How we rated the Irons against Bournemouth





CandH’s Niall McDonald hands out the marks


Adrian: One flying save for the photographers in the second half. Otherwise a relatively comfortably afternoon 6
Zabaleta: The more advanced of the two wing-backs for most of the game 6
Ogbonna: Angelo high-fiving Collins after catching Wilson offside summed up the Moyes defensive regime nicely 7
Collins: Seemed solely focused on preventing Wilson scoring with his hand, head or any other part of his body 7
Cresswell: Defended well, started to get forward more after the break. Limped off late apparently with severe cramp 6
Obiang: Not one of his best passing performances today 4
Kouyate: Made several driving runs down the right 6
Noble: Lots of running and harrying and tackling. Just about kept up with the game 5
Lanzini: Looked to be feeling the effects of 120 mins against Shrewsbury. Hopefully the injury is not serious 6
Masuaku: Bournemouth played Smith wide right which limited Arthur’s attacking chances. Did find more space after the break 6
Arnautovic: Led the line admirably. At times his touch and awareness seemed a little too far ahead of his teammates 7

Hernandez: Sombreros aloft for a vital (and rare) poacher’s finish 7
Rice: Wasn’t on for long but was at it straight away. Couple of important interceptions 6
Byram: Few minutes of stoppage time wide right  no rating

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CandH PlayerWatch: Here’s Lanzini’s every touch


CandH’s PlayerWatch  reporter Daniel Danielli Leach  put Manu Lanzini under his personal searchlight this afternoon. Here’s every move the Argentine midfielder made before he left the action with injury.


1 – Plays a neat one two with Arnautovic but he is offside when he takes the shot
2 – Does not manage to get a touch on Cresswell’s shot which could have taken it goal bound
10 – Plays a great flick on in the air to Arnautovic but it comes to nothing
11 – Crosses the ball from the left and side but the header is straight at Begovic
14 – Controls the ball and turns his man before releasing the ball to Arnautovic but Begovic comes out to stop any chance
22 – Cross on the right side fails to get to Arnautovic
26 – Lays off Noble on the edge of the area but his Zaza style shot goes for a throw in
28 – Picks up the ball, spins his man and dribbles 10 yards before playing a through ball to Arnautovic on his right but his shot goes wide
30 – Some very risky play at the back with his team mates leads to a counter attack for us
35 – Makes a really bad pass from a throw in to Wilson but luckily nothing comes of it
37 – Caught offside on the edge of the area when receiving an Arnautovic ball but the touch was poor anyway
41 – On the right hand side he Controls the ball well with his head but is impeded when turning
45 – Picks the ball up from a Kouyaté pass, turns his man and releases the ball to Arnautovic which leads to a corner for us
51 – Whips in a free kick to the back post but the ball is headed away
53 – Capitalizes on a poor Bournemouth pass and dribbles out and in before releasing the ball to Arnautovic
54 – Crosses in a corner but the ball is headed away
59 – Dribbles from the half way line on the left hand side all the way to the edge of the area beating 5 players in the process but his shot skies over
62 – A 35 yard free kick goes to nothing
62 – Before Begovic takes a free kick Lanzini goes down in the centre of the pitch for no apparently reason
63 – Is substituted for Chicharito for hopefully what was only precautionary measures.
Verdict – 6.5While not outstanding today he put a good performance nevertheless. His quick passing, movement, mini dribbles and creativity are much welcomed but today he was not able to produce a performance like he did against Huddersfield. He and Arnautovic are starting to form a formidable partnership and hopefully the injury isn’t too bad.


Moyes will do best to get the “right players” in

LanziniWest Ham boss has pledged to do all he can to bring in players after Manu became the latest player to join the walking wounded.

After the Argentine midfieder had hobbled off to be replaced by goalscorer Chicharito the boss said: “Manu has a bit of a hamstring, Cresswell’s was just complete cramp and he should be ok.

Manu is the problem and we hope it isn’t serious. We’re short on the bench at the moment, we’ve got a lot of injuries, but the boys are doing a great job and some of them had to play 120 minutes in midweek, so great credit to them.

“We could do with a body or two coming in, so we’ll try to do that. We’re working on it and we’ll try to get the right players and people who we think can help us.”

Giving his appraisal of the 1- 1 draw he said: “I think with 15 minutes to go I might have said ‘I’ll take the point’, but prior to that we had some good play.

“I think in the first half especially we played some really good football and we missed some big chances today. We just missed that clinical cutting edge to show how good that football had been.

“I’m thrilled with how we reacted to their goal. Normally when you lose the first goal in the Premier League it’s very difficult to get back, and I don’t think there’s too much between the teams in this part of the table.

“It keeps the momentum going. We’re nudging along, making progress, the most important thing come the end of the season is not to be in the bottom three, but in the same breath I’ve got my eyes looking up to see if we can make the top ten as well.

“The first thing is making sure the back door is shut and a point today wasn’t the worst result.”

And of Chicharito’s goal he declared: “It’s the kind of reaction that he’s abou. We know that’s what he does – he’s the sort of centre forward who has made a living out of being a fox in the box and scoring at every opportunity they get.

“Chicharito needs those sort of opportunities and we need to get more of the ball in the box. There was that one, and we put a great one in just after it across the face of the box, but we needed him today. All the boys here will play a part and Chicharito helped us today.”



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Noble delivers his verdict

6MarkNobleMark Noble reckons the 120 minutes of midweek FA Cup action may have got to the Hammers towards the end of today’s game against Bournemouth.

Giving his assessment of the game the captain said: “I’d say it was a pretty even game to be honest. We started off really well and had a couple of good chances but just couldn’t quite find the back of the net.

