Saturday, 30 November 2013

Half Time Guess What West Ham 0 Fulham 0

So Allardyce's program notes list the strikers he tried to buy, but trying isn't good enough. They wouldn't join because they knew they wouldn't get a game if Carroll was fit and available. Mind you, that was always going to be one hell of an IF!

Today, Allardyce has returned to plan A. Maiga up front, Nolan behind, Jarvis and Downing out wide and Diame and Noble providing the midfield engine - and that might work if Jarvis could cross and Maiga could score. But Jarvis wastes opportunity after opportunity to put the ball into dangerous areas, and Maiga shows all the goal scoring potential of 'Arry's mum. And I use that simile advisedly because Bent, who famously missed a chance that Redknapp's mum would have buried, is in the Fulham team - and my money is on him or Taarabt to score second half.

And that's a real worry, because Fulham have goal scorers in the team - Bent, Taarabt, Duff, Sidwell - and we haven't. So in a game that has 1-0 written all over it, you have to mark Fulham as favourites to run out the winners.

McCartney is on a yellow and is a good bet to get red as he tires. I would take him off. Tomkins is lucky to be on the pitch as it is, because the challenge which secured yellow had red written all over it for me. Late, dangerous, at pace - it was an ankle breaker and he is a lucky boy to still be on the pitch.

We have had chances, but chances are no good without people able to take them, and Maiga summed it all up horribly when he shouldered Noble's free kick onto the post from two yards out.

Fingers crossed things get better second half, but it doesn't look promising!

11 comments:

SwissStu said...

Dont want to hoodoo the whole thing but we are Thankful old Super Scotty is on the opposition today. Lost possesion and Diame scores!

SwissStu said...

Dont want to hoodoo the whole thing but I am glad Parker is playing! Super Scotty loses the ball and Diame Scores

Kareem said...

1-0 for us! and Parker messing up makes it sweeter

Anonymous said...

are you at the game today mate?

Anonymous said...

3-0

Anonymous said...

#chump #noidea #clueless #embarrassing

Anonymous said...

16:48 nice one!

Ábel Lőrincz said...

Fulham have been poor the second half. They failed to stop Downing, and gave up the wings completely at the closing stages.
Bent could not get into the box, Fulham's best attacking outlet was Taarabt, but he was so straightforward, West Ham had no problems defending against him.

I wrote a tactical analysis of the game:
http://www.footballstatsandtactics.com/2013/11/west-ham-united-fulham-another-poor.html

Anonymous said...

"half time guess what....your not their.

Whamga.com. said...

16:48...i will answer that for you.....no....he never goes...to much effort needed....why leave a cosy room?

Anonymous said...

Get back on your porch with your shotgun you inbred. Jeremy Kyle for you one day (if you're lucky)