Friday, October 2, 2009

Dismal Home Form Will Spur West Ham To A Win Against Fulham

After the away defeat against Manchester City, Zola had stated that the team including himself will have to bring the thunder back. This basically means that the players must show desire, motivation and fighting spirit if West Ham are to start winning again.

If the Manchester City loss can be considered an "acceptable defeat", then this weekend's match against Fulham is rightly labelled as "the Cup final". Personally, I doubt it's as serious as that but for sure, a win looks vital even at this early stage in the season. What better motivation for the players than the chance to correct a winless home record and continue bragging rights against Fulham. West Ham have not lost to Fulham, winning eight and drawing three in their last 11 meetings. Fulham is also in a slump and a win would see West Ham overtake Fulham in the Premiership table.

Steve Clarke has said in the club website that the team is ready and focused to achieve three points on Sunday. Scoring goals remain a problem and I hope that Guillermo Franco is available for this match as he looks an intelligent striker capable of goals. The positive side is that Fulham is also struggling for goals and the probable absence of Matthew Upson should not hurt the Hammers as much.

Another energetic performance from cult hero-to-be Diamanti can be expected. If he can chip in with some goals, I am sure that West Ham can grab only their second win this season at Upton Park this Sunday.

Probably Team News (as seen in The Telegraph)
West Ham United: Green; Faubert, Tomkins, Da Costa, Ilunga; Parker; Diamanti, Kovac, Noble, Jimenez; Cole
Fulham: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Kelly; Duff, Etuhu, Murphy, Dempsey; Johnson, Zamora


陈桂生 said...

With extra 1 man still can concede 2 goals. It's time to sack Zola and transform Westham.

TheFlatBackFour said...

I think West Ham does not have money to compensate Zola. However I don't think the draw was all his fault, in the end the players need to play well and have the right mental attitude on the pitch. It looks like apart from Scott Parker, there are no other leaders on the pitch. West Ham is a poor version of Arsenal right now, and need a bit more steel. Hope the international break will get things back on track.

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