Thursday, December 10, 2009

West Ham Must Celebrate Jack Collison's Young Player Award By Beating Birmingham

Another crucial six-pointer awaits West Ham before the busy football period of Christmas and New Year's Eve. Birmingham and Bolton is next and the Hammers must bust a gut to beat these two teams. Could we get all six points against two sides who does not have the quality and ability that West Ham has? If we extend our first half form into the second half, I totally believe the boys can do get the desired six points.

Jack Collison recently added to his Young Hammer of the Year award by being named BBC London Young Player of the Year for 2009. West Ham should celebrate this achievement by going on a winning run. We have not won two consecutive matches this season and we must do so now!

Birmingham are in great form lately, having been unbeaten in their last six matches. Alex McLeish's side has also won three games on the trot and looking to match their best ever run of four consecutive wins. Birmingham do not let in many goals and in Joe Hart, they have arguably the best young goalkeeper in the English game. Hart have kept five clean sheets, making 53 successful saves. Only nine goals have been conceded at St. Andrews, fewer than any other Premier League stadium. Birmingham will be tough to overcome.

In tight matches, a moment of brilliance may be sufficient to win a match. That brilliance and unpredictability can be created and produced by the Italian, Alessandro Diamanti. Zola has so far been unwilling to gamble on the X-factor i.e. Diamanti. This is the ideal time to do it, since the Birmingham forwards score the fourth lowest amount of goals in the Premiership so far.

The West Ham defence will always be a problem this season, hence we will need to score more goals than the opposition. With Stanislas and Collison supporting Diamanti and Franco from wide areas, we should have a fairly attacking line up. The forward line which offers directness (Collison), pace (Stanislas), creativity (Diamanti) and guile (Franco). This is the side that could bring us three points and then Bolton awaits.

The Flat Back Four's favoured West Ham lineup (4-4-1-1):
--------------------------------- Green

Faubert --------------- Da Costa ------ Gabbidon ------------ Ilunga

---------------- Parker--------------------------- Noble

Stanislas -------------- ----------- ---- ------------------- Collison

------------------------ Diamanti

---------------------------------- Franco

Gianfranco Zola has admitted that West Ham are definitely in a relegation battle and need to galvanize the players to show determination and fight this season. Jack Collison and Scott Parker looks to be motivated...but what about the rest of the players? The head-to-head stats is in our favour, The Blues have only won five of 29 Premier League home games against clubs from London.

So, come on You Irons!

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