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Competition down the wings

Matt Jarvis was a big signing for us last summer but this season he’s been up and down and kind of nowhere. With the signing of Downing, which a lot of fans weren’t happy with but I think he’s alright so far, considering he’s not got a striker to cross to and Joe Cole playing well when he’s fit, Jarvis hasn’t even been in the starting line-up that much. We signed him last year with so much promise of being amazing and now a lot of games he’s not…

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West Ham striker close to move

When asked of a player we would like to see leave West Ham, there can only be one player on the tip of everyone’s tongues, Modibo Maiga. Rumours have emerged over the past week that this player could be close to a move back to his former club, Sochaux. Last season, Maiga was a player that the fan’s welcomed to be brought on, scoring a handful of goals, when making an appearance. Most people will remember his goal …

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Why can’t West Ham get the balance right?

Why can’t West Ham get the balance right? It seems Sam Allardyce and his West Ham United squad are having trouble with the balancing act of attack and defence. Away from home, before the Norwich game, we had only conceded 1 goal, and that was from a penalty. We had also had problems scoring barring the freak result against Spurs. It seems that if West Ham don’t go for the win, we manage to shut up shop, and get a clean sheet and a point. But as soon …

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Why I feel this star is not too good for West Ham

A Response to “Is he too good for West Ham?” Over at foreverwestham.com they recently posited the idea that Ravel Morrison is “too good” for West Ham. That soon he will belong in the Champions League and playing for EPL titles. They even take great pains to point out that West Ham will not be competing on that level “any time soon.” There is another point that they are not making, but strongly …

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Big Sam’s Negativity is Preventing Progression

Big Sam’s Negativity Preventing Progression If you’ve ever read any of my opinion pieces for Moore Than A Club in the past you’ll know I’ve always been an admirer of Big Sam. The stability and defensive resoluteness his setup has brought the club has been too long absent from previous West Ham sides. However, football is changing and so must he. Whilst the 4-6-0 deployed for the Spurs game was hugely successful, …

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Leave Kevin Alone

All I’ve seen on Twitter and social media over the last couple of weeks is people blaming Kevin Nolan for West Ham’s run of bad form, and yes he’s not in his greatest form at the moment and he defiantly plays best when he has a target man to play off of which is actually when the whole team plays best. That’s the way we have worked for years play around a target man like Andy …

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Reid it and weep

Reid it and weep. It was only going to be a matter of time. We’ve been sussed out. Years after we West Ham fans worked it out, several so called bigger clubs have cottoned on to it too. And that is that Winston Reid is one hell of a good Centre Half. If we’re truthful to ourselves, we’ll admit it took us a while to unanimously agree on. A signing originally pitched to…

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Where do we go from here?

Where Do We Go From here? As you have all figured out by now I tend to be an optimist when it comes to West Ham United. It is pretty clear after this epic collapse in the second half today though that things need to change. The question is what do we do? Where do we go from here? It seems that there are two key questions going forward: what do…

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MATCH PREVIEW: Norwich v West Ham

Another 0-0, and it’s beginning to get get quite irritating now, when I tell my friends this they say, ‘at least you’re not conceding’, this makes it all the more annoying for me. If we’re not conceding then really, we’ve got to be winning. On wards to Norwich and I can see a similar game panning out. Should this happen we could become the first team to draw three Premier League games in a …

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Cole and Petric – what was the point?

Cole and Petric – what was the point? I recently tweeted that I was a fan of Big Sam Allardyce, and what he has done for our club, West Ham United. However, my only criticism of him so far has been the summer debacle surrounding the fact we didn’t sign a second striker while Andy Carroll was recovering from his heel injury. The week after the closure of the transfer window in August, saw us pick up former Fulham striker, Mladen Petric. Bearing in mind …

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Friend or Defoe?

Friend or Defoe? They say that the second album is always the trickiest. Sequels never live up to the original. That once you’ve gone, you should never go back . Try telling that to Julian Dicks. Or Tony Cottee. Both outstanding players who after brief forays at opposite sides of Stanley Park, came back to Upton Park and continued in the same rich veins of form as their earlier careers. However, players with such natural ability as Frank McAvennie and Joe Cole have disappointed…

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Does Big Sam really see Nolan as vital?

Nolan- Does Sam really see him as vital I don’t think that it comes as a shock to any West Ham fan that Kevin Nolan retains his place in the starting eleven week after week. Not because of his blistering form or ability which we would crumble without; but his relationship with Big Sam. Many of us would not be surprised to learn that the pair are related. The sad truth is…

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The change in Vaz Te

The change in Vaz Te Since West Ham United got promoted back to the Premier League, I have been a big critic of Ricardo Vaz Te and his laclustre performances. However, I’m also a big enough person to say that I have been impressed with his change in attitude since his return to the first team following his hissy fit on Transfer Deadline Week, whereby he handed in a transfer request. …

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West Ham’s cup draw nightmare

