Nolan’s naive Irons fan analysis


Kevin-NolanCaptain Kevin Nolan may have helped let the cat out of the bag about his own and the manager’s current West Ham emotions.

After the 1-0 defeat against Spurs he gave his first interview of the season,  to the attitude of the Hammers fans.

And sadly he appeared to have got it all a bit off centre as he tried to explain the current mood among many of them.

It would also have been very easy to shrug any questions off rather than tread in such a sensitive area – not Mr Nolan!

“Oh” he declared ” this club is no different to any other – if you are losing they let you know and are not happy. If you win all is well.”

Given that the captain is as close as it gets with the manager we may be able to assume that he is reflecting Sam Allardyce’s view of things as well.

But I think it has to be said that if that’s the case, they have both got it wrong.

We saw the manager trying to be more offensive yesterday yesterday but apart from one chance near the end from Stewart Downing – set up to be fair by a clever Nolan back heel – there was still little invention and creativity.

And that is the whole problem. West Ham fans of a certain age are used to seeing exactly that and until the Hammers can find a creative spark the criticism will remain and grow,

Most of the ┬áteam’s attacking enterprise comes through the quick feet of Stewart Downing – isn’t it rather a straightforward conclusion that we now need that through the middle.

Let’s hope the player to provide it is Enner Valencia but for Nolan to suggest we are just a bunch of fans who are happy with a win and miserable with a loss is naive.

We know our football and we know what we want to see. That our new brand of “attacking football” failed to see us take advantage of a team with a man short for a long period helps to tell its own story.

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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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  • sparrow says:

    It wasn’t a case of “all is well” after we beat Hull last season. It just goes to show just how out of touch Nolan, and by implication Sam, are. Could it be that they are *deluded*?

  • jaybs says:

    The whole coaching bench looked completely flat yesterday, we never took advantage when they went a player down, that sum’s Sam up, he is not for changing, wonder if he, Nolan & Carroll care?

  • Michael Miller says:

    I didn’t see any extra attacking attitude – when he picked Cole, Vaz Te, O’Brien and Nolan it was going to be more of the same dross as last year. Cole and Vaz Te were particularly hopeless.

    The only bright spots were Cresswell, Kouyate and a cameo from Valencia!

    But the sooner BFS clears off the better – he’s like a huge anchor holding West Ham back!

  • philtheiron says:

    I think what he meant was it is a little bit easier if you play rubbish and win rather than playing terrible and loosing!
    At least there is something to be positive about then!

    We definitely missed a trick yesterday. Even if cole and Vaz had managed to find the back of the net,(a long shot I know!) there were still better options both on the bench and at the club.
    We further missed a trick by not bringing on another forward after they went down to ten men.
    A game we could and should have won easily! COYI!

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