“Poyet/Sakho show top class recruitment policy’


I was delighted to seem Diafra Sakho destroy my 26 year old record of a new Hammer scoring in his first three games. God, that makes me feel old!

Diafra has now scored in his last four and that record could stand for even longer than mine. Let me be the first to congratulate him.

He’s a real sparky character and one of my favourite Hammers for some time. Watching him you would think he’d been at the club a few years rather than a few weeks.

He was excellent again at Old Trafford yesterday and is already a huge terrace favourite – that’s gonna grow and grow.

I thought the team – with three regular first teamers missing – put in an outstanding performance and I would single out Diego Poyet for a special word of praise.

He was called up late and to be launched into a game like that really was a baptism by fire but he was outstanding and was entirely unfazed.

He looks a real prospect and shows the club’s recruitment policy this season has been absolute top class.

Morgan Amalfitano did very well and overall it was a performance which promised an awful lot for the future.

There’s real quality in this Irons side and I’m at the stage where I am looking forward to every game.

We look better and better with each outing but there was one big low point for me – the first goal by Rooney.

Everybody is giving it the big one and calling it a great goal but I think Winston Reid could have done a lot better.

He should have held his position better until hopefully players got in around him – he’s a good defender and I don’t like to knock but I think he has some responsibility for the goal.

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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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