Capital One Cup Draw As I settled down to watch the quarter final draw for the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, I decided to myself that I was actually quite looking forward to the draw, as I’m sure many other West Ham fans were. After a brilliant win at Burnley, we found ourselves, for the first time really under Big Sam, in a draw for the latter stages of a cup competition. Despite only being the Capital …

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Ravel Morrison and the January window

It’s nice to finally see all the praise for Ravel he’s been great and scored that amazing goal against spurs. Being so young and so good we do have to be careful it doesn’t go to his head and I think Sam and our experienced players like Noble and Nolan can do that. He’s come a long way already this season, but what about when January comes around? The £19 million…

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Well, that was the Plan

Well, that was the Plan…but what next? I’ll be honest; I never thought it would happen. Sam unveiled his spectacular Plan B, and it has worked. 4 points from the last 3 games is a fantastic return considering the opposition we’ve faced. Even the most optimistic of fans would have probably predicted just the one point. The old tactical genius that is Big Sam pulled a masterstroke against Spurs. It worked well against Swansea, but the notion of…

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JONJO’S DIARY: Awards

I went to the British Red Cross Awards the day after my Nanny’s birthday because I had been shortlisted for a fundraiser award.  I try really hard to make my Nanny and Bobby proud and I w as very proud that I was shortlisted. I won Young Fundraiser of the Year and when I sat down and was looking at my trophy they called me back up – I won National Young Humanitarian…

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CUP PREVIEW: Burnley vs West Ham

As I predicted, it was an even game against Swansea, a draw, no goals, a stalemate. Once again our solid defensive work is making up for our severe lack-luster front line, and now, we’ve lost Vaz Te as well. Fingers crossed we will have just about enough to take us through another round tonight. We  avoided the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City in the fourth-round draw but a trip to Turf …

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MATCH PREVIEW: Swansea vs West Ham

After a fantastic result vs Tottenham I was thoroughly hoping for an even better one against Man City; sadly this was not to be. It wasn’t a bad performance but it was a true display of how different the class is at the top. It wasn’t a bad performance from West Ham but it was far from vintage. Swansea come into this game on the back of a bitterly disappointing late…

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James Tomkins vs James Collins

Coming off of another home defeat isn’t great but considering it was against a city team tipped to win the league and a squad that cost hundreds of millions I’m not too disheartened but for the first time this season it’s called to questions our defence for many reasons including no Collins and Reid’s shocker. Our defence is normally first class so it’s down to one question Tomkins or Collins? Yes Collins was injured this week from…

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What West Ham means to me

What West Ham United Means to Me As a fan from the United States who did not grow up as a soccer fan this is a question I struggle with regularly, not because I do not know the answer but because it is hard to articulate to my fellow American fans. Even the vocabulary is tough for me, because I find myself referring to the game as football only to have confused looks cast my way. {In America, football is an altogether different game of course, where the purpose …

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West Ham United: Fan expection

Fan expectation….Take a slice out of Kipling’s book. Suddenly, like a bolt out of the blue, we all have it. A newfound sense of optimism. Admit it – after the Hull debacle, I’ll bet you, like me were suddenly looking over the league table not with the usual early season glee, but in sheer desperation to find at least 3 teams that would be worse than us come what May. So it would …

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The return of Carlton Cole

So West Ham’s marmite player has returned on a three month contract to cover the injured Andy Carroll who we hope won’t be out too much longer. I’ve never been one to sing his praises and I’m certainly not going to start now. I’m not overly happy that he’s back he’s just not the quality he need and we can’t rely on him to score every game. We need our squad to be improving not bringing back a…

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Why did victory at White Hart Lane taste so sweet?

Ok, so it doesn’t take a genius to decipher why us fans were so delirious after West Ham’s victory over Tottenham earlier this month. Beating a local rival, particularly in their own back yard is always a joyous occasion, but putting three goals past an in-form Spurs squad which cost well north of £100m to assemble was an outcome none of us would have dared to dream of before the game. Factor …

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Just how good is Ravel Morrison?

Just how good is Ravel Morrison? This season has been the Ravel Morrison show for West Ham United. The 20 year old midfielder has been in sparkling form for Sam Allardyce’s side, but just how good is he? There has been a lot written about Morrison in the press about the issues he has had in his life, but I write my article from a fans perspective. West Ham fans can be impatient, …

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My problem with Ravel Morrison

My problem with Ravel Morrison Our recent star performer and rising star Ravel Morrison made the headlines in the last week, for the right reasons this time, with a sterling performance against Tottenham. As a result of his brilliant start to the season he earned himself an England U21 call up, and by the sound of it impressed for some parts of the game. By now you must be wondering…

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English Premier League Table

# Team P
1 Chelsea 19
2 Liverpool 18
3 Manchester City 17
4 Brighton & Hov… 15
5 Tottenham Hotspur 15
6 Manchester United 14
7 West Ham United 14
8 Everton 14
9 Brentford 12
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12
11 Leicester City 11
12 Arsenal 11
13 Aston Villa 10
14 Crystal Palace 8
15 Southampton 7
16 Watford 7
17 Leeds United 6
18 Burnley 3
19 Newcastle United 3
20 Norwich City 2

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