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Bolton 3 West Ham Utd 1

Filed: Tuesday, 15th December 2009
By: Staff Writer

Another errow-strewn performance condemned Gianfranco Zola's side to a second successive away defeat.

Once again the travelling supporters were subjected to a lesson in how not to defend as West Ham simply fell apart in the second half, conceding three goals within 24 minutes - and every one due to a defensive error.

Herita Ilunga, a shadow of the player of last season was guilty of ball-watching for the first goal on 64 minutes; as the rest of the defence moved out following a corner Ilunga played Lee Chung Yong onside before the Korean finished smartly, lifting his effort over the advancing Robert Green.

West Ham drew level just five minutes later when an excellent move involving Guillermo Franco and Jack Collison culminated with a fine Alessandro Diamanti effort from 12 yards. But the home side were back in front on 77 minutes when an horrendous error by Green allowed Klasnic to restore Bolton's earlier lead.

A long range shot was palmed down by Green who cannot have noticed Klasnic a yard or two to his left. As Green went to claim the ball Klasnic stole in to steal the ball and tap into the gaping net much to the dismay of the England keeper who, like too many others, has failed to reach his usual high standards this season.

The game was wrapped up two minutes from the end of normal time when James Tomkins simply lost his man at a corner allowing Gary Cahill a free header at the far post.

To add insult to injury Gianfranco Zola, whose slender squad is already being stretched to its limits lost Kieron Dyer to a suspected hamstring strain just 20 minutes into the game. Dyer, making his first start since the Carling Cup game here in September (that also ended 3-1) has made just five starts in all since signing for United in a 7.5million switch back in August 2007.

All in all there was very little to cheer yet again for Zola, although the performance of Scott Parker - who went close to scoring his first goal of the season on three occasions - was one highlight of yet another very disappointing evening.

The win for Bolton - only their second at home all season - lifts them above West Ham who drop to 19th in the table. Only Portsmouth stand between United and the foot of the table and with Chelsea due at the Boleyn this weekend, the situation doesn't look set to improve anytime soon.

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by Bolyne Bill
09:15AM 16th Dec 2009
''Another game another loss, but this is not just about last night's or last week's result. The club is in a mess with owners whose only intention is to get as much money as they can by selling the club and its assets. The management team of Zola and Clarke seem as clueless as the West Ham defence, Zola the player Great, Zola the striker Great, Zola the manager Great void and Clarke? Chelsea were right as he left because they kept moving him sideways forcing him out of the door.

Let's be honest before all you out there who keep banging on about 'lets just enjoy the rest of the season and get behind the team' well wake up and smell the coffee - there is no team (apart from two or three who are soon to be sold) to get behind.

Our best hope is that there is a Father Christmas and he comes along with a sack of money to get us out of this mess because it's no good thinking 'well the only way is up' - sorry but the only way is down.

And please dont go down the Sullivan/Gold road, just look how Birmingham have done since they left.
As for myself I wouldn't support any other team as do thousands of others, so come on you Icemen do us a favour find that rich Father Christmas and make us all happy.''

by del
11:45PM 15th Dec 2009
''It's all over, we are down. We will not get out of this one, our players have no guts for the fight. And you know what, we won't be back anytime soon.''

by 2pie2mash
11:38PM 15th Dec 2009
''When do we start to panic, or have I missed the boat already? It is beyond me why the players seem to be lacking fight and back bone, Parker, Franco and Collisson excluded.

Injuries aside it is woeful watching the likes of Kavoc strolling about and the errors Green is making.

Not looking forward to the January jump ship competition, those that jump usually have a back bone and mouthful of cynical criticism when they go.

Lets hope I can eat my words.

Not happy!''

by Matt
10:38PM 15th Dec 2009
''Another shocking perfromance.
Unforgiveable mistakes at the back once again. Once again only Scotty Parker coming away with any credit. Need to keep him above anyone else in the transfer window.

What is wrong with Upson? How can a hamstring strain keep him out for so long?

Players need to have a good hard look at themselves before the situation gets any worse. Need to get at Chelsea on Sunday as if we let them play we will get battered.''

by Matt
10:27PM 15th Dec 2009
''This doesn't bode well, especially as we appear not to have a team to put out due to yet ANOTHER injury to Kieron Dyer. He only lasted 21 minutes and quite frankly needs to go and keep Ashton company... ''

by JMan
10:26PM 15th Dec 2009
''Pathetic, this is a club in freefall and going down and the only people who think they still have a valuable asset are those Icelandic idiots.

Get real and get out.''

by Dave Crux
10:14PM 15th Dec 2009
''Unfortunately I just have no faith at this moment in time! I am severely disappointed and angered at our performances. I think there is only one for us and that is down!

I've been a season ticket holder for a while now and this season is by far the worst. I can't see it getting any easier for us and have already accepted the inevitable. Please West Ham, prove me wrong!''

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