Know all ‘fan’ disappeared without trace


By CandH’s Allen Cummings


I want to establish from the outset I’m no fan of either Lucas Perez or Pedro Obiang. The positive contribution from either of those two players to the team this season has been minimal to say the least.

But yesterday it has to be admitted they ‘swung’ the game for us with their combined efforts for our second goal, Obiang’s shot rebounding off the post for Perez to tap home.

They should have ‘won’ the game for us with a repeat double-act – the cute through ball from Obiang feeding Perez’s perfectly timed run to slot home our ‘third’. Wrongly ruled out of course by the incompetent assistant. We’d have been home and dry then, collecting all three points we deserved.

I’m not making a case for those two players to stay, far from it. But I am making a case for giving credit where it’s due. And that includes Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to introduce the pair as second half substitutes.

What particularly pleased me  yesterday was that the events were a huge slap in the face to a certain vocal critic behind me in the Bobby Moore Lower. I’m sure there are other similar ‘experts’ around the ground that members on here could identify with.

This ‘supporter’ and I use that word advisedly, hardly ever seems to have a good word to say about anyone – player or management. His criticism usually starts the minute a pass goes astray, there’s a tackle missed or a chance squandered. He knows all the technical terms – ‘push up’, ‘squeeze’, ‘touch tight’ – so clearly a student of the game (not).

This particular critic was in his element yesterday with the second half introductions of Perez, Obiang and Pellegrini who suffered without mercy.

As usual he was happy to share his thoughts with the rest of us – although he was strangely quiet when the second goal went in, and had actually disappeared before the final whistle.

No doubt to brush up on that coaching badge – or more likely to top-up at the bar.

About Hugh5outhon1895

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

8 comments on “Know all ‘fan’ disappeared without trace

  1. Wouldn’t be that ******** dom on west ham fan tv is it?

    • i know what you mean joe.
      After every game it’s let’s get a word with our “expert” dom.

      • He think he knows it all, you only have to.look at his twitter feed. Thinks he is bettet then the rest of us.

  2. I have to say I was saying the same things at time of substitutions, but did swallow my words and applaud the goal, if only they could play like that on a more consistent level.

  3. Same as John, not so much for the Perez sub as we had little choice, but I was anti the Obiang sub. They both played well. But too little too late for Obiang who has so much more in him.

    Occasionally he’ll look quality, like Everton away, but most of the time, he’s barely noticeable or noticeable for the wrong reasons.

  4. I’ve got a similar ‘expert’ in the Trevor Brooking’ upper (row 52) who, seconds before Noble sent over the cross for Antonio to score, “don’t give it to him, he’s **** and can’t cross”. There are too many idiots like him unfortunately at West Ham these days – note: I’ve been going since 1962 (we lost 6-1 at home to Spurs.

  5. I’d be interested to know what he said about the Noble substitution. That really was a bad call.

  6. Oh dear . One good through ball and one hopeful cross does not make a season . Noble offers no defensive cover or attacking weight as he is floundering around in cement in the centre circle . He would not get a game at any other Prem club . He is awful beyond words . He should have been replaced 3 seasons ago . We must also ditch Reid , Cresswell ,Lucas , Sanchez , Obiang , Wilshere ,Carroll, if we want to progress .

Comments are closed.