O90 – Tactical Analysis – West Ham United 2 Aston Villa 0

West Ham tore down 10-man Villa, after Ayew’s idiotic dismissal. Villa, having had their already low confidence further deflated by a transfer window devoid of signings, were determined to prove their wroth in the opening stages of this match. West Ham, who have been so complacent against lower sides this term, allowed Villa to dominate […]

O90 – What We Learned – Liverpool 0 – 3 West Ham United

West Ham bounced back from last week’s home defeat by hammering a tepid Liverpool side 3-0 at Anfield overnight. The Reds were utterly toothless in attack, and Slaven Bilic’s men decimated their tentative defensive line on the counter. Kouyate’s swinging role was vital. The Senegalese certainly is a boisterous, leggy force to be reckoned with. […]

Mark for England: Arguing for a Noble cause

When Adam Lallana had to withdraw from England duty, a handful of players who had been initially overlooked were suddenly given a burst of hope. Maybe they would be the lucky one to replace the injured Liverpool midfielder. Maybe, just maybe, they would be the man chosen to slide into this newly minted, perfectly notched […]

Hammers making their own luck

A more cynical observer of the current league standings might well scoff, review West Ham’s last two matches, matches they won, and smugly utter some dripping, tepid arrangement of syllables the gist of which indicates that Sam Allardyce’s team are “lucky” to be holding such a lofty position on the table. They would scour the […]

Jekyll or Hyde for the Hammers

West Ham were convincingly beaten by Southampton on Saturday, despite going 1-0 up through Mark Noble’s deflected opening strike. Onlookers may have been unsure as to how much possession this new Saints side would demand, and how much the new, attackingly-minded West Ham side would be happy to secede, but these questions were answered quickly. […]