Two games to go – oh God please make it end!


neneBeating Burnley 1-0 at home and losing to Villa away by the same scoreline shows us all where we are!

Despite the League position of tenth we are no better than a relegation side at the moment and as miserable week follows miserable week, nobody seems to have a clue how to make it better.

Two more games – oh God please make it end!

The goal that won it was of the quality we would all love to see West Ham produce – sadly we never even hinted that we were capable of such stuff.

Jack Grealish  created it when the 19-year-old burst past Stewart Downing to flash as cross from the dead ball line Cleverley to prod into the empty net. It had been coming.

Earlier Bacuna fired a free kick narrowly over Adrian’s crossbar;  Okore teed up Charles N’Zgobia, whose shot was blocked by Nolan and Delph picked out Cleverley  whose volley was palmed away by Adrian.

Sam Allardyce finally decided to give Nene some real time  introducing him at the start of the second period and immediately there was more impact.

He crashed a shot over Shay Given’s crossbar before a Collins header was turned over the top by the Villa keeper.

Nene was busy throughout the second period  but there was no cutting edge to these Hammers and the inevitable introduction of Carlton Cole did nothing to change that.

In fact it was the hosts who almost extended their lead when  Ashley Westwood’s effort went wide and Gabriel Agbonlahor screwed his effort wide.

It was poor but if any of us are entirely honest I don’t believe we expected anything else. Villa wanted it more; Tim Sherwood prowling the dug out area demonstrated that,  as for the most part Sam Allardyce sat snugly in his seat.

A change of manager at Villa Park has shown what can happen at a club – how quickly things have turned around for the other team  in claret and blue. Yes I am making a big point!

They are now all but safe and just four places behind us on 38 points. It tells me everything I want to know.

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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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  • mattefumi el loco says:

    Poor Sam, it’s not his fault, he tried to respect the point, but he can’t be expected to guarantee his usual show every week…
    His starting line-up was the best possible: little Kev in, Nene and Song on the bench… he had some bad luck, that’s all: no red cards for Aston Villa, no penalty kicks for us, it’s not fair…
    Sam wasn’t so lucky either on stats… First half: shots on and off target: 0. In the second half with Nene and Song (and little Kev out) West Ham played slightly better, but it’s just a coincidence …
    The hungry lion ate the baby deer… I feel bad for our great manager, he deserves respect, I hope he’ll get better soon.
    Davids he deserves credit and support, please give him a new contract asap, before Manchester United grab him; we need the stability he can guarantee until we move to the OS.

    Thank you, a true fan of Sam.


  • Chickenrunner says:

    Get the fool out of the club.People on other sites might think their high & mighty calling us anti-sam or an anti-sam site but quite frankly this one dimensional tactical dinosaur is doing everything we expect of him,nothing!! New two year contract is deserved? Dream on sam lovers!!

  • Robbie says:

    You know what… can`t even be bothered to comment anymore… enough is enough!

  • Stuck On 99 Forever! says:

    Get out of our club Allardyce,youre turning us into a joke!!!!!!

  • StingRay Stewart says:

    Pls just get rid of him Davids,he is making us a joke both on & off the pitch.Is this what the most flexible,sophisticated manager in the league gives us?what a foolish man he is,he talks rubbish,his teams play rubbish.Get him out of this club i love!

  • Robbie says:

    My comment on an earlier website, just incase you missed it… SA has never won anything… and never will! with his (Mundane, humdrum, dull, boring, tedious, monotonous, tiresome, wearisome, prosaic, unexciting, uninteresting, uneventful, unvarying, unvaried, unremarkable, repetitive, repetitious, routine, ordinary.) football!

  • Stuck On 99 Forever! says:

    16 points from 57 (19 games,half a season),is it just me or is that relegation form.Im not sure because i read people still saying give Sam a new two year contract.Im starting to wonder what it takes anymore for people to not consider this form either sackable(wont happen now) or not worth even considering to be worthy of a new contract.Maybe they understand what constitutes acceptable results to earn a new contract now better than me or i guess they could just be idiots.

