THE ROAR – West Ham affecting title race from the outside

There’s a scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – the original Gene Wilder classic, not the Johnny Depp abomination – where a gang of children rush suddenly into Bill’s Candy Shop. As Bill, the owner, shovels sweeties liberally from glass canisters into a sea of tiny hands, a forlorn Charlie Bucket looks in […]

O90 – Tactical Analysis – West Ham United 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0

West Ham outshine and outrun title-chasers Spurs, 1-0 at the Boleyn. Spurs had the opportunity, following Leicester City’s draw yesterday, to go top of the league with a win. They have been the best defensive side in the division, but conceded here to a neatly converted corner, delivered by Dimitri Payet and nodded home by […]

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 […]

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 – Match Preview – West Ham United vs Norwich City

With the Hammers hoping to extend a four game winning streak in the league, Norwich arrive at Upton Park, buoyed by a dominant Capital One Cup victory, and with a firm mind to upset their hosts. After scoring a grand total of six goals in three-and-a-bit Premier League seasons for West Ham, Matt Jarvis has […]

O90 – What We Learned – Manchester City 1 West Ham United 2

Manchester City fielded nearly £300 million in talented personnel – the most expensive line up in Premier League history – and while David Silva was injured in the warm up, they were still heavy favourites to beat their giant-killing opponents. Yes, West Ham were on a remarkable away run, but they were to face a […]

Will West Ham benefit from Manchester City’s European schedule?

Manchester City were halted, with a heaving shudder, by Juventus in Europe this week. The Italian giant had yet to win in Serie A, but were oozing with exactly the sort of aristocratic nous that wins you these heavyweight, ding-dong European affairs. Manchester City’s feathers, which were standing at full height thanks to their perfect […]

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 – West Ham United – First month review

We are only a month into this Premier League season and already West Ham have established some stellar landmarks. To open their campaign with a raucous victory over Arsenal at the Emirates was resplendent enough, but to break a 52-year losing record at Anfield, well, that was even more unexpected. These away wins, historic as […]

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. […]

O90 – Tactical Analysis – West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth earned their first ever Premier League win away at Upton park, as they punished a shambolic defensive display from West Ham. Thanks to a calamitous pair of errors from Aaron Cresswell, West Ham were two goals down early in this home tie. They departed the pitch at half time amid a furious, caustic chorus […]

O90 – Match Preview – West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth

West Ham and Bournemouth meet at Upton Park on matchday three. The Cherries, still finding their feet in the Premier League, will fancy their chances against an injury-hit Hammers side. Bournemouth are yet to even register a goal – let alone a victory – in the Premier League yet, and were relegation favourites long before […]

O90 – Analysis – Arsenal 0 – 2 West Ham

West Ham travelled North for their 2015-16 season opener having not won at the Emirates in eight years. But with industry and neat finishing, they left with a 2-0 victory, leaving Arsenal to wonder where, outside of Alexis Sanchez, a cutting edge for them might lie. Slaven Bilic’s side set up to pack the midfield, […]

Hammers’ Euro Trip putting “Iron” back into irony.

What an irony, we got into Europe through fair play and then get two players sent off in four games, we must become more disciplined. dg — David Gold (@davidgold) July 23, 2015 The irony of West Ham collecting two red cards in their two opening rounds of Europa League qualifying, a competition they earned […]

Calculating the net plus/minus of West Ham United’s transfers so far

With such a flurry of activity going on, old players being sold or released as quickly as new players are being acquired, it can be difficult to grasp just how much the team is improving as a whole. Will the recent loss of West Ham’s most creative player last season, Stewart Downing, be made up […]

West Ham strengthening from back to front

It is rare, this early in the transfer period, for any club to have acted as quickly and effectively as West Ham has so far this offseason. The yearly chore of refreshing the roster must be carried out by every team hoping to stay afloat in the English top flight, and some teams require more […]

Slaven Bilic appointed West Ham United manager

This article first appeared on Outside90.com After months of flirting with the likes of Rafa Benitez, Carlo Ancelotti, Marco Bielsa and David Moyes, West Ham have their man, which is to say, none of those four names just mentioned. No, with every other candidate on the list having sought employment elsewhere, or remained at their […]