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Pundit’s change of heart rewards two Irons

Alan Shearer has been responsible for a couple of devastating attacks on the Hammers during his Match of the Day gigs this season.

But the team – and a couple of performances in particular – forced him into a change of heart this week following the victory over Everton.

In fact it saw him include Arnie and Yarmo in his team of the week so impressed was he with a performance of desire, courage and skill in the face of a dreadful four game start.

Shearer said: “It was a real centre-forward’s performance [from Arnautovic]. He scored a very good goal and provided an assist when his team needed it most. Led the line with such authority.”

In naming his team of the week, Shearer reminded readers that he tipped Yarmolenko as one to watch at the start of the season and was surprised that he hadn’t started until now.

Alan Shearer’s Team of the Week: David de Gea (Manchester United), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United), James Milner (Liverpool), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ryan Fraser (AFC Bournemouth), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United)

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Major decision could rest on next three games for Iron

Declan Rice could start to cement his international future – and probably with England – if he can perform against Chelsea as he did at Everton last weekend.

The 19 year old was deeply impressive against the Toffees and looks certain to be involved on Sunday against the team that rejected him as a kid.

The result was that he came to West Ham and the rest looks like becoming some great history for a player who soon needs to decide whether he will choose Ireland or England as his international team.

With Gareth Southgate wanting to see him in first team action before being tempted to pull him into the England squad this is a critical period for the player.

With an international break in October and a series of first team games before him the feeling is that inclusion in the Hammers team will see him opting for England.

Top displays against Chelsea, Man United and Brighton could be three of the most important games the teenager will play,

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Snoddy calls for a players/fans stadium bond

Robert Snodgrass hopes the fans who were doubting the Hammers after the awdful start have found some reassurance after the fine win at Everton.

And he insists: ““We are a very good team and when you get the confidence from winning away from home, you need to take it back to your home stadium and win there too.”

And with the issues that have surrounded the London Stadium there may be a problem at home and although Snoddy doesn’t say exactly that he added: “It’s up to us and the fans to get that bond between us in that stadium and that starts with winning football matches.”

“When you’re working hard and going forward and doing all the right things and giving everything for those fans, they’ll back you and support you because they’re as honest as the day is long and they’re there in their numbers.

“There are plenty of times, like the win over Tottenham in my first season at the club [in May 2017], when the atmosphere in that stadium has been unbelievable. We beat them on a Friday night and the place was electric.

The Scot insists there should be no fear of Chelsea this weekend adding: “The most important thing for us was to get that win on Sunday and give ourselves confidence to go into these games believing we can beat Chelsea and believing we can beat the best teams.

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Settled Pellegrini has easy Sunday job

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini s unlikely to change a thing as he prepares for a key match against Chelsea on Sunday.

And that would be the first time since the season started that he has been able to name an unchanged side after arriving at a starting X1 and formation which looks set to bear fruit.

Marko Arnautovic now making progress and likely to recover from pain behind his knee.

The front man was told to rest up and we are told he is already feeling more comfortable and seems 70 per cent certain to make the game and continue what looks like the start of a fine partnership with Yarmo.

The defensive cover provided by Rice, Noble and Obiang was key to success at Goodison Park but the lads  are bound to be more seriously tested by the Blues on Sunday.

It would be a surprise were Zaba not to keep his place at right back with the developing relationship between Balbuena and Diop looking more solid with each passing game.

Pedro Obiang was inspired on Sunday with the stats from Whoscored showing he made 36 passes at a success rate of 80.6 per cent.

The confidence shot came at just the right time for the Hammers as they head into the Sunday game where the visitors arrive unbeaten in the League and with 14 goals scored in five games,

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Fighting Yarmo gives fans assurance

ive long in the memory of those who witnessed it at the game on TV and inside Goodison Park.

He even found himself being compared with Gareth Bale in an element of his game which brought the sensational strike.

But for him the result at Everton and his part in it was all about the team nd that after a lot of criticism about a lethargic attitude, the team really stepped up and showed what they are about.

He said: “We played well at Everton. We played like a team, both in defence and attack, and we are very happy for our first win in the Premier League.

“I’m very happy for my team winning. Who scores the goals, I don’t care.

“We worked hard because we had to change around the results and we had to show our fans that we will fight for this Club.”

