Saturday, 1 December 2012
West Ham 3 Chelsea 1 - Benitez Plastic Melted by Allardyce Passion
невероятно, блестящ - I watched the game in a bar in Viliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria and this has to be one of the best days ever. Half time I was ranting about referee Atkinson and the disgraceful decision to disallow Nolan's goal for an invisible "foul" by Collins, and by the end I was toasting the bastard in the black for allowing Cole's goal, despite a blatant foul, and Abramovitch for appointing Benny Benitez.
One nil down at half time, my money would have been on a two or three goal Chelsea victory if I could ever bet against my own team. My mind had turned to the bottom of the table games, praying for QPR and Villa to draw, Reading and Southampton to lose and wondering where the next nineteen points were going to come from. Little did I know that Benitez was telling his side to retreat, Atkinson was being told he had ballsed up and needed to make redress, and Allardyce was reorganising the team and telling a few players that he would have their bollocks on toast if he didn't see an improvement.
The second half was one of the best 45 minutes I have ever seen West Ham play. Chelsea were over run, driven deeper and deeper into their Spanish shell, as we buzzed like one of Sullivan and Gold's deluxe vibrators. Chelsea don't like it up them and we shoved it exactly where it hurts - right up Benitez's mañana - not that he has many mañanas left after two 0-0 draws and a 3-1 thumping at Upton Park!
Cole was brilliant. Of course his goal should have been disallowed but who cares, he was overdue a stroke of luck. His lay back for Diame's goal was sheer class and he led the line throughout with more composure and intelligence than Carroll has displayed all season. The celebrations that followed Cole's equaliser were epic. The players were pumped and boy did they show it! Two minutes of retaliation from Chelsea apart, we remained on top from that point forward!
Diame was sublime after replacing Tomkins. Collins was a rock at the back. Jussi made three excellent saves in the game (let's forget that dodgy throw out!). Taylor was a huge improvement on O'Neil. And Maiga scored! фантастично, невероятно, блестящ!
22 points banked. We will not go down from here. I was no fan of Allardyce but I was wrong. The guy is a bloody genius!
West Ham 3 Chelsea 1. Dear God, and I am celebrating in Bulgaria tonight with beer at 80p a pint! Heaven!
Player ratings: Jussi 8; Demel 6, Reid 7, Collins 7, O'Brien 6; Tomkins 5; O'Neil 5, Noble 6, Nolan 7, Jarvis 6; Cole 8 Subs Diame 9, Taylor 7, Maiga 7
Posted by Hammersfan at 16:27