Sunday, 16 December 2012
West Brom 0 West Ham 0 = An Honest Point
The game will be quickly forgotten - very quickly. The excitement value was zero but, if at the end of the season it turns out to be a sterile encounter between two mid table teams, who cares? This was a point well won, a crucial point on the road to survival, a vital point given the way the teams at the bottom have been picking up points lately. Five more wins and we are safe. Five more wins!
Anything of note to report? West Brom hit the bar from a corner but it wasn't a controlled header. And Cole was immense, playing up top on his own and engineering three shots on target without any assistance from his team mates, albeit one was struck off, absurdly, for a foul. He also played the best pass of the night, crossing the ball onto Taylor's head.
At the back, both Collins and Reid were giants and O'Brien did well too, particularly given he was on the wrong flank. Demel, on the other hand, played like he did at Wembley against Blackpool, as if he had lead weights tied to his boots. At one point I swear Fatty Dowd out sprinted him after giving Guy a ten yard start. It was no surprise when Allardyce pulled him off - he almost always does anyway - but Clarke must have been rubbing his hands in anticipation when Tomkins replaced him at right back. Our resources are stretched absurdly.
On the ball we were dire for most of the game. O'Neil bent one narrowly wide. Reid planted one over and one wide from corners. And Cole forced those three saves. That was just about it.
Without the ball, we were huge. So much ground was covered as we chased, harried and disrupted West Brom's rhythm. We were missing seven players and couldn't even fill the sub's bench, but the team ran their hearts out for the club, the fans, for Captain Kev and for Big Sam. There's no getting away from it, West Ham under Greenwood or Lyall would have lost this game before even leaving the dressing room; Allardyce teams, however, thrive on adversity and this is now very much an Allardyce team.
It wasn't great to watch but it was a very good point. Enough said.
Player Ratings: Jussi 6; Demel 4, Collins 8, Reid 8, O'Brien 7; Noble 6, O'Neil 6; Taylor 6, Nolan 6, Jarvis 6; Cole 8 Subs Maiga 5, Tomkins 5
Posted by Hammersfan at 18:42