Sunday, 9 December 2012
West Ham 2 Liverpool 3 - Rule of the Ex strikes with a vengeance
For a while there, we were getting excited. Back to back victories over Chelsea and Liverpool, after going behind in each. Perhaps there really was a changing of the guard. Perhaps we could really look up rather than down when hoping for results in other games. But then again, perhaps not.
There was no shame in this defeat, but what it showed was that our squad is paper thin and, with injuries to certain players, we are going to struggle. Carroll isn't one of them though. Outside the box, Cole was immense today, leading the line superbly. If only we had more players capable of breaking beyond him and scoring because when in the box, he changes from a tiger to a kitten still sadly!
Nolan was quiet today which is a shame because Cole bullied the Liverpool centre backs remorselessly. They were terrified of him and after this game, I would imagine Rodgers would be happier taking Carlton to Anfield than reclaiming Carroll.
Noble did well. Jarvis did well. Diame did well until he was injured. Reid was good. Collins put in a few great blocks. Taylor ran around a lot. Jussi was impressive. And Demel was good until he came off at half time. But O'Brien was torn apart when on the left, Tomkins looked what he was, out of position, and Maiga looked brainless again.
The Liverpool goals were excellent and it did nothing for the mood for two players "made in West Ham" to be on the score sheet. Our goals, in contrast were lucky. It was a penalty, and Noble took it expertly, but Allen was unfortunate nevertheless and I suspect Gerrard was trying to show Carlton how to head the ball when in the box when he connected superbly to give us the lead.
So, we keep looking down the table and hoping. 22 points in the bank. Southampton are still seven points behind and Sunderland nine. If Diame is out with a hamstring, points could be hard to come by over the next few weeks.
Player ratings: Jussi 7; Demel 6 Reid 7 Collins 6 O'Brien 3 ( 1 first half, 6 second!); Noble 6, Diame 7; Jarvis 7, Nolan 6, Taylor 5; Cole 8 Subs: McCartney 5, Tomkins 3, Maiga 2
Posted by Hammersfan at 19:01