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Amazing…amazing – what a time to be a Hammer


Mark Lawrenson (30 Aug 2015)
“West Ham are going to finish down towards the bottom of the league, theyโ€™re not a particularly good team.”

This was brought to my attention by ClaretandHugh Facebook member James Milne and we are very happy to reprint it here for all of you and Mr Lawrenson

bilicsmilesMatch verdict

Irons 2 Liverpool 0

That truly was a performance to die for – outstanding in every area of the pitch – from a set of players who wanted it as badly as any Irons team I can recall …and perhaps even more.

From Adrian right through to Carroll were were immense. I can’t find the words to express how awesome West Ham United were, are and will become. That was extraordinary.

It’s as impossible to name a man of the match and I’m afraid James Collins, Michail Antonio and Mark Noble will have to share it on this occasion – and even that doesn’t sound fair.

On top of all that was the return of Dimi Payet in the second half which saw him skipping round defenders, releasing Cresswell to cross for what should have been Andy Carroll’s second goal of the game and setting up Cheik Kouyate for a late shot which was saved by Mingolet.

payetarmsoutAntonio was non stop power, pace and purpose and his thumping header from a beautiful Enner Valencia cross to send us in leading 1-0 on the break. The boy was incredible all afternoon, chasing down everything and surely making a Victor Moses League return impossible right now.

Carroll tied things up after the break with a crashing header from another amazing cross – this time from Mark Noble and for all their possession Liverpool were out of the game – put there by a Hammers team who had nothing but good things to offer all afternoon.

Other Special mentions: James Collins gave Benteke nothing – shutting the Belgian out from the start.

Manu Lanzini was amazing until leaving the pitch with an injury we are told amounts to no more than a sore tendon

Andy Carroll scared the living daylights out of a dodgy defence

Mark Noble read the game brilliantly throughout and used the ball well

Dimi Payet was quite thrilling and there’s so much more to come

There’s a feel and a mood about this team when its playing to max. You just know we won’t be beaten and that it is only a matter of time before we score.

Losing is a feeling which left the building a long time ago.

What times to be a Hammer – thanks Slav, thanks lads, thanks Davids. I’m in a kind of dreamland.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • IronHammer says:

    Complete performance from the Team. Tomka cleared Ginge’s rare mistake and helped him to the MOM! Lanzini.. what a strike! Hope he’ll be ok! Antonio was unstoppable, just like Andy! Also the refereeing was good. Best home performance for me so far! COYI!

  • Dicksyland says:

    Amen, amen, amen ๐Ÿ™‚

  • exsoulie says:

    We have injured players returning, are unbeaten in seven, go up to fifth and complete first flawless league double over liverpool whilest playing the west ham way,its quite simply hammer heaven.

  • slaven a laugh says:

    Sweet dream are made of this. Happy new year.

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  • slaven a laugh says:

    Sweet dreams are made of this. Happy new year. Ha ha ha.

  • oldgit says:

    We’re on the same number of points that we had at this time last year with Fat Sam. I want far more points in the second half of the season than fatty managed. …and if you’re still around Santa…. fatty to be relegated would be appreciated.

    • IronHammer says:

      I don’t like some stuff BFS did say about us, but still we all have to admit he did OK for the Club while in charge. I think it’s time to leave all behind and move on.

      • oldgit says:

        What he said after he left is the only reason that I want him to suffer relegation. He needs taken down a peg. I was all for him when he was appointed and I think he saved us as a club because we were rotten throughout.

        • IronHammer says:

          You certainly have a point, but sometimes media needs that kind of “war” between former managers and clubs. I think what he actually DID for the club counts and the rest is just a game of words.

  • essexclarets says:

    Never wanted Klopp here anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ lol

  • bubs says:

    No presents for Xmas oldgit or did Mrs Old run off with Santa
    Smile enjoy we are hammers we know this can’t last for ever ( or could it )
    Great write Hugh what a start to 2016
    Can’t stop winning money on these odds they keep giving against us

  • mooro66uk says:

    oops Mr Lawrenson P##ck wrong again .

  • Michael Miller says:

    Great win – Antonio and Carroll were a handful for a poor Liverpool defence – in fact this was one of the worst Liverpool teams I’ve ever seen.

    This shouldn’t take away from West Ham’s performance – you can only beat what’s in front of you!

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