O90 – Dele Alli shines for England, as West Ham await.

Wayne Rooney led out, as captain, the youngest England team since 1959 to face a France side wracked with an acute sense of sorrow. The attacks in Paris had, so we thought, meant the end for this friendly match, but a decision to stage the tie was made amid the mourning, as a showing of […]

O90– What We Learned – Sunderland 2 West Ham United 2

Sunderland and West Ham played out a frenetic match, where poor decisions all round forged a haphazard 2-2 draw. Sunderland were piping Prokofiev’s Dance of the Knights around the Stadium of Light before kick off. It is their usual pre-match accompaniment, but, at the moment, it was the perfect aural illustration of the booming, tar-black […]

O90 – Tactical Analysis – West Ham United 2 Newcastle United 0

West Ham earned their first home win of the season, with Dimitri Payet single-handedly shredding Newcastle at Upton Park. Newcastle remain winless, and toothless. A concrete mixer dropped its load on a highway adjacent to Upton Park, meaning Newcastle’s players had to walk a few hundred yards to make it to the stadium in time […]

O90 – Tactical Analysis – West Ham 1 – 2 Leicester City

West Ham hosted Leicester City overnight, a week after both teams registered highly impressive opening week victories. A frenzied battle followed, with the Foxes just edging a 2-1 victory, though some questionable refereeing was also the cause for much hand-wringing around East London. With the Hammers allowed the space and possession to control the match […]