Haway the Hammers

It’s good news that Kieron Dyer is back in training. We could do with him on the right hand side at the moment. He won’t, of course, be involved against Sunderland.

We’re now only two above the relegation zone, but a win against Sunderland will only lift us to 13th. Diego Tristan is included in the squad for the first time but will start from the bench. The main question is whether Zola will persist with the 4-3-3 formation and start with a front line of Cole-Sears-Bellamy. Cole, it appears, will sign a new 4 year contract next week, and according to the Sunday Mirror is targeting an England callup.

I would expect the team to remain broadly the same as against Portsmouth. Ilunga’s injury wasn’t too serious and he is expected to retain his place at left back, although it would be interesting to see Walter Lopez get a run out. I saw him against Watford, as as the game went on, he became our best player.

Midfield is the only area where changes may be made. Personally, I’d play Etherington, Parker and Behrami, with Sears floating around the right hand side.

Come on you Irons!

PS You may have noticed that the Links have disappeared. I was trying to edit them, and the whole thing got deleted. Now I can’t seem to reinstate it. Doh!

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24 Responses to Haway the Hammers

  1. guyser says:

    Iain do you rate Carlton Cole? First touch, Pace & Finishing are all with any striker thus my doubts about him

  2. Big Casino says:

    i’d go 433:

    Green

    Neill
    Ilunga
    Upson
    Collins

    Behrami
    Parker
    Collison

    Etherington
    Cole

    I strongly fancy us tomorrow. Kenwyne Jones and Cisse are going to be a right handful, but i’m backing Upson and Collins to keep them quiet… Bellamy and Behrami to bang them in at the other end.

    Sunderland 0 West Ham 2
    Bellamy

  3. Big Casino says:

    Bellamy upfront with Cole and Ethers obviously

  4. SD says:

    I would definitely make you right about Dyer, if he can come back from his horrific injury (and yes on this occasion I agree it was an impact injury Curbs not cos you signed a crock) to make the same sort of impact he did last season though admittedly it was shortlived I think he could be a revelation for us!

    I think that this is game we are not expected to get anything from, great lets do what west ham do best and get the result no-one expects- on this occasion a win..

    As an aside, I am really down-hearted for once not by the way the Irons are playing but by the way my fellow hammers are talking about the team/ club/ board/ players- if we look at it all logically I think we have great cause for optimism and potentially we could be looking at the start of another Fergie/ Wenger era but at our beloved club. Come on you Irons!!

    P.S. A big shout to all the Hammers travelling up for the game who are victims of the TV scheduling, fair play!!

  5. nobby says:

    rip reg varney

  6. DevoDevo says:

    No Collison, iain? hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    Need to keep it tight for the first half, Jones ran us ragged last season and Cisse is a real handful.

    Zola has to play Bellers up front where he can hit on the counter. Cole was atrocious last week, as was Etherington, whose distribution is appalling given the positions he gets in Boa Morte had a decent game before last week and will give you more defensively. I would also like to see Lopez given a run out. From what I have seen of him he looks pacy, so I would go with:

    Green

    Behrami
    Collins
    Upson
    Ilunga

    Faubert
    Parker
    Collison
    Boa Morte?Lopez

    Sears
    Bellamy

    COYI

  7. jpt says:

    Cole and Bellamy up front I think should gell given time.

  8. Jolly says:

    Green
    Ilunga
    Upson
    Collins
    Faubert
    Etherington
    Bowyer
    Parker
    Behrami
    Bellamy
    Cole

    But….alas i still think we’ll get beat 1-0.
    Just can’t see where the goals are gonna come from at the moment and Cisse always bloody scores against us. COYI!!!!

  9. Lee says:

    GK Robert Green

    RB Lucas Neill (c)
    CB James Collins
    CB Matthew Upson
    LB Hertia Ilunga

    RCM Valon Behrami
    CM Scott Parker
    LCM Jack Collison

    RF Freddie Sears
    CF Carlton Cole
    LF Craig Bellamy

    Subs: GK Marek Stech, LB Walter Lopez, RM Julien Faubert, CM Hayden Mullins, LCM Luis Boa Morte, LF Matthew Etherington, CF Diego Tristan

  10. Lee says:

    Carlton Cole to get a brace, while Jack Collison to have a fantastic game and pull the strings in Midfield.

  11. James says:

    I would love to see Sears play the central strikers role with etherington and Bellars to either side, An option which should offer blistering pace!

    I would also like to see Scott Parker as our captain, Pretty sure he was outstanding as captain at Charlton and Newcastle respectively!

    GK Green

    RWB Faubert
    CB Collins
    CB Upson
    LWB Illunga

    RCM Behrami
    CDM Parker (CAPTAIN)
    LCM Collison

    RF Bellamy
    ST Sears
    LF Etherington

    Subs = Lastuvka, Neill, Tomkins, Mullins, Boa Morte, Di Michele, Cole, Tristan

  12. Gorgonzola says:

    AWAY SO A 4-4-2…WITH FAUBERT GIVEN LICENSE TO ATTACK FOR THE 1ST TIME. WE AINT SEEN THE BEST OF HIM. PLAY LOPEZ ON LEFT WING BECAUSE ETHERINGTON CAN’T SHOOT OR CROSS UNLESS IT’S INTO THE STANDS. IT’S LIKE HIS FOOTS NOT CONNECTED TO HIS ANKLE PROPERLY…KIND OF FLOPS AS SOON AS HE STRIKES THE BALL.