“They got back into the game and after going 1-0 down to score ourselves straight away was fantastic.

“You could tell that the 120 minutes on Tuesday affected our last 20 minutes, but we got a result – another point – and that’s the main thing.”

He added: “We brought Chicha on, he hasn’t played much football recently, and that’s what he does – get in those positions.

“I hope there’s lots more to come, he’s a great finisher as we know. The way Manu and Marko have been playing, obviously the manager has had to stick with them, but he’s come on and scored a very important goal for us.”


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Never-say-die Hammers fitting the Moyes mould

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javier-hernandez-chicharito-west-ham-united_1odvooapufqa71imqno5ljei2tWest Ham battled their way to another precious point against a very decent Bournemouth team and go into the FA Cup weekend still holding onto 11th position in the PL.

They fell behind in the 72nd minute to a Ryan Fraser goal before Chicharito – on for injured Manu Lanzini – grabbed a typical goal straight from the kick off to equalise.

Make no mistake, this is a very different West Ham team to the one the Scot inherited just a few weeks ago. He has  produced an energetic team ready to battle and produce blood sweat and tears for the cause. The attitude couldn’t be further away from where we were under the last manager.

Beyond that, there are great signs that real passing quality is appearing with the Hammers looking a very decent outfit at times although they need to aim at maintaining that over 90 minutes.

The decision to team up Marko Arnautovich with Manu Lanzini looks something of a master stoke despite neither getting onto the score sheet today.

In fairness the visitors had done their homework on them and it was an irony that it should be Lanzini’s replacement who ensured we grabbed a point.

My overwhelming feeling throughout this 90 minutes was that if David Moyes can make such a difference to a side  within such a short space of time how good will it become once he adds a few of his own.

The future is looking very decent.


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Lanzini – it looks like a hamstring issue

A Lanzini C&HManu Lanzini looked to have tweaked a hamstring when he was hauled off during the second half of the game against Bournemouth this afternoon.

The Argentine playmaker had enjoyed an effective hour but was forced off after appearing to feel his hamstring in the 64th minute.

Chicharito replaced him and then scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute after Ryan Fraser had given the visitors a lead seconds earlier.

And should a scan show that Manu has indeed suffered a hamstring problem it probably means that the little Mexican will be remaining as part of the Hammers squad despite wild transfer speculation.

Aaron Cresswell too suffered a blow when he went down in the 90th minute and the physio was looking at his right angle and after applying a little pressure to it the left back decided that was enough to call it a day.

The Irons though fully deserved their point in a game between two evenly matched sides and tonight remain in 11th position


Irons respond to ‘Chicharito for Besiktas’ report

HernandezBW726Javier Hernandez will not be sold to Besiktas or anywhere else for half of what we paid for him as is currently being reported.

Once again The Sun – having picked up a report from Goal.com (yep, that’ how it works these days)  – is repeating the line that the striker is set to make a £7.5 million switch just six  months after joining the Irons for £16 million.

Quite where these stories come from is anyone’s guess but just like the ‘Carroll for Chelsea’ nonsense this too is a load of old pony.

We were told from a senior  Hammers source this morning it again simply isn’t true as he laughed: hat? Absolutely no way.”.

If anyone can really imagine David Gold and David Sullivan taking a £8.5 million hit on such a player six months after buying him they are living in  different world to most Hammers supporters.

This won’t happens.



Fans patience reaches breaking point

Hammers fans have seriously had enough of Andy Carroll!.
Once again after just two goals and limited appearances this season, the striker may well be heading back to the operating table after a scan picked up a problem in his ankle.
It has stretched patience to breaking point and beyond among Irons and here’s a random selection of comments from mmbers of the the ClaretandHugh Facebook Group.
O Get him fit for the Summer then get rid.
O  Normal service then!
O As if the health service have got enough to deal with, the old china doll comes hobbling back.God almighty.
O Looks like he’s hewn from girders but he breaks like glass
O If he was a horse he’d have been put down by now…
O Just as there is a sniff we can get our money back…another injury. You just could not make it up!!
O Can’t even sell him this window 
O What a sorry excuse of a professional footballer! Do the honourable thing and retire!!!

Allardyce eyes Irons defender

cresswellCandHSam Allardyce is casting eyes in the direction of Aaron Cresswell and may make a cheeky bid for the left back although he’s unlikely to be successful until the summer window.

Cresswell was brought to West Ham by the club’s former boss who has a problem at the position.

Allardyce signed Liverpool born Cresswell who has gone on to make over 150 appearances for the Hammers since 2014.

The Daily Mail claims the 28-year-old could be tempted to return to his home town despite him being a lifelong Liverpool supporter.

The Hammers may be ready to listen to offers in the summer with many believing the player has not been able to catch the form of recent seasons although he has performed decently in the new 3/5 at the back system set up by David Moyes since his arrival.


Moyes calling tune over Sullivan

MoyesnoteDavid Moyes has made it clear again that he wants to “buy British” David Sulivan’s punts on South Americans and the like should become a thing of the past.

The Hammers boss has made it clear previously that he would far sooner bring in proven PL Brits in the current window and the foreign excursions now appear to be a thing of the past.

Speaking ahead of the Bournemouth game he said: “Somewhere along the line you have to say, ‘No, stop – we are not doing that, we are following the path we want to go on’.

He added:  “I want to bring in good players but I would also like to have a little bit of a model.

“Somewhere along the line you have to say ‘no, stop – we are not doing that, we are following the path we want to go on’.

“I’m the one that makes the decisions.

“You have got to look towards the future and I want to be positive but I am mindful that the trapdoor is not too far away.


Moyes determination to bring in more home grown players again acts as a reminder against much of the gossip generated in the foreign press of his interest in European stars.