Saturday, 18 April 2009
Villa 1 West Ham 1 A draw in the face of advillaersity!
Wow, I'm not sure if that result says more about us or Villa. It is easier to list the players available to us rather than go through those ruled out, and we still came away with a 1-1 draw, despite losing Collins to yet another injury! Martin O'Nutter must be tearing what's left of his hair out after this game, we were surely there for the taking after going an early goal down but his side were patently not up to the task. Perhaps Tottenham are a bit special after all - they did manage to beat this West Ham team after all and nobody else seems up to that task!
At half time I feared the worst. Boa was already on a yellow and had been lucky to escape an earlier one for a late challenge on the edge of our box. The clever money was on him making a clumsy challenge and getting his marching orders. Tristan looked slower than Benny in an IQ exam and as committed as a eunuch in a brothel. Stanislas looked to have blown our best chances of scoring and I was anticipating Young skinning Neill second half and putting a few on a plate for Carew.
As it happened, luck was on our side today. Yes Clarke and Zola organised us pretty well defensively again and yes, in spells, we looked impressive with the ball, the quick interchange of passes promising a lot until the disappointing final ball; but, in truth, Villa had the chances to bury us before our equaliser.
Did Tristan mean that? I am not entirely convinced. His first "goal" bounced off him from a Cole shot and whilst he did get his head on this one, I don't think he knew much, if anything, about it. Until that goal I thought he was awful but he did get the goal so we can't damn the guy can we?
Player ratings: Green 6, Tomkins 7 Collins 6 Upson 7 Ilunga 6 Boa 6 Neill 6 Noble 7 (apart from that awful back pass!) Stanislas 6 Di Michele 5 Tristan 5, Dyer 5, Savio 6 Sears 6
Posted by Hammersfan at 17:03