Motson also highlights that there are no less than ten different nationalities in the West Ham team and contrasts us with the all British Southampton side, the Channel Island born Le Tissier apart. Quote Motson, "It's like the United Nations in the East End". And that's before you visit Green Street on a non match day Motty!
I know it is only highlights, but the football is breathtaking at times. The team featured Futre and the two Romanians but, Dicks apart, the most talented player on show in Claret & Blue for me is Michael Hughes. You forget how good that guy was! Funny, I didn't remember that we picked him up on a Bosman from Strasbourg, in my mind we bought him from Wimbledon and sold him back to the Dons.
The team set up 3-5-2 - remember those days? - with Dicks as one of the three central defenders. Dicks was at fault for the Southampton goal but, typically, drills home a penalty to win us the game.
Futre looks good - and his football is impressive too! - and Dumitrescu showed up for this one, winning the penalty. The team read:
Julian Dicks 1 (1 P)
Michael Hughes 1
So, the good, the bad and the ugly there! With the good covering Ludek, Dicks, Bilic, Williamson (what a shame his career was ruined by injury) and Hughes, the bad including Bowen and Rieper and the ugly featuring Dowie, Bilic and Dicks. Imagine being gang raped by those three!
The Southampton team, Le Tissier and Beasant apart, is unremarkable and, not surprisingly struggled to avoid the drop. But then so did we! Benali gets a red late in the game for clattering Futre.
However, what stands out most of all is the quality of our football when we have the ball. Allardyce acolytes take note!