Filed: Sunday, 25th September 2011
By: Staff Writer
Narrowly beaten at the Boleyn Ground, the Posh view of Sam Allardyce's West Ham was anything but positive...
"A poor match made worse by a poor West Ham team. If that is what Big Sam brings to the Hammers I am sure many of their fans will be disappointed this season. To play a lone striker at home against a newly-promoted side that has been known to concede a few is a joke and spoilt what could had been a decent game. To be fair we really never looked like scoring so West Ham done the job - but it's not a match I would want to watch again."
"Definitely not a penalty. They were poor, we didn't take our chances and we should have had a point at least. But I'm not too upset seeing as it was 1-0 to the referee, favouring the big team. Never mind, a good day out".
"I can't remember a game which was so poor. We weren't completely disgraced but that was more down to West Ham's ineptitude that Posh who were never really at the races. Had it have been four or five nil it would have been a truer reflection on the game, but there was always the thought at one-nil that we may have sneaked a point. Their centre-half Faye was head and shoulders above anybody else on the pitch although Nolan had a storming game (apart from his dive in the area)."
"I was at the game but my perspective was ruined by the worst seats at a football match I've had since being on the athletics track at the old Wembley in 1992. When West Ham developed that stand they obviously did the bare minimum. I think back in the day that lower tier was standing for home fans. We were unlucky not to get a point.
"It was only in the programme that I found some kind of acknowledgement of the qualities of our team. Of all the links between the two clubs they seemed to have missed the Mark Robson one. Didn't Ian Hendon play for us as well? I didn't know we had a South African in our squad in Kgosi Nthle."
"Fergie blinked first and showed them too much respect. We were more likely to win this game with clever play than hitting it long for Sinclair to run on to. We could have attacked more but decided to try to contain them first, but they were not that much of a threat. West Ham don't look that special - except Noble who looked class and Cole who was sometimes dangerous. Too much boring long ball stuff though and our defence coped very well again."
"According to Karren Brady, Big Sam would walk over hot coals to manage England. If that happened I would emigrate; a dinosaur of a manager. Haven't seen the penalty again but it looked soft. The referee didn't give us more than two or three free kicks all game. Nolan should have been booked for a dive and and again for delaying a free kick."
"When we went one down so early I feared the worst, but the combination of us digging in and West Ham not looking like they really wanted to score any more changed that. They had one really great move in the first half but the lumbering Cole didn't stand any chance of getting on the end of the cross. It was a soft penalty but I can see why the referee gave it, he would have seen like we did the hands go into Lansbury's back and him going down. Frustrated rather than disappointed, I think."
"Disappointing not to come away with a point from that. Thought we played the better football, but looked lightweight going forward. I'll be interested to see a replay of the penalty as it looked very very soft, but then I thought the officials were awful all game and clearly thinking about getting a good rating from the 'big club'.
"West Ham for me were a poor footballing side - typical Allardyce hoof-ball apart from a couple of passing moves. I wouldn't pay our prices for that every week, let alone the £49 a couple of West Ham supporting mates paid."
"Didn't think there was much between the sides, and the penalty looked very soft and outside the box to me. After that West Ham seemed quite happy to waste as much time as possible, which is quite disappointing given the tradition of the club. Cole and Carew are bloody huge! Boyd was central to everything we did. We had plenty of possession but lacked a final ball."
- matt posh
"I thought that we were more than good enough for a point even though we were far from in top gear. I think our selection and general approach paid them a respect that, with hindsight they didn't deserve at all. They started brightly enough but spent a considerable portion of the match looking like a mediocre Bolton side. Having said that, they were savvy enough to intercept countless balls we might have got away with at home."
- Dr Cyclops
* Comments originally posted at theposhforum.co.uk and londonroad.net
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10:07AM 26th Sep 2011
''I agree that we did play too much long ball and also felt that in the first half Peterborough pased the ball well. But like many teams that come to Upton Park, Peterborough committed loads of poor fouls and were unable to take the few presentable chances that they had. In all honesty, when did Peterborough, even with their decent passing, EVER threaten our goal from open play? Their only chances were from set pieces which remain our weakness.
We're interested in getting promoted. We're not interested in providing entertainment to opposition supporters. If you don't like it, don't come to Upton Park. Stay home and drown your sorrows.
And if teams come to Upton Park intent on playing dirty, fouling us to death and thinking that they can 'stop us from playing' then guess what? We will long ball you to death until you choke on it.''
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