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Idle Thoughts on Wembley

When I was complaining to my namesake James, in my local Paddy Power shop, about the Carabao Cup draw against Tottenham, he responded by pointing out that at least we’ll get to Wembley! Ah yes, Wembley. I’ve never been to the new Wembley, and it’s well over 30 years since I last went to the old Wembley. Suffering as I do from claustrophobia, I found any journey on the Underground to be…

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Player Ratings: West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League Matchday Six

It’s now time to analyze Player performance from the weekend’s defeat to Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs, as Derby Day disappointment left The Claret & Blue Army with a bitter taste at The London Stadium. Joe Hart: 6/10 In a Game that, once again, England’s No1 conceded more goals than he should have, the fault mainly laid with the defence and not the keeper. However, Hart was rather hasty to race off his line in a bid …

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Main Talking Points: West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League Matchday Six

Let’s take a look at some of the main causes of discussion from Saturday’s London Derby defeat to Spurs, as we conceded and were beaten for the first time in September. Was Antonio Fit Enough To Start? Many Hammers were left questioning the Matchday judgment of Slaven Bilic and his Staff on Saturday morning, as Michail Antonio was forced off with an early Groin injury. Furthermore, the forward’s inclusion in the Game was subject to a late passed fitness test from…

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Ten Man Tottenham Edge Derby Day Thriller

Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs held onto a narrow lead late on at The London Stadium on Saturday lunchtime to condemn us to a fourth League defeat in our last six League fixtures. The clash, featuring Live on Sky Sports, was a classic feisty and end-to-end London Derby and for the visitors, three points meant revenge from two consecutive away defeats at the hands of Slaven Bilic. The Lilywhites made a fast start…

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Cut out sloppy mistakes and we’ll prosper, says frustrated West Ham keeper Hart

Frustrated Joe Hart believes West Ham can’t expect to get their season back on track until Slave Bilic has drilled his charges to cut out sloppy passages of play. Hammers keeper Hart reckons silly mistakes led to their downfall at home to Tottenham on Saturday as they suffered a 3-2 defeat at the London Stadium. But West Ham enjoyed a positive if unfruitful opening half hour before the north London outfit came into their own and found themselves 3-0 up after an …

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More Misery For Burke And Cullen; Snodgrass Shines For Villa & Oxford’s Gladbach Thrashed

After a busy Saturday of action across the continent, it’s time to check in with our Hammer loanees at their respective Clubs, as things went from bad to worse for Reece Burke and Josh Cullen, Robert Snodgrass’s fortunes were quite the opposite and Reece Oxford’s Borussia Monchengladbach were hit for six by Dortmund. Reece Burke and Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers) Bolton’s Championship despair continued yesterday afternoon as they were overcome…

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Where Are They Now?: Walter Lopez

Walter Lopez “Who?” Walter Lopez! “Who?” WALTER LOPEZ!! “Who?”. Yes, it’s true, many Hammers fans will not remember Uruguayan International Walter Lopez but he once looked to have a bright future in East London. However, what ended his short stay at Upton Park? Did he ever fulfil his bright potential? And where is he now? Walter Lopez The full-back began his career with Racing Club in his native South America, before his big break…

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Match Preview: Sunderland AFC U23’s vs West Ham United U23’s: Premier League 2 Matchday Six

Terry Westley’s U23’s travel to the North-East tomorrow lunchtime for their sixth Premier League 2 clash of the season in which they will be facing the Black Cats. The youngsters go into the tie off the back of three consecutive defeats in all competitions to mar what was otherwise a positive start, they now sit in fifth place. Whereas, Sunderland are eighth with five points from their opening five fixtures and have a …

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M5: Slaven Bilic’s Hammers Glide Safely Into The Carabao Cup

In this edition of A Week In The World Of West Ham United, we preview and discuss action from both the First-Team and U23’s, before a special Slaven Bilic themed treat for listeners at the end. The post M5: Slaven Bilic’s Hammers Glide Safely Into The Carabao Cup appeared first on Moore Than Just A Club .

