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Birmingham City 1 West Ham Utd 0

Filed: Saturday, 12th December 2009
By: Staff Writer

A second half striker by former Hammer Lee Bowyer was enough to send the Irons tumbling to yet another defeat.

Bowyer, given a free transfer at the end of last season scored the game's only goal seven minutes after the break to condemn United to their eighth defeat of the season, and one which leaves them in the bottom three of the Premier League once again.

To Bowyer's credit, he refused to openly celebrate the goal - though given that he comes from a household of Hammers, that is hardly surprising.

In all fairness, it was a win that the home side fully deserved for West Ham, despite having their fair share of possession were lacklustre in attack and only Kieron Dyer - who struck the post after a superb 40-yard run moments after entering the fray midway through the second half - really tested Joe Hart.

Not that that was any great surprise, given Gianfranco Zola's limited attacking options; Both Carlton Cole and Zavon Hines were ruled out of today's encounter, which comes 48 hours after Dean Ashton finally announced his retirement.

But if the Irons are to avoid relegation this season results like this simply won't do. Birmingham join the likes of Wigan, Bolton and Stoke as teams to have beaten West Ham this season - and it is results against these teams, along with other strugglers that will determine United's fate come May 2010. They simply have to improve.

As West Ham nosedive towards relegation the club's ownership situation shows no signs of being resolved - something, again, that needs to be sorted out sooner rather than later. With the January transfer window rapidly approaching the bottom line is that the squad simply is not good enough at present and desperately needs a boost.

Of course, that is extremely unlikely to happen whilst CB Holdings hold the keys to the Boleyn Ground; one can only hope that a replacement is found soon.

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by DaveO
05:04AM 17th Dec 2009
''Noble has to take most of the blame for the goal. Although the pass to him was misplaced he made no attempt to get back and defend - he jogged back a couple of steps and stopped.
There was no sense of urgency, Bowyer on the other hand, sprinted like he wanted to earn his wages. Watch the replay - Noble's pathetic hand raised for offside was laughable.

I know he is a big Hammers fan blah blah, but we need real passion, not posturing - arguing with the referee and getting pointlessly booked, petulant fouls etc.

Noble really has not developed in the last few years and with Parker doing the business in midfield he has little to offer. Time to go Mark!''

by Andy Powell
10:43AM 14th Dec 2009
''I think we should be looking at a short term contract for Sol Campbell and how about Santa Cruz, from Man City, on loan til the end of the season?''

by Karl
07:15AM 14th Dec 2009
''another poor result, it's looking grim...''

by Lee Byron
03:02AM 14th Dec 2009
''It was an extremely disappointing result and performance. We seemed to be galvanized after Noble left the pitch which begs the question, why weren't we that up for it before then? Birmingham were hanging on in the end against a spirited 10-man West Ham. They should really have been under the cosh more before our numbers were reduced.

If we can find a role for Diamanti (free role in midfield probably) then that would improve our chances of creating something, but with Kovac and Parker seemingly wanting to turn back rather then go forward every time they got the ball Saturday, it leaves no one being creative.

I'm really getting worried now. If we don't beat Bolton, we are in serious trouble!''

by mick
05:24PM 13th Dec 2009
''Again I just feel let down. How did we not learn from last year? We knew we had to strengthen our squad so what did the club do? Sell players and buy second-rate players who no-one else wants. It's just like the bad old days all over again and to think, sunk by a player we let go. It doesn't get any worse than that.

The board have to sell. They do not have the money to run a Prem club, they need to cut their losses and hand the club over to someone who can invest in real players. This needs to be done before Jan or we are doomed to play Sheffield United next year.

Please, please, please, someone save our club!''

by sp.howlett
03:45PM 13th Dec 2009
''Very soon Clarke and Zola will wake up and smell the coffee. 4-5-1 never works, Spector and Faubert are incompetant as defenders. Watching at Brum it's like waiting for Faubert to make a mistake - and take a good look at when he tried an attempted tackle as Bowyer scored his goal. The man is useless, Ferrari or Da Costa can they be any worse than the two incompetents who attempt to play there?

I feel the full backs are the problem, if in the Jan window we could sell Spector, Faubert, Dyer and any other deadwood in the club and buy a good and experienced pair of full-backs it would solve our problems.''

by g portugal
02:30PM 13th Dec 2009
''The circumstances of the defeat tell you all you need to know about how badly West Ham's owners have screwed up. Instead of having Bowyer in our squad we have wasted money on Kovac and Jimenez, money that could have been used to get cover for Cole. And in defence it was blindingly obvious that even against average opposition we cannot cope without Upson. So what was the point of selling Collins or not re-signing Neill then, knowing full well that Upson would not last a whole season without injury?

The only hope, especially with Cole and Behrami out now, would have been for the club to be sold by the time the window opens. But who is going to buy a club in the relegation zone with a threadbare squad? Nobody.

The most worrying thing now is the obvious loss of morale and spirit in the side. It is written all over the players' faces - and to be fair, can you really blame them when the team has been sold down the river by its owners, and when the club is still in such a terrible financial state? The owners clearly couldn't care less, and seem to be dragging the club toward adminstration while trying to raise whatever cash they can from it before adminsitration occurs.''

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