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Same old West Ham

After 105 days without West Ham football and therefore no defeat for three months it was inevitable our restart would not start the way we would have hoped. That is, of course, the West Ham way and it started early with the team news that Seb Haller and Angelo Ogbonna were out injured despite 3 months of not playing.

During the game West Ham lacked any real intensity yesterday, it looked like a pre-season friendly game except Wolves looked twenty per cent fitter and had 5 yards more pace than us.

We did well to make it to half time without conceding but as the game went on Wolves grew stronger in confidence and the outcome looked more predictable.

One man changed the fortunes of the game and that was Adama Traoré, Wolves could afford to rest him for the first 64  minutes before bringing him on as a super-sub to such devasting effect.

When David Moyes rejoined West Ham he said winning is “what he does” but after yesterday’s loss he moves dangerously close to Avram Grant’s poor record.

Former West Ham manager Grant managed to last 47 games for the Hammers winning 15 games drawing 12 and losing 20.

David Moyes has now managed 44 games for West Ham, winning 12, drawing 12 and losing 20, he needs three straight wins against Spurs, Chelsea and Newcastle to equal grant. 

Not that it is all down to the manager, players need to put a proper shift in to ensure the Hammers survival and many weren’t playing with enough determination and passion required in a relegation dog fight.  Felipe Anderson disappointed again in a game where he could have proved the doubters wrong.

Wolves overrun the whole West Ham midfield and we never looked like scoring. The only player of note was Declan Rice who was forced to drop back to the centre back role.

He was the one player who appeared to be playing for the badge and understood what is required of him despite being linked with a move away to Chelsea this summer.

Let’s hope this defeat is a shock to the system and a different West Ham turn up against Spurs next Tuesday in our cup final.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

14 comments on “Same old West Ham

  1. Who bought. Anderson. Yarmlenko wishire haller. Roberto. Balbuena ? Who sold all the strikers? Who bought Sanchez and sold obiang .ferndes .and hernandez? Pellegrini is responsible for wrecking the club not moyes

  2. We also need a manager who has some idea of tactics. The way we played Moyes had already decided we couldn’t beat Wolves and it showed in the team performance.We are in a relegation battle for christ’s sake. We won’t win anything being that negative.

    • Why are we playing players who don’t want to be at the club, we have hungry youngsters, who are going to be our backbone, where was Holland etc,
      Moyes states he wants a young team, maybe we need a young hungry manager to go with it, and a chairman who wants the club to actually go somewhere, if we are relegated or stay up by the skin of our teeth, our club needs a complete overhaul starting at the top, and if the youngsters want a chance a first team football, they should show some loyalty and be made to sign some sort of commitment agreement and not just use the club for there own gain

  3. Same old west ham in which we we don’t have the desire and commitment that other teams show.
    I have always tried to defend anderson when other people have said he is a “luxury”player but even i can now see that although he has all the skills and qualities most of the time he looks if he cannot be bothered and there are too many players like that who put on the west ham shirt imo.

  4. Losing to Wolves was no surprise really . Don’t think many of us expected a win . I thought we might just hang on for a draw but ended up worrying about Bournemouth .

  5. I think you will find Jeremy that neither manager bought any of them . It is the clown in the board room and the director of football who were responsible . A gutles shambles lacking leadership throughout the club especially on the field . Give the armband to Rice or Soucek?? as Noble is struggling to run let alone lead . COYI

    • Xxxx you really don’t have an idea doo you !! . Noble was a big player in that match .
      How old are you ,, exactly ?
      Or do you just go along with the sheep with no clear cut opinion of your own ??

      • Kevin , everyone can see nobles legs have gone . He’s not good enough in there anymore . He makes a few good passes but can’t keep up with the pace of the game . It’s just age catching up with him.

  6. I hope they are all looking forward to life in the championship because once they are there the way that they played yesterday they will never get back out .l would rather watch my local junior school side play at lease they show some pride and passion

    • Well then just stop pretending to Supporting West Ham United and go away …. we don’t need you .

      • Oh dear Kevin … seems it might be you that hasn’t got a clue . Noble was so far off the pace it was embarrassing. Think you may have had too much sun or, God forbid , alcohol ,during the break cos something has affected your judgement .

  7. West Ham were very poor yesterday . Motes is not am adventurous manager but it was clear since last August that many players came for the mioey only . Noble no longer has the legs so dropping rIce to defence gave Wolves the run of Midfield Anderson should never have started as a forward as it is not his position. Moyes is responsible for that. However , Pellegrini is responsible for much of this . He did next to nothing to bring younger payers through and wanted to buy so called star players who have not been performing since august. Gold and Sullivan left it far too late to change the manager because they didnt want to pay off Pellegrini. So , If the team are relegated , it is the culmination of a comedy of errors and passing the buck The team would be better served by starting with two recognised strikers whoever they are.

  8. People blaming Pellegrini for buying ‘these’ players need to look at other teams with players we would shirk at buying and see where they are; Sheffield United, Palace, Wolves Most players in any team have the ability to run, pass and shoot, have the desire to win matches and be successful. To say otherwise is nonsense.

    The manager decides the tactics, the formation, who plays, how each player should fair against the opposition, is responsible for injecting confidence and belief in his system and choices. We set up yesterday in a 4-2-3-1, reminiscent of Pellegrini. We all know that system is antiquated in today’s game, especially against opponents like Wolves and especially against their 3-at-the-back. It’s too ponderous and doesn’t allow the width needed to drag their centre backs out wide or keep their wing backs pinned back. I know bugger all about systems and tactics and even i can see that system will never work against a team like Wolves.

    As Hugh says in another post, it’s not time to raise the white flag yet but something has to change in our remaining 8 games or we could well be even deeper in the mire. If Villa or Bournemouth go on a crazy run, much like teams have in the past at this stage of the season, we’re doomed, because i can’t see it being us who are likely to put a few wins on the spin together, not after yesterday’s negative and lacklustre showing.

    Was a Pellegrini supporter and hold my hands up as being wrong about him but he bought some good players who just haven’t been used, coached, cajoled or instructed properly in my opinion and that was down to only one man yesterday

  9. Knowing Cresswell would be done for pace by Traore and the crosses that would come raining in, Moyes must have considered switching to a back three and bringing on Balbuena?

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