Saturday, 28 November 2009
West Ham 3 Burnley O - Half Time Report
So far so very good. The first ten minutes were a major concern but three moments of inspiration have put using a position where even we should find it hard not to run out winners. The vision of Parker to pick out Collison's superbly timed run for the first goal was fantastic - brilliant quick thinking from both - and Jack's finish was classical, opening the body and sidefooting it wide of the keeper.
The second goal was even cleverer. Franco's take on his chest was excellent, Stanislas' diagonal run was masterful and the slipped pass was perfect. I was still cursing Junior for his weak shot when he finished brilliantly with the second, doing the keeper with his eyes before cheekily tucking the ball home from an acute angle. If Henry did that, we would see it over and over and over again. Brilliant.
Now I need to check that I'm not dreaming for the third, a penalty won by Spector's superb run and a perfectly weighted pass by, of all people, Kovac! It was a penalty and full marks to Carlton for taking responsibility and calmly tucking it away. A little message to Capello perhaps as the curse of the penalty shoot out looms just over the horizon?
What could go wrong from here? A goal for Burnley within 5 minutes of the restart? The biggest worry with United due next is a booking for Carlton (which would mean a suspension) or an injury to any of Parker, Franco, Carlton or Collison. I tell you what, Franco is looking one hell of a player. He has hit the bar, he set Collison up with a brilliant chance and he played that crucial role in the second goal. He has even tackled back near his own corner flag! Quite a player for a free transfer! And Da Costa's looking good too!
If we are still three up at 70 minutes, I would take off Carlton! Fingers crossed. I would settle now for an incident free 0-0 second half personally!
Posted by Hammersfan at 15:53