    SEARS TO THE BENCH….PLAYERS BACK SO HE SHOULD MOVE TO THE ROLE OF COMING ON AT THE END OF A GAME WE’RE IN FRONT IN.

    MUST PLAY COLLISON…..WHILST TELLING NOBLE TO WATCH AND LEARN.

    Green

    Behrami Collins Upson Ilunga

    Faubert Parker Collinson Lopez

    Bellamy Cole

  13. Infidel Castro says:

    I may as well join the mass delusion in evidence here. West Ham to win 8-1 with a Boa-Morte hat trick.

  14. Not impressed with Faubert. One to sell.

    We have the players to beat Sunderland. We have the players to give anyone a game! What we lack is what Gallas was talking about: mental strength. We lack that never-say-die attitude. Even when Man. Utd. go one-down, you never imagine they’re going to lose, and neither do they!

    If we can just ride out Winter and get 10-12 more points on the board, Ashton, Dyer, Noble and Gabbiddon will be back, and we can kick-on.

  15. ironsmith says:

    Iain, I agree that a Dyer return would be more than welcome, but on the right?!!How could you say that when we have some class there already?And we are so unbelievably poor on the left hand side with Etheringt and Boa Morte both of whom I hope never wear the shirt again and for me are one of the main reasons for our lack of recent success. that they both must go in January. I agree with those showing faith in one of our greatest prospects that being the highly talented Jack Collison and I go along with Lee and Gorgonzola whosw team selections would closely resemble my own ie minus the the 2 players of general liability mentioned above. I too, would love to see Lopez play and despite my disenchantment with our poorer players I am very excited about the future with Zola as our manager.

  16. E1 says:

    I think 4 -4 – 2 will be better against sunderland and the team ALL need to be ball winners, Keano has got his team fighting for every scrap and the chase the ball for 90 mins.
    Green
    Faubert Collins Upson Illunga

    Behrami Collinson Parker Bellamy

    Cole Tristan

    Bellamy could do and great job on the left and get in amonst the goals, it worked for devo, I have a good feeling about today as long as we keep tight and consentrate.
    With bowyer,sears and ethrington on the bench we can always change things if need be to hold on to a lead or go for a goal. I think this would give Keano something to think about a may just distrupt his game plan.

  17. richo says:

    Really need the points and confidence that would come with a win especially when you look at our coming games. I’d start with the same line up as last week, clean sheet was a good result, backing the boys to achieve the same result (clean sheet) whilst puttin a couple in the net this week.Word is Tristan will undergo a fitness test, would like to see him comin’ off the bench if we need goals. Predcition 2-0 Irons.

  18. chris says:

    lets forget 4 4 3 dont think it suits our strikers they seemed so static,we played better when we played the second half 4 4 2 against portsmouth……
    bellars
    cole

    ethrington
    collinson
    parker
    sears/behrami

    collins
    upson
    ilunga
    faubert(just coz hes quicker than neil)

  19. Tony says:

    Dont care about starting line up…dont care about formation….dont care taktics… I just wont 3 much needed point and dont care how we get them. A last second , jammy, off side own goal by the hand of god will do me. Come on u Irons.

  20. D&G says:

    Agree with Tony. Even if the ball goes in off someone’s nose on the 89th minute in a dull 90mins game I will be a VERY happy man.

    I’ve had this down as a loss or MAYBE a draw, but I fancy Tristan to get one in for us. This guy has lost his way big time but you cant deny we ‘was’ a world class player and you don’t lose them skills it’s all about confidence and if he can get some of that back we might have the buy of the season.

    COME ON TRISTAN! prove to the world you still have what it takes!

  21. Goatygav says:

    Hope Dyer makes it back. He’s had so much bad luck I really feel for the bloke. He’s also a terrific, creative, player who has a big influence on games.

    I also hope that we manage to keep things tight today. Upson or Parker would be my captain of: –

    Green

    Faubert RFB
    Collins CB
    Upson CB
    Ilunga LFB

    Bellamy LM
    Collison CM
    Parker CM
    Behrami RM

    Cole CF
    Sears CF

    I’m making no predictions about the score – only that Sears will get one. He’s looking more and more the part from week to week.

    I would like to see Zola stick to his principles but at the same time feel that 442 is the way forward.

    COYI!!!

  22. Tevezgate says:

    I would like to see Spector back in, Neill seems to be increasingly ineffectual while he is negotiating his new deal. The left side is the big problem… Matty gives his all, has great pace but cannot cross the bal, end of. Boa is too temperamental, so I would play Collison instead. Up fron bellamy and Freddy select themselves, and although Cole cannot finish he is a great hold up man and so has to be included.

    Green

    Spector Collins Upson Ilunga

    Behrami Parker (C) Collison

    Bellamy Sears Cole

  23. hammeredcalv says:

    i woulg go, 4-4-1-1,

    green

    berhami
    upson
    colins
    ilunga

    faubert
    parker
    collison
    boa morte

    tristan/ cole playing slightly deeper

    bellamy playing off the last defender, try and nick it 0-1 !

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