the opening week of the season - West Ham follow today's match with a trip to Swansea - Big Sam, who is able to name seven substitutes in a league match for the first time today, warned his players to take nothing for granted.

"Everybody thought Cardiff City at home was a comfortable start last season and we got beat 1-0 in the last minute," he added. "I donít think there is any kind of comfortable start in the Premier League.

Provisional match squads

West Ham from: Jaaskelainen, Henderson, Demel, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, McCartney, O'Brien, Potts, Spence, Diarra, Diame, Noble, Taylor, O'Neil, Nolan, Vaz Te, Maiga, Maynard, Cole.

Aston Villa from: Given, Guzan, Lowton, Lichaj, Stevens, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, N'Zogbia, Bannan, Holman, El Ahmadi, Ireland, Herd, Gardner, Delph, Bent, Weimann, Delfouneso, Warnock, Hutton.

Related News

   arrow   Reid, Antonio, Billic, & Cole: Monday's news [21st Sep 2015]
   arrow   Noble, Moses, Sakho & Adrian: Sunday's news [20th Sep 2015]
   arrow   Vaz Te poised for Premier League return [15th Sep 2015]
   arrow   McAvennie, Noble, Nolan & Payet: Tuesday's news [15th Sep 2015]
   arrow   Ogbonna to miss City trip with hamstring injury [14th Sep 2015]
   arrow   Nolan: I battled with Big Sam more than anyone [14th Sep 2015]
   arrow   Jarvis scores on Norwich debut [12th Sep 2015]
   arrow   Bilic, Lanzini, Song & Adebayor: Friday's news [11th Sep 2015]
   arrow   Downing - easy to leave West Ham  [10th Sep 2015]
   arrow   Big Sam joins Twitter [10th Sep 2015]

Your Comments

Please note that this section is for comments relating to the above news item only. Any off-topic or abusive posts will be removed. Posts including either links and/or foul language are automatically filtered and will not be published. To engage in further discussion on any of our news stories, visit the KUMB Forums.

Not a member of the KUMB Forums? You may register for free membership here.

comments powered by Disqus
News Image

On This Day ...

One Year Ago
West Ham Utd vs Queens Park Rangers: half time report
It's been another encouraging opening 45 minutes for West Ham United at the...more
Three Years Ago
Vaz out 'til new year
West Ham's Ricardo Vaz Te could be out of action until the New Year after dislocating a shoulder in ...more
Five Years Ago
Grant on der Hammer blow
Avram Grant has confirmed that midfielder Tomas Hitzlsperger will be out of action until well into t...more