Saturday, 21 August 2010
West Ham 1 Bolton 3 - Four Months On, No Change!
At half time I wrote, "Gabbidon needs to put his chin on Davies' elbow early in the second half to get the bastard sent off". Instead Upson got his head on the thug's boot and he headed the ball into his own net as part of the bargain! Of course, Davies shouldn't have been on the pitch by that stage!
Elmander scores two - that says it all! Has Elmander scored two in his whole Bolton career up to now? After a hugely impressive first half, as I warned in the half time report, it all went "tits up" big time! The Bolton goals were so typical. Knock down for Davies to run on to, Green in no man's land, Upson heading past his own keeper. Simple Elmander header from a Lee cross from the Bolton right for the second. Scramble in the box following Davies challenging for the ball in the air, ball falls to Elmander, who buries the chance for the third. Three Bolton sucker punches and we are flat on the canvass and counted out!
Nobody was particularly at fault for any of the goals, it was just general ineptitude at the back. Gabbidon was done in the air for both the first and the second, Ilunga was too slow to close Lee for the second and had the last scrambled touch before Elmander scored the third. Upson, of course, has to take responsibility for heading home the opener. Green didn't make an error as such but how many saves did he make, and he still conceded three goals!
Second half, after that stupidly soft own goal, the team went to pieces. We lost cohesion, we lost shape, we lost heart. It didn't help that we were down to 10 men for a few minutes as they tried to patch up Upson. That meant Bolton kept the initiative and pushed us onto the back foot at the very time we needed to go at them.
All the positives were in the first half so if we want to read the good news, look at the half time report. Second half, Parker got himself booked for a stupid foul from behind and won a very soft penalty which Noble converted. If only he had stepped forward for the one in the first half, everything could have been different!
Bottom of the table and the next two Prem games are against Manchester United and Chelsea. It looks like it is going to be a long winter!
Player ratings: Green 6; Faubert 5, Gabbidon 4, Upson 5, Ilunga 4; Barerra 7, Noble 5, Parker 6, Dyer 6; Piquionne 7 Cole 3 Subs: McCarthy 4, Reid 4
Posted by Hammersfan at 16:47