The Quiet Rise of George McCartney

April 29, 2007

I suspct I wasn’t alone in questioning the signing of George McCartney from a relegated Sunderland team. It took him a long time to get into the team and his first few games were distinctly average. But in the last ten games McCartney has developed into quite a player. He’s never going to be a headline grabber, but his quiet efficiency hasn’t gone unnoticed. A couple of nightmare performances earlier in the season have been forgotten after a series of quality showings in which he has been excellent defensively and far more confident going forward. In short, he’s now made the position his own. His run down the left in the game against Wigan exemplified how far he has come. He just would not have had the confidence to make that run earlier in the season.

George McCartney, we salute you.


It’s Days Like These

April 28, 2007

It’s days like these when I know why I support West Ham. The joy of it. And somehow, just somehow, a little bit of me knew we would do it. If anyone was at the game, pelase let us know your thoughts. From what I could here Tevez, Zamora, Benayoun, McCartney and Noble played out of their skins.

Our goal difference is now only five worse than Wigan’s. I really hope it doesn’t come down to that. We really have to go for it against Bolton, who are no one’s mugs.

I’m doing the newspaper review on News 24 tonight at 11.45pm. Let’s see if I manage to get West Ham into it somehow!

PS Leeds, eh? Couldn’t happen to nicer club.


Terence Brown Should be Kacking Himself

April 28, 2007

If I were Terry Brown (perish the thought) I’d not have had a good night’s sleep. Surely Eggert Magnusson will be trying to get the £5.5 million fine back from the former chairman. It’s quite clear now that the club didn’t just keep documents from the Premier League, they actually lied. Paul Alridge and Scott Duxbury seem to be the guilty parties. Mr Duxbury ought now to be fearing for his job.

I was expecting a three point deduction yesterday and we’re bloody lucky we didn’t get it. There are plenty of other examples of clubs who have had points deducted for far, far less serious matters. If I were a Fulham, Charlton or Wigan supporter I would be fuming. But I’m not, so I’m counting our lucky stars.

This afternoon is the latest must-win game for the Hammers. Thank God Tevez is allowed to play. I shall be glued to Radio 5, as it’s the live commentary.

I doubt whether there will be many changes from the Everton game. However, I do think Curbs will be putting a reserve goalkeeper on the bench this time!


He’s Better Than Jermaine

April 22, 2007

Well Bobby Zamora’s on song at the moment isn’t he? At he beginning of the season he got 5 in 5 and now he’s done it again. If only he could have got the same ratio in the other games, we’d be top of the league! Seriously, yesterday’s game was one that gave us a chance again. I know I keep writing us off, and as it seems to bring us luck, I’d better continue to do it. But if we win our next two games, it really does look as though that might be enough. I just can’t see Fulham and Charlton getting any more points. Sheffield United are safe, I reckon so it’s two out of four – the other one being Wigan.


We Need 36 Points to have a Chance…

April 21, 2007

We need 36 points to even have a chance of staying up, so anything but a win this afternoon is unthinkable. Unfortunately I can’t be there as I am on the north Norfolk coast, but I shall be spending a very stressful ninety minutes being soothed by the sound of the waves on Holkham beach.

It’s difficult to guess the team for this afternoon. I hope Ferdinand is not brought back, but I expect he will be. After his appalling showing against Chelsea Boa Morte deserves to be dropped.
I’d like to think we can pull it off this afternoon but I don’t have a good feeling about this game. I hope I am wrong.


The Chelsea Aftermath

April 19, 2007

The first thirty five minutes of last night’s game were as good as you’d find anywhere in the Premiership. We held our own and looked dangerous when attacking and solid in defence. Tevez’s goal seemed set to spark the type of display which could even have led to West Ham winning. But it was not to be. Within thirty second we had fallen behind due toi a terrible defensive error by James Collins and some neat finishing by Shaun Wright-Phillips. From then on it was just a question how how many Chelsea would score. Carlos Tevez seemed to be playing in his own at times, appearing at left back, right back, central midfield. You certainly couldn’t fault his effort. We just went through the motions in the second half. Our only chance now is to win our next three games, and we’d end up on 38 points. That could – just could, be enough, but our goal difference is so horrendous that we’d probably need a point at Old Trafford. Not likely, is it?


From Stamford Bridge to Upton Park…

April 18, 2007

You all know the next line… And if you don’t, why are you here?! We need a result tonight otherwise we are dead in the water. The crowd will play an important part. We cannot afford to concede an early goal. Reo Coker and Noble will the be the key lynchpins and will need to hold their own in midfield.

We have got three big wins out of Arsenal and Man U this season. A result tonight would be bigger than all of them. We know we do well against big teams. At Stamford Bridge earlier this season we didn’t get the draw we deserved. Let’s make up for it tonight.

C’mon you Irons!