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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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Will the ‘False Nine’ work for West Ham?

Will The ‘False Nine’ Work? In our last two games, Big Sam has adopted a new formation to send out onto the pitch as a result of the failings of Modibo Maiga up front on his own, or at least the failing to make it work. The formation Sam chose was inventive to say the least. Drawing inspiration for the incredible Spanish national team, he decided the best thing to do once he failed …

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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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MATCH PREVIEW: West Ham vs Manchester City

Who would of predicted an away 3-0 win at White Heart Lane? Certainly not me, who opted for a 3-0 loss in my prediction. Maybe I should predict us to lose more often. A memorable victory, a fantastic result and how about Ravel Morrison’s goal. Manuel Pellegrini will be only too aware of the immediate need to start taking maximum points on the road, if Manchester City are to live up to their title contender tag, and unfortunately for them, Upton Park is becoming …

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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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Is there a place for Demel?

Sunday’s game saw a fantastic result for the club and one that all fans will remember for a long time. It also saw Guy Demel and Razvan Rat play and I’m not sure that’s the best way to go, yes the results proved that it worked ok and they both played well but I would defiantly rather see the pairing on Razvan Rat playing left back and Joey O’Brien playing right back, like they did against Hull. Yes Demel has a …

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How do you solve a problem like Maiga?

How do you solve a problem like Maiga? Unfortunately the question posed in the title of this article is one that I am unable to answer. In fact, it seems to be something that nobody can shed any light on at this moment in time. Sadly, the one thing that is for certain is that Big Sam’s total lack of any sort of a ‘plan B’ looks sure to prolong the mystery for the foreseeable future. Many frustrated Hammers have already taken the…

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Are you there Deano?

Are you there Deano? In 2006, a West Ham cult hero Dean Ashton joined from Norwich for a then record £7.5 million fee. Goals, goals and some more amazing goals later (reminisces bicycle kick against United, consolation or not) Deano became a legend in his own right and if not for a devastating ankle injury, would probably have become not only one of the best strikers West Ham ever had, but a key player …

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MATCH PREVIEW: Tottenham vs West Ham

Last weeks result against lowly Hull is a season low, and it can’t get much worse. Again us fans can feel robbed, another bit of bad luck has cost us. A poor referee has stolen any points from us. After last week’s disappointing result at Hull City, what better way to pick ourselves up than a London derby with Spurs. We now have a tough few fixtures ahead of us and I without …

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JONJO’S DIARY: What I have been up to

It was great going to the Everton Match and I really thought we would win.  I had new wristbands made for The Bobby Moore Fund and lots of people came to find me to buy some.  I also had a small auction that raised nearly £500 for the charity too. Last week was really busy for me, I got offered a part a new film that Cass Pennant is co-producing, the film is called Meet The Guvnors and it will be in the cinema.  Sometimes…

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Why I feel Noble is the problem

Due to the difficult start to the season West Ham fans have all had their own opinion of how we can make it better and who is to blame. Every fan has different views on what players haven’t done great for the team in the last few games. Our focus has been on the midfield because there isn’t much to talk about up front and our defence is solid as usual. …

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MATCH PREVIEW: Hull vs West Ham

Another round down after a 3-2 victory over Cardiff has earned us a next round tie against Burnley, we couldn’t have got a much better draw there. The win was well earned and showed some good courage to fight back a grab a win after squandering a 2-0 lead after only 8 minutes. It was nice to see Ravel on the score sheet again, another eye catching performance from the youngster. And I was happy to see Jarvis get a goal, however …

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We need to talk about Kevin

We need to talk about Kevin…. During my previous article discussing Sam’s inability to revert to a plan B, I made the statement that we needed to look at the players we had available and work out the best way to utilise the players – and with the likes of Cole and Downing available again for the Hull game, it’s a sentiment I strongly believe in. Yet, sentiment may well be the very reason why so many of us are failing to ask the killer question. Does…

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I Am Not Afraid Of A Lost Season

I Am Not Afraid of a Lost Season I write this in the moments after Everton’s equalizer in the early part of the 2nd half. I am sure that many who are watching the game are bemoaning West Ham’s inability to find the net, Maiga’s basic ineptitude, and our lack of a viable option to replace Andy Carroll. I am sure of this because it has been the most talked about West Ham story since the close of the transfer window, and maybe it should be. I choose to…

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English Premier League Table

# Team P
1 Liverpool 79
2 Manchester City 57
3 Leicester City 50
4 Chelsea 44
5 Manchester United 41
6 Tottenham Hotspur 40
7 Sheffield United 40
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39
9 Arsenal 37
10 Burnley 37
11 Everton 36
12 Southampton 34
13 Crystal Palace 33
14 Newcastle United 31
15 Brighton & Hov… 28
16 AFC Bournemouth 26
17 Aston Villa 25
18 West Ham United 24
19 Watford 24
20 Norwich City 18

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