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Pellegrini warning to keep feet on the ground

Manuel Pellegrini told reporters he is pleased to have achieved four Premier league wins in a row but warns that West Ham must keep their feet on the ground. He said in his post-match press conference “I am very pleased, it is not easy to win four games in a row. It was a tough game […]

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Snodgrass speaks about his goal and big team mentality

Hammers Robert Snodgrass spoke to reporters post-match about the win (transcribed by Claret and Hugh) “Every game is important, the manager stresses it, we enjoy it until Monday until we need to start training again preparing for the opposition and he’s been great this season, we want to be a big team, we must have the mentality to […]

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Pellegrini gives injury update on Noble and others

Manuel Pellegrini denied Mark Noble was substituted yesterday because he was injured and insisted it was because of the risk of his yellow card. Pellegrini told reporters post-match who asked if he was injured “No, it was because of his yellow card, I think it was a risk for him to continue when Fulham was trying […]

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Pellegrini refuses to rule out top six finish

Manuel Pellegrini was asked whether sixth a realistic target for West Ham this season? The West Ham manager told reporters “Maybe. We started with no points, it was very unexpected now just to be two points behind the European spots now but we are always talking to the players that we must go game by […]

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Pellegrini gets big injury booster

West Ham talisman Marko Arnautovic could be set for a faster than expected return to action and may even be on the bench for the game against Southampton on December 27. And there is confidence that even if he fails to make that game he will be back for the match at Burnley on the […]

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Pellegrini matches record of Lyall, Redknapp, Curbishley, Pardew and Allardyce

Manuel Pellegrini has joined an exclusive club of West Ham managers who have won four top-flight league games in a row. The exclusive club in recent times includes John Lyall three times, Harry Redknapp, Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce. John Lyall September 1982 wins against Birmingham City, West Brom Albion, Manchester City and Arsenal John Lyall […]

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Time to give us your West Ham player ratings

Please vote with your personal ratings for West Ham players who played for ten minutes or more in the Fulham FC v West Ham United win at Craven Cottage on Saturday evening. Please only vote if you watched the game yourself and select a numerical score between one and ten where one is low and […]

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Hammers jump up to fourth in Premier League form table

West Ham has jumped up to fourth in the Premier League form table after recording their fourth straight win in a row giving them thirteen points from the last six games. Manuel Pellegrini equalled a feat last set by Sam Allardyce in 2014. They ran started on February 1st 2014 the Hammers beat Swansea winning […]

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Pelegrini only interested in aiming for the top

Manuel Pellegrini watched his team score the most efficient of victories over bottom of the table Fulham and reemphasised his determination to turn the Irons into a top side. And at last – at long, long, last – it’s easy to listen to such talk without hiding a snigger and muttering that he doesn’t know […]

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At last, we can give January window a pass

We saw this evening why West Ham’s January transfer window will be the quietest in a lot of years. Ok, Fulham were hardly the most challenging opponents we have met this season but given the only fit recognised striker available was Chicharito this was a top result. When it’s remembered that Carroll is nowhere near […]

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Top performance but who was top man? Ratings revisited

CandH Facebook group stalwart Sergey Novysh hands out his ratings for the lads Fabianski: Could’ve been quite a different result without Fab’s heroics today. Produced few world-class saves and kept a clean sheet. Best keeper we’ve had for a while. 9 Zabaleta: Another steady performance from a veteran. Hope he stays for another season. A true professional! […]

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Bang bang…clinical Irons turn on style and Fulham are dead

We could get used to this couldn’t win. Two clinically strikes proved the difference with Robert Snodgrass smacking the first home from the edge of the area and Michail Antonio pushing the second home from class range after great build up from Anderson with the final assist from Chicharito. It all means that the Hammers […]

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How we rated the Irons at Fulham

Niall McDonald hands out the marks Fabianski: Several important saves, made to look very comfortable 8 Zabaleta: Full application as always 6 Diop: Looked comfortable in a deserved clean-sheet 7 Balbuena: Very good evening’s work against Mitrovic 8 Masuaku: Caught napping once, letting Mitrovic in 5 Rice: Excellent in the first-half, some […]

