Sunday, 3 January 2010
West Ham 1 Arsenal 2 - Pride In Defeat.
I didn't expect much before kick off and despite a brilliant first half performance, was not at all surprised by our eventual defeat. Arsenal are a bloody good team and with the introduction of Nasri and Diaby, were far too strong for us. But they were only missing Van Persie, Cliche, Walcott, Arseshavings and Fabregas , whereas we were without Parker, Dyer, Cole, Gabbidon, Collison and Ilunga. Come on, Arsenal's missing personnel just do not compare to ours do they? We brought on Edgars and Sears, they brought on Diaby and Nasri - says it all really doesn't it? But then Zola said he wanted to work with a smaller squad didn't he? Or Duxbury said it and Zola's mouth moved in time no doubt!
But any gripes apart, we ran ourselves into the ground and deserved a draw overall. I'm glad we didn't get a draw mind you, as I said before kick off, that was the worst possible result. A 2-1 defeat with pride intact was just fine given the need to battle for survival in the Prem.
The old weaknesses were there for all to see however. Tomkins was done for Arsenal's first goal and made three terrible ricks over the course of the game. Upson was beaten in the air by the smaller Eduardo, and Green was flat footed for the resultant header. His confidence really is shot to pieces at the moment. Kovac also had his "moment" with a terrible concession of possession on the edge of his own box. Up front, we lacked incision with Jimenez looking inept as soon as he got close to the box. He really isn't good enough, end of.
On the plus side, I thought Faubert was good, Daprela made an impressive debut (did well to block that shot on the line), Behrami was brilliant defensively and Kovac also played well. The Stanislas run and shot was also encouraging. Please note, he was on the right when he had his best moment in the game. Odd that! Diamanti was our best player going forward. His goal was taken superbly and he offered ALL of our creative spark. In a couple of years, Nouble might be a Premiership player but he isn't ready yet.
Hopefully there will be no lasting injuries, just a few aching muscles and limbs. Wolves next, a game we have to win with no excuses.
Player ratings: Green 5 (good double save but made a hash of that cross in the first half and was flat footed for Eduardo's goal); Faubert 7, Tomkins 5, Upson 7, Daprela 6; Diamanti 7, Kovac 7, Behrami 8, Jimenez 5, Stanislas 6; Nouble 6
Posted by Hammersfan at 18:40