  • Twinkle Toes Nolan says:

    Things must be getting serious,Hippohead is even getting ripped to shreads on Wetpants now.Have they seen the light? 😉

  • darkhorse99 says:

    Sam has to go. His mind set is to send a team out to keep a clean sheet and score on the break, which is fine when the team is fighting relegation. Some time ago we had a player called Boa- Morte who absolutely did zilch yet he played game after game and now we have Cole. The manager has to take the blame and I think he already knows his time is up and maybe he picks Nolan and Cole through loyalty

  • bubs says:

    Why were Villa allowed to play a 19 year old that’s 4 years early,
    Nene great you can be sub next week you earned it,
    Nolan you were unlucky you can play next week and be captain and take a penalty if we get one,
    Come on wetpants.com we need to get shot of our anger,( shot that’s the thing we could not manage in the first half )

  • rugbyirons says:

    For the first time I walked away from a game without the defeat gutting me because frankly I expected it.who didn’t?

  • Lads forget wetpants – we’ve won that war. We always knew we would. Allardyce just order the cab. I’s over

  • bubs says:

    Hugh not til the end of the season,why have loyal fans got to wait 2 more games its cruelty
    Give Teddy the last 2 games he can’t do any worse,
    We have hit rock bottom and he has the nerve in the last 2 weeks to tell Howe and Carver what to do,

    • Bubs. Shearing ham has no badges . Only allardyce and McDonald have which is why the git is still here. Steve Potts is on a course for them but hasn’t got them yet. Teddy couldn’t run a bath anyway

  • Rads says:

    I know i will get shot to bits by some loyalist of Nolans but he is shot away totally.I know we joke abnout playing with 10 men when he is in the team but today in the first half it wasnt far off fact not fiction.He was huffing & puffing like he is on 60 snouts a day.Honestly,Hippohead has taken loyalty & favouritism too far.Allardyce aint far off of ripping the punters off everytime he picks Nolan.He did well for us for three years but now it is embarressing to watch him.Sad really & is only Allardyces fault for picking him,thats not even in question.Whats the lad ment to do but go on the pitch if he is picked.I cant see him saying dont pick me dad.Not when he wants his elusive 100th.

  • mattefumi el loco says:

    Sorry Hugh??? I’m drinking with some friends in a pub, I’ve just read your post “we’ve won that war, sam just order the cab, it’s over”… What does it mean?! Is he out?? Is he finally out??? Champagne for everyone!!! (except for wetpants) lol

  • Rads says:

    Haha,wish it was true Matte,but two matches to go of the genius.Maybe we can hire a big game hunter for next saturday,tell them there is a hippo loose in east london that needs to be taken out 😀

  • No. Wet pants mate. They don’t come here now cos they know we are right. We won

  • mattefumi el loco says:

    Ahahah… Ok rads I’ve just said it to them… They are laughing… Lol each of them knows c&h and the hippohead’s story… 😉


  • HamburgHammer says:

    Hugh, it’s not really about winning though against other West Ham blogs, is it ? As ultimately we want the same thing, a successful and entertaining West Ham team and club. I never warmed to Allardyce from the beginning, so I can sympathise a lot with most of what you say.
    But at the end of the day we should not try scoring points against fellow fans or rolling out the old “I told you so”. It doesn’t help.
    Hopefully we will soon have a new manager and can start being a more united fanbase again.

  • Rads says:

    Dont worry Hamburg,i think Hugh is only having a bit of fun 😉

  • Hamburg. Bit ta fun mate

  • HamburgHammer says:

    Fair enough then…

  • canchaz says:

    Just over 24hours ago I posted on the page about the pro’s and con’s of having Moyes for manager and I said I hoped it wasn’t all a waste of time and the whole thing doesn’t prove to be a ‘be careful what you wish for’ type of thing and all those praying for the season to end might find Sam, far from being out the door still sitting in his office

  • bubs says:

    can has what’s your point.i posted 24 hours ago that you say that every week,
    So yesterday’s result makes no difference to you you still want BFS instead of Moyes ?
    Or did you miss the game today and result

  • bubs says:

    HUGH I have a blue peter badge which must out rank anything BFS has got,could I not manager alongside Teddy,just what this country needs another alliance but I am not going a dark room with anyone Matte might have his stats cabinet in there,

  • bubs says:

    Matte good night ?

    • mattefumi starts counting down says:

      Hi bubs, nice night, no figas but some beers with my friends. 😉

  • bubs says:

    Rads how’s the Hippo ?

  • Tony gore says:

    If the players are as bad as he says they are drop them? Or you could say to yourself xxxx this lot ,I,m resigning! OH SWEET HEAVEN.,

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