Sunday, 30 December 2012
Reading 1 West Ham 0 - Inept West Ham Book Relegation Battle For 2013
Well that was dire. Collison, Maiga and Vaz Te were held back far too long and a Reading team there for the beating were allowed to con their way to victory. When Allardyce eventually woke up to the possibility that we could actually attack the team that has already conceded 19 goals at home this season, we created three good chances from open play. But until then, the only game plan seemed to be to defend and pinch a goal from set pieces.
This was the old Doctor Evil that I complained about all last season, a guy who doesn't understand that sometimes you are the superior team and that you should stamp that superiority on the game. Every game is played the same, with the priority being reducing the goals scored by the opposition, forgetting, it seems, that you can win by outscoring your opponents. We should have beaten this Reading team comfortably, instead we gave away a pathetic goal and then spent 60 minutes protecting a 1-0 deficit. When the chances came, because at last we tried to create some, we missed them.
The squad is, of course, hopelessly inadequate. Tomkins is not a right back. O'Brien is not a left back. O'Neil is not a Premiership player. Taylor was offloaded by a Bolton team heading for relegation for a reason. And Noble needs somebody half decent alongside him to control a game. And yes, to satisfy his critics, his set pieces in this game were embarrassing. Meanwhile, Jarvis is hopelessly out of form.
It's one win in eight games now, and Nolan's suspension for the Norwich game isn't going to help our cause. We need Vaz Te fit and firing whilst Collison's performance was promising. The teams at the bottom are closing the gap however, and the relegation trap door has eased open. Five wins is all we need, but this is a team that has forgotten how to win. Three points against Norwich are essential, but Norwich pushed Man City close today so that won't be easy - especially without Nolan.
Player Ratings: Jussi 5 (He didn't make a save!); Tomkins 5 (distribution awful) Reid 7, Collins 4 (what an error!) O'Brien 5; O'Neil 4, Noble 4; Taylor 5, Nolan 6 (stupid booking!), Jarvis 4; Cole 5 Subs Collison 6, Vaz Te 5, Maiga 5
Posted by Hammersfan at 00:54