Something truly remarkable happened yesterday. With time running down and Allardyce desperate for a winning goal, Vaz Te was sent on and Captain Kev was withdrawn. The look on Nolan's face said it all. Bewildered. Shocked. Betrayed. It was like a son walking in to his bedroom to find his sixteen year old girl friend having sex with his Dad!
And you can understand the amazement. If you need a goal, you keep Nolan on the pitch. Normally. Let's face it, he nearly scored two in this game, with one deflection in the six yard box brilliantly saved by Cesar and another headed over the bar. But the trouble is, Nolan's knack seems to have deserted him in recent weeks. It is true that he is still getting opportunities but he has stopped taking them. And his presence in the team is restricting our most talented player, Joe Cole.
We came alive in the second half yesterday because the chains tying JC to the touchline were snapped by Allardyce at half time. Suddenly Cole was allowed to wander, to move inside, to find space rather than occupy a space - and the results were sensational.
Second half we could have scored five. Chamahk should have had two, M'Bia made two brilliant blocks, Joe Cole was clean through on goal and forced a good save from Cesar, and Reid might have scored two. We pounded QPR and with JC given more freedom, we looked like a different team - fluid, expansive, dare I say impressive.
But we can't have two players sitting in the hole. With Paulista comfortable on the flanks too, the way forward may well be to use Joe Cole in the hole, and then what do you do with Kevin Nolan?
An impact sub perhaps?
Match report here: http://thegamesgonecrazy.blogspot.ro/2013/01/west-ham-1-qpr-1-west-ham-mortally.html