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It was “the Taj Mahal of stinkers”

It’s not often – if ever – we repeat precisely the words used elsewhere to sum up a Hammers performance.

But Mike Walters of the Mirror – a personal pal and friend of Cand H-  has nailed it  with his summary of the game against Swansea in today’s ‘paper.

Here’s how he saw it…anyone disagreeing?

Diafra Sakho had the last laugh after his last-minute winner turned the East end boos to cheers.

Until Sakho’s late intervention, this was the Taj Mahal of stinkers among monuments to tedium.

Last on Match of the Day is much too good for such pitiful dross.

There were two Ayew brothers, two Carrolls, a Fernandez and a Hernandez on the pitch, plus empty seats and restless natives. Everything except good football.

You can include West Ham striker Javier Hernandez among the malcontents after he was hooked, in favour of Sakho, 12 minutes from time – a decision greeted with mutiny in the bubble-blowing legions.

Chicharito sat in the dugout, muttering sweet nothings and shaking his head – but manager Slaven Bilic’s big call proved spot-on.

Poor old Swansea. They had never kept a clean sheet in 31 visits to West Ham, conceding 74 goals in the process, and they were on course for a second consecutive shut-out in an iconic London venue until Sakho met fellow sub Arthur Masuaku’s cross with a firm volley at the far post.

But West Ham made desperately hard work of it. They were absolutely dreadful for 45 minutes and any improvement after the break was marginal.”

Truly hard to disagree with any of that!


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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

6 comments on “It was “the Taj Mahal of stinkers”

  1. Bilic proves he’s a tactical genius!!

    • I must say it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth to hear Bilic claim tactical astuteness when he was just correcting the mistakes he caused in the first place! It is remarkable it took him 78 minutes to get Sakho and Masuaku on the pitch. How on earth did Carroll play the full 90?! He was rubbish from start to finish.

      Worst decision of the day, though, goes to whoever nominated Carroll as man of the match. Next to that, slav looks like a savant.

      • ‘How on earth did Carroll play the full 90?! He was rubbish from start to finish’

        …so was Ayew (and Hernadez) to be fair – and Cresswell for that matter – and Antonio didn’t look fully fit – or Noble!

        As for Man of the Match – that’s the Sponsors choice and they’re normally three parts to the wind – and no nothing about football!

  2. Whilst Hernandez wasn’t having a great game I thnk the booing was more about Carroll staying on. Carroll was at times playing in midfield and a few times found himself on the wing. Our current system is a mess.

    • Yeah, at times not sure if he was out of position from Bilic’s instructions or if he is just so slow and lazy that he can’t keep up with play. I go to all our home games and sometimes watch just him for a bit – its criminal he’s considered a professional athlete. He spends so much of the game standing still.

      If Bilic is choosing to play our target man as a winger he really hasn’t got a clue and shouldn’t be in charge of the team. If Carroll really is so slow and generally so poor then he shouldn’t be in the team.

      Sadly, I think it’s both.

      • I wonder if he’s actually fully fit!
        Is he being played solely because Slav/SuGo know the fans have had enough of his apparent tardiness with regard to getting and keeping fit after injury and so play him at all costs, or possibly to keep him in the shop window come the January sales?
        Probably neither, but just a thought.

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