And.. another well deserved win! Delighted with this result and i just hope we can keep playing as we are. I'd have much rather won this game than the FA Cup match against Stoke next saturday, staying in the Prem is most important. We are now out of the relegation zone, a point bellow West Brom who beat Birmingam 3-1, and a point above Birmingham who have moved back into the relegation zone after the loss.
Goal scorers: Ba 21', Da Costa 29', Hitzlsperger 83'
Our front line has a lot of goals in it and we now have 14 goals in our last 4 games which is a brilliant record. The clean sheet has taken it's time to come but Greeny was never really troubled today which made it a lot easier for us. We looked so comfortable on the ball for most of the match but we still fall under pressure. Da Costa, Tomkins and Upson did very well today and yet again i was disappointed with Bridge. I think my expectations are way to high for him, and he is a little overrated. DEMBA BA - the beast. He now has 4 goals in 4 appearances for us which is fantastic. I can't fault him. Hitzlsperger has also managed to get his name on the score sheet yet again with one of the most powerful shots i've ever seen.
My Man of the Match - Scott Parker. Enough said. Today it was announed that he had won the February Barclays Premier League player of the month award, the February SBObet player of the month award and the Man of the Match award. He is a brilliant player. Unfortunately without him though, we are no where near as good a side as we are with him which is disappointing.
As it stands -
Verdict - I really believe we can stay up now. As long as we keep playing as we are i think we will be a force to be recond with throughout the rest of the campaign. The players just need to carry on wanting to win and the results will continue coming our way.
My Starting X1 -
Green Tomkins - Da Costa - Upson - Bridge O'Neill - Parker - Hitzlsperger - Obinna Cole - Ba
COME ON YOU IRONS! I had a feeling we was going to win this one and in my opinion, Liverpool are a very beatable side. I'm delighted with the effort put in by our players and i just hope we can carry on this form. The only thing i can fault is the goal we conceded. This leaves us 18th in the table but had we not condeded we would have moved out of the relegation zone.
We dominated through many stages of this match which is brilliant to see and we seemed very calm on the ball and created some good chances. Once again Scotty Parker put in a man of the match performance and really helped seal the points for us. He started the route with a beautiful volly set up by Hitzlsperger who made his league debut. Also very happy to see our two main strikers get on the score sheet, Ba and Cole. Demba made a well timed run on the brink of the first half and headed in a inch perfect cross from Gary O'Neill. The header curled in the right corner of the net and was unstoppable. Carlton scored a peach after turning Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel and slotting the ball home with his weaker foot.
My Man of the Match - Scotty Parker. He just get's better and better every week and i am running out of words to say about him. He is by far the most consistant player we have and maybe even the most consistant in the Premier League. He deserves a place in the England line up.
As it stands - As mentioned, a clean sheet would have seen us climb out of the relegation zone on goal difference. But i'm happy to confirm we have moved off of the bottom and are now sitting in 18th spot level on points with West Brom. Wigan are a point behind and are level on games with us unlike West Brom who have a game in hand.
Verdict - We can stay up, no doubt about it. We have the the players to be a top six side we just have to work harder and harder and it will come. Sullivan and Gold and made the right decision in keeping Grant and i hope he will be there next season, in the Premiership or not. With Hitzlsperger back i feel our midfield is one of the strongest in the league. Also, with Thomas in the starting line-up, Scott Parker can have more freedom and push up a lot more than he is already doing.
My Starting X1 -
Green Jacobsen - Tomkins - Upson - Bridge Hitzlsperger Collison* - Parker - Noble Cole - Ba
West Ham United 3-1 Wigan Athletic Valon Behrami 34', Victor Obinna 56', Scott Parker 75' - Tom Cleverley 86' Barclays Premier League - Upton Park - 27/11/2010 - Kick-off 3:00PM
West Ham Green Jacobsen (Reid 50') - Tomkins - Upson - Gabbidon Barrera - Behrami - Parker (Kovac 83') - Stanislas Piquionne - Obinna
Wigan Al Habsi Stam - Gohouri - Caldwell - Figueroa Gomez (Moses 61') - Diame - Thomas (Watson 68') - Cleverley - N'Zogbia Di Santo (Boselli 61')
Well isn't that about time. A West Ham win! Over the moon with this result, i really am. We didn't play the best and maybe could have scored and conceded a couple more goals but we put our chances away well. Only problem is Wolves won as well meaning we are still at the bottom of the table.