 

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Hundreds of tickets remain for unsold for Chelsea

This weekend I am off to Prague for a fellow West Ham season ticket holder’s stag week so will miss the West Ham v Chelsea derby, after the recent news that up to 12,500 season ticket holders are missing from each West Ham game played at the London Stadium I decided to re-list my West stand ticket in section 113 early on Ticket exchange.

As soon as the option became available last Thursday I listed my seat for Sunday’s game. The club re-listed my seat for £67 including booking and the automated email told me I would receive £37.72 in return if it sold.

The club encouraged season ticket holders to list early saying that most tickets re-listed early sell however six days later my ticket is still for sale with no takers. I am not alone and there are hundreds of tickets available in almost every section of the London Stadium for this game.

Is it the price being charged by the club? Is it because the game is LIVE on TV? or has the novelty value of the London Stadium worn off for many casual supporters?

If we can’t sell out tickets on tickets for West Ham v Chelsea on the weekend on ticket exchange, what hope is there for Huddersfield on a midweek night?

My ticket in section 113 row 19 is still available for anyone who wants it 😉  https://www.eticketing.co.uk/whufc/

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West Ham sell out all 12,675 away tickets

Brighton away has sold out the initial 90% of 3,000 allocation this week with the ballot for the remaining 10% heavily oversubscribed.

The 90% allocation quickly sold out in hours on Monday to Season Ticket Holders with 13 or more Priority points meaning a sixth away sell out in a row.

West Ham have sold out every one of their 12,675 away tickets allocated to them this season.

Liverpool Away Allocation: 3,000  90% sold out to Season ticket holders with 10 priority points or more. 10% ballot oversubscribed.

Arsenal Away Allocation: 3,000  90% sold out to Season ticket holders with 14 priority points or more. 10% ballot oversubscribed.

AFC Wimbledon Away Allocation: 675  After Bondholders there was a ballot for Away Season ticket holders. Oversubscribed.

Everton Away Allocation: 3,000  90% sold out to Season ticket holders with 5 priority points or more. 10% ballot oversubscribed.

Brighton Away Allocation: 3,000  90% sold out to Season ticket holders with 13 priority points or more. 10% ballot oversubscribed.

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West Ham Podcast: West Ham beat Toffees

The Moore Than Just A Podcast team is back from the International break to review Manuel Pellegrini’s first Premier League win for West Ham.

In episode six of the new season listen to Claret and Hugh Associate editor Sean Whetstone with fellow presenters Nigel Kahn, John and George Bucci review the Everton away win.

We have lots of questions from listeners and share our hopes and predictions for the Chelsea game at the London Stadium this Sunday www.moorethanjustapodcast.co.uk

The podcast was recorded on Monday evening.

Available on all popular platforms to listen online or download including Acast, TunedIn, Player.FM and ITunes

Join the discussion on the MTJAP Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/moorethanjustapodcast/

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West Ham face Bristol Rovers in trophy clash

West Ham U23’s take on Bristol Rovers tonight in the Checkatrade Trophy. The invited clubs (which are Academy sides of 16 Category One academy clubs) are all U21 sides. However, teams are permitted to field five players in the starting XI who are over the age of U21, although only two of those five are permitted to be over-21 players who have played more than 40 senior matches.

The West Ham XI  is captained by Hammer Reece Oxford and includes the inform new recruit Xande Silva who will hope to add to his five goals in the Development squad.

Silva will be hoping to impress Manuel Pellegrini as he pushes for an early chance to move up to first-team squad this season.

The game kicked off at 7.45pm at the memorial stadium and remains 0-0 42 minutes into the first half.

LIVE text updates from WHUFC at:

https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2018/september/18-september/live-bristol-rovers-v-west-ham-u21

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Noble backs claret and blue army on Sunday

It’s Chelsea time and Mark Noble is happy about it and ready to help the team to continue their decent record against the Blues over the last couple of seasons.

The Hammers have beaten them twice in the league, once in the Cup, drawn at the Bridge and been beaten at home since the 2016/17, and 2017/18 seasons.

And with the confidence of a top 3-1 victory over Everton last Sunday the Hammers skipper reckons the crowd can help drive us to another victory.

Noble made a return from injury to play his part in that and is determined that Chelsea should feel the growing Hammers heat on Sunday.

He said: “Last week’s win gives everyone something to get excited about. We’re at home now and I’m hoping the crowd are going to be massively behind us on Sunday and we can get another result for them.”

He added: “Everyone played well and you need that. We haven’t played that badly in our other games, but it’s all about results and to get those three points on Sunday was fantastic for everyone.”