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Relieved Danny Ings

Danny Ings is fouled by Gustavo Hamer at Sheffield United

Relieved Danny Ings will take plenty from the 2-2 draw at Sheffield United after several very difficult months at the Hammers.

He looked far better playing as a Number 10 to Jarrod Bowen rather than a one-up central striker and at last he had something to smile about.

The 31-year-old made his second successive start in all competitions and was involved in our two goals with his deflected effort falling to Maxwel Cornet’s  for the opener in the first half, before winning a penalty which James Ward-Prowse converted.

Ben Brereton Díaz grabbed a leveller for the Blades at the end of the first half, while Oli McBurnie made honours even with virtually the last kick of the game.

Ings was naturally delighted to have made a contribution after  months of problems and declared: “From a personal point of view I’m always disappointed to come off the pitch without a goal. It’s been a difficult period for me recently, and sometimes it just feels like things aren’t falling your way.

But it’s the first run of back-to-back games I’ve had for a while, and I felt really good physically. I always try to help the team as much as I can, so I’m pleased to have been able to make an impact, and once one goes in, I’m sure more will follow.

I’d much rather come away with all three points and not be involved in the game though, and we’re all gutted not to have got the win. Sometimes late drama like we’ve seen happens in the Premier League, and it’s up to us now to respond to that.”

Ings says he was expecting a tough battle  but feels West Ham were unfortunate to concede the penalty wich resulted in an equaliser,

He added: “If you see Alphonse’s [Areola] lip it looks as though it’s him that’s been clattered, rather than the Sheffield United player. It’s tricky to talk about those sorts of things, but I do feel like we’ve been a bit unfortunate not to come away with the win.

“We’ve just got to move on now and take what we can back to the training ground though. We’ve got a bit of a gap until our next game back at home, and we’ll all be ready to go again against Bournemouth.”



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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

One comment on “Relieved Danny Ings

  1. Managers and players not overtly expressing their displeasure at poor officiating infuriates me, and is no way to force change in that regard. It is cowardly and simply reinforces the ridiculous authoritarian mandate the PGMOL hide behind.

    How about all players and managers agree that they’ll start calling out poor decisions, in public, and demand explanations?

    Let’s consider what might happen.

    Initially, a few managers would get a fine. Others would speak up – always politely, articulately and with respect – and eventually the PGMOL would have to respond in a different way. Hopefully by asking “Okay then, for the good of the game, what do you want?”

    Managers & players will accept that officials are vital, and have a difficult job. They’ll also accept that, like them, they’ll make mistakes – they’re only human – but if the officials accept when it happens – perhaps even apologise – the tension would diffuse and the quality of officials would positively change.

    What annoys people, is their lack of accountability. They make a bad decison, then just hide away in their secret club. Why should they have that right?

    With sustained, collective pressure, they’d have to change their masked, unaccountable position to one of clarity and transparency. Work with players and clubs to learn, for the betterment of the game, rather than maintaining a baffling arrogance and untouchability.

    It takes a collective action to force the PGMOL to sit up and listen, and understand that they are only a part of the game, not the game itself.

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