We didn't play at our best and was on the back foot a lot of the game but we defended well most of the time and blocked about 3/4 of Wigan's shots on goal. Robert Green also saved a penalty from Wigan substitute Mauro Boselli as he looked to have found his well missed form. Scott Parker, as always, was a rock in midfield and made some marvellous slide tackles as well as getting on the score sheet. A goal from our on loan Nigerian Victor Obinna was fantastic. The goal itself was stunning, the power he got behind it was unbelievable.
Injuries - Lars Jacobsen, Scott Parker.
Lars - Seemed to limp off once subbed. I believe he is our strongest right-back but we have decent back-up in Julien Faubert and Winston Reid.
Scotty - If this is a serious injury, i will cry. When he was taken off, he put his head down and strolled off of the pitch. Whether it was due to exhaustion or a slight knock, i'm praying it's nothing serious.
My Man of the Match - It has to be Robert Green, West Ham, or Tom Cleverley of Wigan. Greeny made some excellent saves to keep us in the game and Cleverley just seemed to walk through our defence, dodging tackles with real skill and control.
As it stands - It is possible for us to come out of the relegation zone if we win our next game against Sunderland, ahem, 9-0. As long as we keep winning we will be out of there in no time, the gap is closing. We have Manchester United in the Carling Cup Quarter-Finals on Tuesday which i believe we can win despite their 7-1 demolishing of Blackburn tonight. It will be an amusing match.
Verdict - In order to keep the Hammers up, we need to bring in a new partner for Avram. Preferably somebody like Di-Canio but i'd let him choose. If Grant was to leave the club i personally would love to see former Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neil be his successor. We need somebody with the Premier League experience like him and the ability to build a team into top 6 contestants as he did with Villa. Only time can tell.
West Ham United 1-2 Newcastle United Carlton Cole 12' - Kevin Nolan 23', Andy Carroll 69' Barclays Premier League - Upton Park - 23/10/2010 - Kick-off 5:30PM
I'm fairly disappointed to see our 5 game unbeaten streak come to an end and the chance to get out of the relegation zone temporarily ended, but we looked a very strong side in the first 10-15 minutes. It was like watching Brazil playing at the top of their game, honest.
Excellent to see Carlton Cole get a goal. We all hoped this would help raise his game, but it didn't. He still looks the 'lazy' and 'bigheaded' Carlton we all know. The crowd instantly sung "Carlton Cole, always believe in your soul!", but i refused to join in.
Also, why Behrami? What else does he do exept run around, miss tackles and moan? We had Barrera on the bench who surely deserves a look in. When he did eventually come on, he ran at the defence which is what we needed. I think Avram did a bad job in not starting him. He could have atleast brung him on a lot earlier.
My Man of the Match - Scott Parker or Mark Noble, West Ham. Both ran non-stop as usual, intercepting when needed and slide tackling several times succesfully. Also looked good going forward.
Injuries - Matthew Upson, Frederic Piquionne.
Matty - Not to dissapointed about this one seeing as he isn't the most reliable centre back. When Gabbidon took his place, he looked a lot stronger. Besides, it's about time Parker was given the armband.
Freddy - Preying to god he's okay. Definately our best player going forward along with Obinna and Parker. I can't see goals coming from anybody else accept him. He even set up Carlton's goal here.
Verdict - We will stay up, without a doubt. The worrying thing is was that Avram aloud play to go on for about 5 minutes whilst playing with 10 men. Also, Newcastle did not make one substitution and still managed to out play us, a team who had use all availible subs.