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I’m The Boss: Pragmatism and Directness

Tottenham come to the London Stadium in mixed form, their struggles at Wembley continue but performances against Everton and Dortmund highlight their undoubted class. West Ham will need to be at their very best to stay with Spurs in this fixture, a win here would really kick-start the season and could help make our home really feel like home. Bilic has set the team up with 3 at the back and I would keep Declan Rice in there alongside Fonte and…

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Matchday Six Premier League Preview: Hammers Face Spurs In Classic Derby Clash As The League Leaders Host Palace

After what was another highly controversial weekend of action on Matchday Five of the 2017/2018 Premier League season, fans have had to endure a rather tedious week of Carabao Cup action. But, “The Best League In The World” is duly back tomorrow lunchtime as we face Spurs in a classic London Derby and the league leaders host a desperate Eagles side. West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday 12:30 PM) In Sky Sports’ early Saturday kick-off, we host Mauricio Pochettino’s Lilywhites to …

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The Hammers Loan Report: Burke And Cullen Taste Bolton Misery Yet Again As Snodgrass Features For Villa And Oxford Is Frustrated In Germany

It’s now time to check in with our Hammer loanees and all of the action from their respective clubs in the last seven days, as Reece Burke and Josh Cullen couldn’t prevent another miserable week for the Trotters, Robert Snodgrass endured a mixed seven days with Aston Villa and Reece Oxford continued to watch on from the Bundesliga bench. Reece Burke And Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers) The bright young Academy duo of…

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Shocked West Ham fan says she was searched under cup of her bra at London Stadium

A shocked West Ham fan has sparked debate on social media after claiming she was searched under the cup of her bra by a steward before a game at the London Stadium. The Hammers supporter says she was intimately frisked as she attended the Carabao Cup victory over Bolton at the venue midweek. And her observations of how she was treated led to other fans revealing details of other seemingly inappropriate searches. One young woman was…

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Match Preview: West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League Matchday Six

In Game Week Six of the 2017/2018 Premier League season, East London will play host to one of the classic London Derbies for the visit of Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur. We come into the tie off the back of Carabao Cup success in midweek over Bolton Wanderers and are unbeaten in three in all Competitions. Whereas, the visitors scraped a late victory over a stern Barnsley Side to progress to Round Four this week and will be glad of…

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Idle Thoughts on Borussia Dortmund

Reports in the papers recently of Spurs’ match against Borussia Dortmund reminded me of when Dortmund were West Ham’s opponents in the Semi-Finals of the Cup-Winner’s Cup in 1966. Reports in the papers recently of Spurs’ match against Borussia Dortmund reminded me of when Dortmund were West Ham’s opponents in the Semi-Finals of the Cup-Winner’s Cup in 1966. The early to mid-1960s was a great time to be a …

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Throwback Thursday Article: 2016: A Meeting With Spurs Under The Lights To Remember Forever

In this week’s edition of our weekly Throwback segment, we hear from Mike, 56 and a die-hard Hammer about one of the oldest Derbies in English Football at the old Ground that we all knew and loved. “Being a Season Ticket holder for 40 years and counting, the most extreme ups and downs of my life were experienced on my most beloved place of all, the iconic Upton Park. Religious people had Churches, …

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Midweek Grumblings

Javier Hernandez, Mexico’s all-time leading goal scorer who has enjoyed scoring goals in some of the highest leagues in the world. He has already picked up two goals in claret and blue. However, some issues have occurred… he has started to play out of position due to a certain 6’4 striker named Andy Carroll. Fans were originally drooling over the idea of having the two play up top together, with Carroll’s knock downs landing to the small …

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Main Talking Points: West Ham United vs Bolton Wanderers

It’s now time to analyse all of the main points of discussion from last night’s thumping of Bolton Wanderers as we made it back to back Premier League and Carabao Cup victories at The London Stadium for the first time since last October. Masuaku Gets Off The Mark With Screamer One of the main highlights of yesterday evening’s cup triumph was surely Arthur Masuaku’s stunning late strike for his first Hammers goal…

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Player Ratings: West Ham United vs Bolton Wanderers

