It was incredibly cold yesterday but I managed to take the gloves off for long enough to get the camera out and record my day.
I love Saturday 3pm kick-offs but they seem few and far between these days so it was good to get down to the London Stadium nice and early for a few drinks on the boats. Joined by Mike from ‘Mike on Monday’ and our friend Tony we entered the stadium not really knowing what to expect. In terms of entertainment at least it’s been a mixed bag from David Moyes and it felt as if we were as likely to see an Arnautovic hat-trick as we were a dour 0-0.
What we got was something in between and I was quite pleasantly surprised with how frequently we attacked during the first 30 minutes of the game. As any good pessimistic West Ham fan will understand I started to become concerned when we didn’t take our chances, we were playing well but the game looked all set-up for Junior Stanislas to come off the bench and win the game.
As you’ll already be aware we scored almost immediately after Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth did but we were certainly clinging on at the end although I do think that we shaded the contest slightly. What I did find concerning was how quickly our attacking game diminished as soon as Lanzini left the pitch. We desperately need somebody else who can pass, dribble and help link the attack and help provide a bit of end product.
It’s beyond doubt that David Moyes has the team well organised which is why I’d like to see us bring in an attacking midfielder rather than the defensive players that we’ve been linked with recently. I’ve read Hugh’s article regarding Samir Nasri below and whilst he’s not a player that I like personally he is exactly the type of player we need and in the position we need it.