Oh dear, oh dear. Every goalkeeper has an off day once in a while and boy was this an off day for Robert Green. We all see him as Mr Reliable but today he was certainly at fault for two of Bolton’s goals, if not all three. The first was unforgivable, the second one a spill and the third … well, I have seen it several times and I still can’t understand how we can let in a goal from more than forty yards – yet it still seemed unstoppable.
But it wasn’t just Rob Green. It is difficult to pinpoint any West Ham player who had an average game, let alone a good one. Perhaps Ilunga was the exception, especially in the first half, but the rest did not perform anywhere near their abilities.
It seems to me that if the two central midfield players aren’t on song, it affects the flow of the whole team. Noble had a nightmare. Perhaps he didn’t feel able to commit himself fully after being booked so early. Parker was little better with two many passes going astray. Etherington didn’t impose himself on the game and Behrami, although committed, seemed very hot and cold. Faubert’s crosses were either too long or too short, and too often he lost the attacker on the left.
Up front, Cole did OK, holding the ball up and nearly bagging a superb goal which the Bolton goalkeeper somehow palmed away. Although the goal went in off his shoulder, he was in the right place at the right time, something which happens all too rarely. Di Michele had a couple of long range shots but didn’t really make a huge contribution before he was subbed for Bellamy and I suspect he will be dropped for the next game. Bellamy was on for most of the second half but was largely anonymous. Sears only had ten minutes but barely got a touch.
I think we have to put this down to a bad day at the office and not read too much into it. But it did concern me when the commentator said that Rob Green hasn’t had a clean sheet since February. That needs to change, and change soon.
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