DG: Two immense displays – not Payet and Lanzini


J CollinsDavid Gold selected two people for special praise after a performance at Palace which has every Hammer believing that there is not a team in the land that need worry our boys.

The co chairman watched thrilled as the team’s patient second half approach finally brought them their just reward and then described two performances as immense.

He declared: “Obviously Payet and ┬áLanzine were magnificent and took the headlines but for me the two who were immense were Slaven himself and James Collins.

“Slaven understands perfectly what this club is about, what we want and what the fans expect. He kept on attacking and attacking, throwing on players who could make it happen and the result was a 3-1 victory.

“It was great to see Andy Carroll play a part in Payet’s goal but it was at the back where I saw James – a fourth choice defender – produce an astonishing performance.

“If Palace had driven a double decker bus though the middle of the pitch he’d have headed it away. He truly was immense – to use the word again.”

Aware of the questions being asked about Manuel Lanzini he said: “There’s a deal in place and agreed with his parent club and we will make the decision towards or a the end of the season but he was quite brilliant today – I don’t remember him losing the ball.

“The manager is loving him as are the players, fans and everyone else – we have had a wonderful simmer in the market.

“And here we are sitting in fourth place and unbeaten in six games with four of them coming away from home. These are wonderful times for the club.”

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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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  • bubs says:

    Ginge never lets you down with effort but always makes 1 or 2 mistakes in a game,which is the difference between playing every week,
    The whole team were brilliant,the pen was no Pen Gayle should have been booked for jumping in the back of our defender,the foul on Payet could have been a straight red also,
    But that’s 3 great points now we need a great home display against Chelski.

    • sactownhammer says:

      Spot on. Slav will have some decisions when Song, Ogbonna and Valencia fully fit. Great problem to have.

    • Roman says:

      Ginge’s “airy” almost cost us early on.I don’t feel comfortable when he plays.100% effort doesn’t alway equate to a great game.

  • RayStewartsRightPeg says:

    See papers linking him, Joey O’Brien and Carlton Cole with a move to the Mackems this morning. I’d love Gine to stay…but given he might fancy making the Euros next summer I’d understand him moving on in Jan for more regular football.

    • The Demon says:

      Ray – what’s going to be best for him with regards to his place for Wales in the Euros – some good games for a top half West Ham side playing brilliant football, or a run of defeats in a crap Sunderland side playing prehistoric football under Fat Bloke? Chris Coleman’s no fool – he’ll pick the guy playing [even only occasionally] for the stylish team, not the Jurassic option. Managers talk between themselves – and Slav’s opinion on a classy dependable bench regular will carry much more credibility than Hippo’s first choice hoofer.

  • WestGoaHam says:

    “We have had a wonderful simmer in the market”. Mate we’re boiling, we’re on fire!

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