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 – 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 – 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 […]

Tactical Breakdown – West Ham’s Away Plan

With four games played, two at home and two away, this is West Ham’s record: Home matches: Played – 2, Lost – 2, Aggregate score – 4-6. Away Matches: Played – 2, Won – 2, Aggregate score – 5-0. The discrepancy becomes even more astonishing when you factor in the standard of the opposition; with […]

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 […]

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, […]