Let’s take a look at how each featuring squad member performed yesterday evening, as there were good Grades all round in a superb Team performance as we thumped The Trotters. Adrian: 7/10 Spanish keeper Adrian will feel like he hasn’t had anything to do this season after keeping two clean sheets against Cheltenham Town and Bolton Wanderers respectively in The Carabao Cup. The good form will do him no harm in the race with Joe Hart for the …

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Superb Hammers Sail Past Deflated Trotters

  Slaven Bilic’s weakened Hammers Side thrashed a Bolton Wanderers outfit that never really had a sniff at The London Stadium last night, to book a place in the Draw for Round Four of The Carabao Cup. We made a much-needed fast start to the tie, as first-half goals from centre-back Angelo Ogbonna and forward Diafra Sakho complemented a late Arthur Masuaku stunner for victory in the first home Cup …

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Let’s focus on our game rather than Harry Kane, says Arnautovic ahead of Spurs clash

Marko Arnautovic has warned his West Ham team-mates they would be mistaken to think keeping white-hot Harry Kane quiet is the way to earn a victory over Tottenham. Austrian ace Arnautovic admits stopping Spurs’ leading marksman in his tracks IS essential but that there is a bigger task at hand when Mauricio Pochettino’s men pitch up at the London Stadium for a Premier League clash on Saturday. But the attacker, who played a major…

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Live Blog: West Ham United vs Bolton Wanderers: Carabao Cup Round Three

19:15 PM: Welcome to The London Stadium for our Live Blog of tonight’s Carabao Cup Third Round clash with Bolton Wanderers. 19:20 PM: We will start by going over the two lineups this evening. West Ham United: Adrian (GK), Sam Byram, Angelo Ogbonna, Declan Rice, Arthur Masuaku, Mark Noble (C), Sead Haksabanovic, Cheikhou Kouyate, Andre Ayew, Marko Arnautovic, Diafra Sakho. Bolton Wanderers: Mark Howard (GK), Andrew Taylor, Dorian Dervite, Mark Beevers, Antonee Robinson, Aaron Wilbraham, Darren Pratley (C), Jeff King, Filipe…

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I’m The Boss: Earn the right to play; Youth to get its chance

After two positive performances and two clean sheets its Tuesday night and Championship Bolton Wanderers in the League Cup. Tonight’s game has to be seen as an opportunity to maintain momentum and give some players some vital time on the pitch. With that in mind, I would keep the same formation that seems to be working well and I would keep Hart, Reid and Fonte from the weekend to help maintain the defensive solidity. Declan Rice will get a chance to …

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Wilson Double Condemns U23’s To Third Consecutive Defeat

A first-half brace from Harry Wilson was enough for Liverpool’s youngsters to extend their 100% record in The PL2 Division One this season, as our Hammer starlets tumbled down the table in Dagenham. The encounter was one that could have gone either way as agonizing chances continued to go by the wayside in the early stages for Terry Westley’s men against a clinical Reds side. There was all change before the game as both Westley and Liverpool boss Neil Critchley …

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Match Preview: West Ham United vs Bolton Wanderers: Carabao Cup Round Three

Slaven Bilic’s Hammers return to Carabao Cup action tonight for the visit of Phil Parkinson’s Bolton Wanderers, with a place in the Fourth Round of the competition to play for. We go into the tie unbeaten in three of our last four games in all competitions after Saturday afternoon’s 0-0 draw at The Hawthorns. Whereas, The Trotters sit rock bottom of the Sky Bet Championship after a disastrous start to their first…

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Match Day Five’s Premier League Review: City Thrash Sorry Watford Yet Again As The Hammers Are Held To A Hawthorns Stalemate

After another action-packed weekend of The Premier League, we look back on all of Match Day Five’s thrilling encounters, as Manchester City made it an incredible 11 goals in just two Games and Slaven Bilic’s Boys shared the points with The Baggies in a dull Hawthorns clash. Late Defoe Brilliance Brings Brighton To Their Knees Jermain Defoe fired a late winner for his Cherries side in a vital Derby with The Seagulls on Friday…

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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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