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My Best West Ham XI

I was down the pub with friends and family before our game at Sunderland and had a conversation regarding the Roy Keane/Patrick Vieira documentary. I personally would have picked Keane just because he was everything a Captain should be! Oh don’t worry, this isn’t another Nolan witch hunt! No comments on the current bile. I loved the fact he literally put the team in front of personal goals for Man Utd i.e. Champions League Final…

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Why we owe a lot of Gold and Sullivan

Due to the difficult times the club are going through at the moment there’s been a lot of negativity towards the owners and particularly David Gold because he has twitter and fans can message him easily. I don’t think the hard time he’s getting is fair because looking at the bigger picture he’s done a lot of good for the club. I don’t think we’d be in the premier league right now if they hadn’t been there to…

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Time to go Big Sam

I must stress right at the start of this, that it isn’t a knee-jerk reaction to losing 4-1 at Liverpool. It is a combination of being fed up with the tactics and the players that are continuously selected when they under perform on a regular basis. I would like to thank Sam for taking us back up to the prem on the first opportunity but with the squad we had and the fan base, I never thought that was in doubt. …

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5 Quick Fixes to West Ham’s Striker Problem

5 Quick Fixes To West Ham’s Striker Problem It is a well known problem that West Ham are lacking goals this season. We are definitely missing the services of the big money man, Andy Carroll. However our lack of ability to sign a second quality striker has cost us dearly this season. So, here I propose five quick fixes to our striker problem when the window re-opens in January, whether Carroll is…

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A Venture Into Statistics: What West Ham’s Goal Difference Means

A Venture Into Statistics: What West Ham’s Goal Differential Means A lot of people are worried about West Ham United right now, they believe that we are going to be in a relegation scrap and are bemoaning the chances of the team. I have thought a lot about it and, while I understand these reactions, I also believe that they are entirely based on emotion. It is true that our results haven’t been good lately and that we are only 3 points …

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The reason I’m behind Big Sam

The reason I’m behind Big Sam Sam Allardyce is in the biggest blip of his West Ham career right now.  After two seasons of relative success, he finds his West Ham United team near the relegation zone, following a 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers, Crystal Palace. I very doubt the pressure is going to get lifted this weekend with an Away trip to Anfield against a very much in form Luis Suarez and Liverpool.  We haven’t won at Anfield since 1963, …

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We should have bought defenders

Foundations Defenders are the unsung heroes of football teams, without them no team can compete, no matter what the level of quality is elsewhere. For this reason, I have some questions: who builds a house starting with the roof? Let’s look at Arsenal, a side who last year came fourth in the Premier League, many writing them off for any chance of even a Champions League place this year, especially after losing their first game 1-3 to Aston Villa. You may point to the signing of Özil …

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What do I think of the current squad?

Apparently every cloud has a silver lining but I fail to see what the upside of losing to one of the worst teams in Premiership history is, in Crystal Palace! Now I really fear that we are in a dogfight and at the moment as I said in my first article, who is going to score the goals? I’m very glad that Andy Carroll has finally arrived back at Chadwell Heath and is training again. However, we need him now. The …

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Keep the faith Joe Cole

Joe Cole has been in the press a lot this week and not always for the right reasons. He scored a great goal against Fulham on Saturday to give us a 3-0 lead. Cole was taken off after 26 minutes against Chelsea and went straight down the tunnel because he was rightly frustrated. Everyone seemed to make a very big deal out of it but I don’t really think there’s any need. Leaving and not staying to watch the game didn’t look very…

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Even with starting Maiga!

I must say, what a result and a great team performance!! Ok, I will admit that when I saw the team sheet and saw Ravel and Cole on the bench but more importantly Maiga starting, I was skeptical to say the least. However, after seeing us completely dominate a game and not for the first time this season, I was very pleased with the result. Like every Hammers fan should be. Two things though…one, I honestly think we could’ve started the kids against Martin Jol’s Fulham. I…

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Where will our goals come from?

Please forgive me if this comes across as utter rubbish, but I’ve always wanted to get my point across about my beloved West Ham Football Club in a blog or even a book ever since I read The Legacy of Barry Green by Robert Banks! It’s a great book by the way. Anyway, I digress. So I’m hoping that this does that dream justice. So where shall I start? Perhaps with Saturday’s must win…

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The Repair of West Ham United

A Humble Suggestion for The Repair of West Ham United Football Club Since Sam Allardyce unleashed a 4-6-0 on Tottenham at White Hart Lane that was ripe with creativity, strong on defense, and selectively aggressive on the attack we have, as West Ham fans, been subjected to a series of disastrous games that have left us fearing relegation questioning both the owners and the manager, and wondering what can be done to turn things around.  It turns…

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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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MATCH REVIEW: West Ham 0-3 Chelsea

West Ham 0-3 Chelsea Match Review Another poor performance! I think it is fair to say that we are in huge trouble and unless Andy Carroll returns by at least January, there is every possibility that we’ll be travelling to Barnsley next year. Chelsea looked much more comfortable on the ball than us from the first minute. We rushed every pass when we had time and laboured on the ball when we didn’t. Nolan was awful and a waste …

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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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Allardyce’s flawed substitution policy

Substitutions Watching West Ham over the last couple of seasons, and especially the last couple of weeks, I’ve noticed a pretty frustrating trend going on with the substitutions Big Sam is making week in, week out at West Ham, and this came to a peak at home to Villa last weekend, where some of the substitutions being made by Big Sam were really quite frightening. I’m only intending this as a quick rant at Allardyce’s…

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West Ham’s future stars

It’s been a difficult start to the season for the Hammers but I think it’s time we look at the positives but not necessarily with the first team. We have an amazing under 21’s squad and a few in particular I think have the potential to be real future stars hopefully for the club. To start with Leo Chambers he’s played in a few of our Capital Cup games and has been amazing, he is a strong defender who’s looked solid in …

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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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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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