Oh dear God. We are at home against Blackburn and we have set up as if we are playing away to Barcelona defending a 1-0 lead from the first leg! Noble is sitting so deep he is standing on Upson's toes, Collison and Diamanti are detached from Nouble, Kovac looks to have more attacking intent than Behrami - that first half was dire! Has anybody told them we need three points from this game? Does Zola understand that to win, you have to score?
I know Cole is being eased back but surely he should start and be withdrawn, rather than held back and then sent on? "Give me 60 mins today, Carlton and we will go for their throats from the off" should have been the message; instead, Zola seems to have accepted that we can't score without him so we will just try to keep Blackburn out. How negative is that?
Blackburn so nearly scored from that free kick, stupidly conceded by Behrami and I wouldn't bet against a Samba goal from a long throw or corner. We have walked a tightrope despite having no forward momentum what so ever. That was a truly, truly dire 45 minutes. The blonde next to Gold looked like she had fallen asleep. After 32 minutes the shots stats read, West Ham 1 Blackburn 0. By half time, I think it was 1-1 unless you have a very generous interpretation of what constitutes a shot. We need Cole deperately, and we need two up top. Who comes off? Zola will withdraw Nouble, I would take off Kovac.
Hull are winning - but Hull are TRYING to win!