West Ham 1 – 0 Sunderland: What We Learned


West Ham tussled and turned frenetically with Sunderland, who, under new manager Dick Advocaat, were hoping to immediately revive themselves from their relegation-bound malaise. The match wasn’t one for the purists, but it did teach us a few things. I articulated them in digital text, on Outide90.com.

West Ham were waiting with baited breath on the arrival of Sunderland, a team one point off the relegation places, and only the Hammers’ second bottom-half opponent in the last seven rounds.

The remainder of the season held some handsome promise for Sam Allardyce’s men, facing a string of relatively simple fixtures on the horizon, and with Sunderland having had only five days with new manager Dick Advocaat, who replaced the sacked Gus Poyet, the Hammers were no doubt keen to secure a win before the ‘new manager bump’ set in. Here is what we learned from what was ultimately a tense, at times turgid, and taught match…


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