Irons at 75pc capacity but plenty good enough

West Ham 2 Leicester City 0

SDOWNINGOk bring on Chelsea and Arsenal and let’s show the rest of English football that we are as good a team as we know we are.

A very well taken Andy Carroll goal midway through the first half  and a quite magnificent second from Stewart Downing sealed the points when we were really never at more than 75 per cent of capacity.

Carroll should have scored a couple of minutes before the opener but skied his effort from close in after being set up by Downing.

Leicester had their moments and Adrian had to be in his very best form to keep out shots from Mahrez in the first half  before pulling off a couple of wondrous saves near the end from Nugent and Ulloa.

However, by then the game was dead and buried after a seriously poor back bass from Paul Koncehskyhad fallen to Carroll in the 24th minute which saw the big fella stride on to bury a great effort.

Carroll fist upStewart Downing curled home a magnificent effort from 22 yards after Sakho had provided the knockdown early in the second half as the Foxes subsequently collapsed to their 12th game without a win.

With Alex Song patrolling midfield, Sakho and Carroll in dominant form and Downing playing his usual highly influential role, things were never likely to slip.

James Tomkins had a couple of hairy moments when losing possession in dangerous areas and came off after 69 minutes with an injury to be replaced by James Collins.

So on we go and although Chelsea is as tough as it gets next weekend we are tremendous heart and all things are now possible.




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2 comments on “Irons at 75pc capacity but plenty good enough

  1. Although nobody is more pleased that we continue to win ugly and keep grinding out the results without being at our best, I can’t help but be a little worried.

    Although it is a good sign that we can rack up the points while not playing well but sooner or later I can’t help feeling we will come unstuck and it will come back to haunt us!

    Which is why we could be in big trouble against chelski and the arse! Unless we raise our game we could be on the end of a double drubbing which could have not only huge ramifications for team morale but for the rest of our season.

    It would be a disaster if one or possible two poor performances ruin all our good work thus far.
    So I’m expecting a much improved performance over the next couple of games that show the real West Ham to the prem and the world! COYI!

  2. I am concerned as well. Yes AC scored but by constantly playing balls up to him, we are going back overto the pump it up days thereby negating Sakho who is now looking out of it as is Valencia when he comes on. Unfortunately Sam only looks at who will pair up with Carroll not instead of. We are a better, more successful side this year with Valencia and Sakho leading the line and playing on the deck.yes Andy has his place but more as an impact sub. We should surprise Chelsea and play them and hopefully Noble if fit instead of Nolan who is a couple of yards short for the PL now. Can BFS see beyond Carroll & Nolan – I doubt it!

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