|An archive of match day threads originally posted in the General Discussion forum.
It's absolutely wonderful to win 0-4 , it really lifted the spirits , but Irrons isn't lying or moaning , he's just pointing out what I was pointing out during the game....- our short passing was atrocious , even when we were 4-0 up They seemed too nervous , too stiff , when they should have been passing for fun . You all saw it , so don't criticise Irrons for pointing out the obvious , he's only being honest when some people think we've won 4-0 , everything must be alright .
Irrons is right about Taylor as well , he was mostly ineffective , and I'm buggered if I know what his position is .
I also read somewhere that Demel was some powerhouse that went roaring up and down the right side . The furthest he got was the penalty area , but at least he was solid , and I'm being harsh , sorry .
VasTe is a revelation , Maynard looks like he is overwhelmed at joining West Ham sometimes , but his goal was outstanding [ more please ] . I think Carlton should have come on at 3-0 to partner Vas Te upfront , as he has the ability to slow the game down while seeing the pass . I think they'd be dynamite , and are both Prem quality .
Green , Noble , Nolan , McCartney , Tomkins , Reid were all outstanding , while O'Neil was average [ I thought ] .
I hope this outstanding win is repeated for the next 5 games and the players remain positive .
Well done , Sam and the players , it was a great afternoon . , thanks .
I'm assuming that that wasn't a full strength side; Barnsley were appalling.
Regardless, an excellent result that hopefully gets Reading out of our system.
Game on when Pompey scrape a last minute winner tomorrow.
May have cost him his place after his last performance....or Allardyce has given him Easter off for being a good egg.
Good question about Faubert . I think he could have been effective at right midfield , but he makes me nervous at fullback as he has a tendency to kick or head the ball across the penalty area [ as in the Reading game ] instead of booting it upfield .
Sam must prefer Collins and Demel .
Great result today lads I want Reading to beat those smarmy ****ing Southampton knobs & us to overtake them to finish 2nd
Well done to the boys who went, both the Conga & "We are West Ham we play on the floor" made me laugh & made me proud
I read it was personal problems. He's getting divorced apparantly. Apparantly fell asleep on the job.
Got to play that team as much as possible now dont you think? Maybe Diop for O'Neil or Noble if we might need him. Aside fornthe goal I was agin impressed by Maynard, he might lose the ball some, but he pressures very well and id like to see more of Nolan getting foward when he drops deep.
I do like Fauberts work rate, commitment but his first touch, crossing and passing are questionable and has cost us dearly at times as in the Reading game, glad he's not injured though
I couldnt agree more Chalks!!!!
just back. three hours car park to house.not bad!
Really pleased we went and a fantastic result!- Cracking day out and fun all round... thought Maynard was excellent today his shot and the pressure on the GK for nobes is something we havent *cough* seen up front for a while. His shot second half was awesome too!
the Greeno love-=in was fun to start wth but a tad strange at the end , tbh.
Superb following mustve had 3K up there in the end, surely?@
A more dejected fellow than Sam B walking off to the tunnel at the end you wouldnt want to see- must be seeing his future crumbling as there doesnt seem to be a role for him.
12 away wins? and two to go- superb stuff west ham..18 from 6 games is STILL on!
Thoroughly enjoyed that this afternoon - ok Barnsley were awful but we've all seen enough instances of an awful team either frustrating or even beating us. We played well against Reading and got nothing, so this was just fine.
Can't find much fault really - nice to see a West Ham side knocking the ball around again with a bit of a swagger - so much of that to do with the movement on and off the ball today which has been lacking so often. There've been games where contrary to received wisdom it hasn't been 'hoofball' or lumping it long, but merely a case of 10 players passing to statues, whereupon the thing just goes sideways for 5 minutes then into touch. Today saw some terrific movement from the likes of Maynard (who showed he certainly can be up there on his own with the right service and help - ie. through-balls and knock-backs plus runs into channels from the wide men and Nolan, rather than aimless high balls and no midfield support), Vaz Te, Nolan and Noble. O'Neill put in a solid shift even though his shooting and crossing are still more Johnny Wilkinson-esque than Johnny Haynes, but a minor gripe; would've liked to see Angela given some more time to have a crack at them today. Taylor? Ok not great, but the side just had more of a natural balance today with him facilitating a proper 4-3-3 instead of the usual 4-5-1 dressed up to be one - a proper left-footed player on the left, allowed Linda to overlap well by covering him. Absolutely delighted for Maynard with his strike - a proper West Ham style goal that will hopefully see him push on and show us what we can do; there's a good player there, and his work-rate today was terrific too; not running around aimlessly (which seems to count as 'workrate' for many), rather he was intercepting or cutting out passes around their backline and generally setting them on edge -justly rewarded with Nobes' peach of a goal for his efforts.
All in all a fine display - ruthless, hard-working, some good finishing, and often very easy on the eye. Well done boys.
And well done too to the travelling fans; great to hear the songs right throughout - a wonderful advert for our club before a big TV audience. Reading FC and other franchises take note - THAT is what a proper club's support sounds like on a Bank Holiday, 200 miles from home, when the game's on free-to-air telly. By the way, today was also little Jonjo Heuermann's first ever away trip - his flag was the middle of 3 St Georges flags on the right of the goal; couldn't have asked for a better day out could he?!!
A great day to be West Ham, now let's hope for that for the next month or so and see where it takes us. COYI
Great game today, watched it on my mobile at work, and the team showed urgency+drive that they haven't shown all year. I fear Blackpool in the playoffs now though, Dobbie is scoring like a mad man.
Thought we were fantastic today, the players, the fans and the manager all deserve credit not just for today but for the record number of away wins too.
In an all round team performance, special mentions for Winston Reid and James Tomkins, Kevin Nolan (say what you like but he keeps scoring - top scorer now), Maynard, Vas Te and Mark Noble.
Good to see Sam praising fans in post match interview.
Aslong as it ain't brum i'd be happy. On the subject of the playoffs i think we will struggle and probably wouldn't even make the final
Not read the thread at all, as I have been out all day and am very drunk. But that's exactly what I've wanted West Ham to do all season.
We've got the players, they just needed to be let off the leash
One member (and I mean that most sincerely) out of 18,000, who has been sent to Coventry for a week as a result.
I think the gentleman doth protest too much.
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