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Irons look to hit top 10 following afternoon games

The Hammers could go as high as ninth in the table tonight but it will take another three goal win – WITHOUT REPLY – to achieve it. Eighth looks next door to impossible on goal difference but all things are possible so let’s not stop believing. A mixed bag of results this afternoon sees us […]

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West Ham team news & likely lineup

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is without eight first-team squad players with Marko Arnautovice (Muscle injury) Luca Perez (Foot) Jack Wilshere (Ankle) Ryan Fredericks (ankle) Yarmolenko (Achilles) Carlos Sanchez (Knee) Winstone Reid (Knee) and Manuel Lanzini (ACL) all unavailable. In addition to the eight injuries, Javier Hernandez (groin) has only trained for one day (Friday) this […]

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Fuham a formality? No, I’ve been an Iron too long

I must admit I’m nervous as the Irons head for Fulham this evening. West Ham’s confidence is sky high after three wins on the bounce while Fulham are showing relegation form. But in my West Ham 50 year experience that means we are odds-on to get a disappointing result. With no Arnautovic or Perez through […]

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Hammers to pack out Fulham neutral zone

West Ham received an allocation of just 2,691 for today’s game at Craven Cottage, the game quickly sold out to season ticket holders with 24 points or more priority points. The current capacity of the West London Stadium is just 25,700 but the average home attendance was around 20,000 last season in the Championship. The […]

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Noble marks cards on Fulham clash

Make no mistake the visit to Craven Cottage today is really no easy game despite the south West Londoners being nailed to the bottom of the table. Worse still they have 40 goals conceded against their names and have already accounted for the first managerial casualty of the season. However, nobody will take Claudio Ranieri’s […]

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Fulham block Isla collection on safety grounds

West Ham supporter Baz Cox has been told he will not be able to collect money for young cancer sufferer Isla Caton outside Craven cottage this evening for safety reasons. Baz messaged his followers to say “CONFIRMATION We will NOT allowed to collect inside tomorrow at Fulham The reason we cannot is from the stadium […]

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Fab Felipe shares secret of his success

Felipe Anderson has credited a change of position for the form lift which is seeing him slowly emerge as the team’s top man. Five in goals in the last six games tells it’s own story and once again the move to get the best from his players makes Manuel Pellegrini the architect of the situation. […]

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Poll: Fulham v West Ham win, lose or draw

West Ham faces Fulham at Craven Cottage this evening with a chance of recording their fourth back to back win in the Premier League. The Hammers last won four on the bounce under Sam Allardyce in the 2013/14 season. On February 1st 2014 the Hammers beat Swansea winning 2-0 thanks to a Kevin Nolan brace […]

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Watch out Fulham – a big team is on its way

Manuel Pellegrini reckons Fulham will meet a West Ham outfit on their way to becoming a big team tomorrow (Sat)! Speaking to reporters the Irons boss said: “We are on the way to do it in that we have a lot of improvement especially when we go to play away. “We always go for the […]

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Carroll reveals the trouble with Moyes

Andy Carroll has spilled the beans on the problems the Hammers squad suffered under David Moyes last season. Until Manuel Pellegrini set off on a recent run of results there had been murmurings and at one time outright criticism in some quarters of the decision not to allow the Scot to continue as manager this […]

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Pellegrini set for striker shock at Fulham

Manuel Pellegrini may be forced into handing another young Hammer his shot at the big time tomorrow by calling under 23s prospect Xande Silva into action at Fulham. Claret and Hugh has learned that Lucas Perez won’t have recovered from a foot injury in time for the match and with Andy Carroll no better than […]

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Lawro’s not so surprising prediction!

You really do have to start believing that Mark Lawrenson has an anti West Ham thing going on inside his head when making his weekly predictions. For you would surely imagine that if there was one game where he might be generous enough to offer the Hammers a win it would be against Fulham at […]

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Birthday boy Iron refuses to relax

Aaron Cresswell has revealed that training remains incredibly intense at Rush Green as the Irons look to make it 12 points from four games at Fulham tomorrow. Despite probably being second choice for the left back spot for most of the season Cressie -who hits 30 tomorrow (Sat) – is committing himself to the unrelenting […]

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