O90 – Tactical Analysis – West Ham United 1 Sunderland 0

A terse, simmering match was played out here, as West Ham outlasted Sunderland 1-0. Sam Allardyce was late getting to the pitch for this match, and as such his reception was muted, with the contest already in swing. He wouldn’t have missed much; just as the Hammers supportership have been unrestrained in expressing their relief […]

O90 – Michail Antonio’s story a testament to hard work

As far as rags-to-riches stories go, it’s difficult to top Jamie Vardy’s. The Leicester City scurrier has naturally dominated the column inches this season, and with good reason, sitting as he is atop the league scoring charts. As he smashed in his wondergoal against Liverpool, there was a screenwriter sitting in his personal box, probably […]

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 […]

West Ham complete a stunning deadline day flurry

David Gold and David Sullivan aren’t taking any chances this season. On transfer deadline day, that breathless last-gasp scramble, the West Ham co-owners have orchestrated a stunning flurry of deals, all completed before the final gong rang. Whether it was signings that had lingered uncompleted for weeks or surprise transactions that emerged from the deadline […]