Sunday, March 7, 2010

Another False Dawn For West Ham United!

Boy, West Ham needed a win against Bolton but Bolton, being our bogey team, it was all going to be difficult, wasn't it? If not for two early goals, we could have made a good stab at winning but now we go into the next two matches against Chelsea and Arsenal, knowing that West Ham could end up once again in the bottom three.

Once again, West Ham were let down by terrible defending. Every cross from Bolton's wingers seemed dangerous and Kevin Davies was a massive influence for the Trotters. A typical Diamanti goal, curled in superbly, reduced the arrears and helped protect our goal difference margin. He has done his fair share of helping haul West Ham out of relegation danger.

Mido was ineffectual when he came on, and the whole team looked laboured as obviously the two goals in the first 16 minutes completely knocked the stuffing out of the team. West Ham's best player this season, Scott Parker just could not inspire a Hammers comeback this time around. Our fullbacks are poor, and any team with decent speed and good delivery from the wings will cause West Ham problems. We just do not have a capable left-footed leftback and had to make do with the right-footed Jonathan Spector in that position.

Deficiencies in both fullback positions and the crucial injury to Carlton Cole have been the downfall of West Ham this season. These areas were evidently not reinforced sufficiently by Zola and this weakness have been exploited by teams this season. Bolton, for sure, took advantage of this yesterday.

Gianfranco Zola seemed very disappointed during the post match interview. He spoke defiantly about not rolling over and let Chelsea or Arsenal walk over them. However I think his goose is cooked and he will definitely be walking at the end of this season. I will fully support Mark Hughes' appointment as the new West Ham manager and also welcome the signing of Roque Santa Cruz to the family of the Irons.

That's assuming that West Ham manages to stay in the Premiership. If not, all these Premier League football superstars may have to start shopping at used car dealer shops as they get acquainted to Championship football.

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