Sunday, 30 January 2011
West Ham 3 Nottingham Forest 2 - Obinna's a Winner!
It's not often that this team manages to score three goals between them, so for one player to bag a hat trick is pretty remarkable! The goals weren't down to great team play - a stabbed finish deflecting home a Noble shot that was going wide, a brilliant flash of opportunism or an outrageous slice of luck with a "cross shot", and a penalty - but no matter, the net bulged three times. And but for Lee Camp we could have scored another three. He was on tip top form.
The problems, of course, are at the other end - how often have we kept a clean sheet this season? - and yet, all the talk is of bringing in more attacking players instead of the defenders we so desperately need. Gabbidon is crap and, whilst Reid had a much better second half, Forest still had two good opportunities to score; one, inevitably, a header from a corner. We now play three crucial Premiership games that will determine whether or not we survive. If I am managing Blackpool, Birmingham or West Brom, I'm going route one. Win corners and free kicks in our half and you can score at will! Forest's error today was they they came to play football!
Barerra had a dreadful first half but looked better in the second. If we go down, he could be useful in the Championship. Reid may have found his level too - for now. We know Sears can play at Championship level, although once again, he failed to make the net bulge despite having good opportunities. Jacobsen and Ilunga also look as if they can cope in the division below but Gabbidon and Kovac need to go down another level still. They really are hopeless!
As much as I love the Cups, today really was irrelevant so Grant was sensible to rest Tomkins, Bridge, Parker, Upson and Cole. The season starts and may effectively end on Wednesday. We HAVE to take 7 points from the next three games and preferably nine. The margin of error is close to zero now!
Green 5; Jocobsen 6, Reid 6, Gabbidon 4, Ilunga 6; Barerra 5, Kovac 3, Noble 6, Sears 6; Piquionne 5, Obinna 8 Subs: Boa 5, Hines and Nouble not on long enough to rate.
Posted by Hammersfan at 16:35