Saturday, 1 January 2011
West Ham 2 Wolves 0 - Dicing with death and snogging Lady Luck!
But hang on, Carlton was there, with his best finish of the game, heading the ball towards his own net and forcing a good reflex save from Green! His hold up play may have been reasonable but, that apart, Cole had an absolute mare. First half he missed a sitter and nearly presented Wolves with a goal; second half, he missed a sitter, though fortunately two Wolves defenders combined to show him how to score, and did his level best to put Wolves ahead! Brilliant!
Overall, it was, at best, a stuttering performance. The two goals came from the only two decent West Ham crosses in the game. The own goal should have been buried by Cole, Piquionne put it on a plate for him (after an impressive Ben Haim pass) but Carlton came over all McCarthy and volleyed thin air instead. The double deflection that saw the ball end up in the net put to bed any idea that Avram is an unlucky manager! Two home games, two own goals, it don't come any luckier than that!
The second goal was so much more impressive. Ben Haim overlapped down the right hand flank, looked up, saw the option of both Cole and Sears and had the presence of mind to do a quick calculation, Freddie Sears who hasn't scored a goal in two and a bit years, or Carlton Cole? On this form, it's got to be the kid! And lo and behold, the Messiah came again, Freddie swung his boot and PLACED the ball into the back of the net! It was a masterful goal, a goal that means I have to eat all my unkind words about the boy, a goal that suggests he may yet have a Premiership future! Well done to Avram for calling him back from loan and playing him! The guy is a tactical genius! And for going five in midfield! Bend your knee and pay homage to the master tactician!
We hit the bar too, a thumping header from Upson from one of those floated corners that one of the posters on here hates so much, and Piquionne came close, cutting in from the left hand corner of the box and curling a shot narrowly wide.
Mind you Wolves hit the bar too when, to be honest, it should have been easier to score. Yet again, we couldn't deal with a fairly routine cross into our box. Why? The four defenders are all centre backs and six foot plus tall! Are we allowing too much time for players to measure the cross? Well you can't stop that at a corner can you? Is it Green's fault? Should he be more commanding? I'm not sure to be honest, but Wolves could have won this game with headers - albeit one was courtesy of Cole!
Anyway, now is not the time to dwell on negatives. That is seven points from the last nine, eight points from the last twelve. At the moment we are FIFTEENTH in the table, albeit all the teams around and below us have games in hand. I had given up 5 games back! What do I know? I thought Sears was hopeless. What do I know? I thought Carlton was good enough for England. What do I know?
But then I closed my pre match report with the words, "Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it is Super Sears!" so what do I know?
Oh and I said to give Avram time.
But what do I know?
Green 8; Ben Haim 7, Tomkins 6 Upson 6, Gabbidon 6; Sears 7, Kovac 6, Parker 7, Stanislas 5; Cole 5, Piquionne 7 Sub: Noble 5
Posted by Hammersfan at 17:28