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Match preview from the Pompey end:-

Can Pompey take the fire out of the Irons?

By Gareth Beavis

Date: 26/12/2006

PREVIEW ++++ Pompey will be hoping to end the West Ham revival as they travel to Upton park for a Boxing day clash (1pm) looking to build on their own hopes for a top six finish.

The second game of the festive calendar takes Portsmouth to Upton Park on Boxing Day. At least this year the players were allowed to spend Christmas as home, thanks to their lofty Premiership position. But will Pompey take the goodwill out of the season and keep West Ham mired in relegation trouble? ?

It's nice to have a Christmas schedule that doesn't have a significant effect on whether Portsmouth will be relegated or not. True, they are still eight points from the magic 40 mark, but I feel confident they may just scrape that in the second half of the season.

But that doesn't mean that their collective feet should be taken of the accelerator. Although the schedule will be punishing, it's strange how injuries affect winning teams less than those that fall. So backing up the win against Sheffield United with a hammering of the Hammers should help things along nicely.

A look at last year's preview, and it's interesting to note the massive changes between the two teams. They played the same fixture at Fratton park last Boxing Day, but the situations were opposite, West Ham flying high and Portsmouth sucked into relegation trouble. And this was in the days when Laurent Robert was playing. Dire, dire times indeed…

Nigel Reo-Coker, apparently one of the driving forces behind ex-manager Alan Pardew's departure, won't be captaining the side due to suspension, so there could be a rare chance in midfield for exile Javier Mascherano as they attempt to drag themselves away from the bottom three.

I'm no sentimentalist (except when Portsmouth are concerned, but that's understandable because they are amazing and possibly the best team in the world ever. But you all knew that already) but I think West Ham, with their tradition and ardent fan-base are deserving of Premiership status, and should be good for the money when you consider the squad is largely unchanged from the side that finished in the top-half of the Premiership and made the FA Cup final.

Defender Danny Gabbidon looks likely to have recovered from a hamstring injury adequately to slot into defence next to the on-form Anton Ferdinand. Although no closer to displacing his brother in the England set-up, his defensive nous will be invaluable in the climb back up the Premiership table.

Alan Curbishley will soon have Dean Ashton back from a broken ankle, so Marlon Harewood, Bobby Zamora and Carlos Tevez will need to start playing exceptionally to keep him out of the starting line-up. The latter will especially need to start performing; else his much-publicised days at Upton Park will be numbered.

Some people point to the likes of the Upton Park Argentines as well as Hernan Crespo and Juan Sebastion Veron as proof that Argentines cannot cut it in the English top-flight, but does anyone remember a little player called Andres D'Allessandro? He did alright…

James Collins is still hampered by a groin injury, so definitely won't figure, but Curbs will have the likes of Matthew Ethrington, Yossi Benayoun and Hayden Mullins contesting the places, so expect an attack-minded side to come and try and beat the Portsmouth back four. The 4-5-1 formation Harry Redknapp has employed in recent away games should take a back seat as Benjani recovers fully from a hamstring injury, and Kanu will play despite a sore knee. When Lomano Lualua (thigh) is back in the fold along with Andrew Cole, Redknapp may rest his in-form striker, but until then, the African pairing will keep leading the line.

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Come on you Irons !!!

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West Ham United 1 Portsmouth 2

A miserable Boxing Day for us.

The first half performance was appalling and the lack of quality painfully apparent.

To say this performance utter crap would be understating things a little. There are some players at this football club who really should not be at West Ham at all nd should be shown the door asap.

We'd been encouraged by certain aspects of our football against Fulham. We should've taken those positives and built on them. We also saw the weaknesses that the team has. The poor distribution from the back, the lack of creativity in midfield and above all the lack of quality up front.

A few changes were made from the side who thrashed out the goalless draw at Craven Cottage. Danny Gabbidon returned from injury and took his place alongside Ferdinand at the centre of defence. Christian Dailly dropped to the bench. In midfield, Lee Bowyer was left out of the squad and replaced by Yossi Benayoun.

Bobby Zamora and Marlon Harewood continued up front. WHY? Neither of them look capable of hitting a cows arse with a banjo, let alone scoring a goal between them,

The game was only forty seconds old when we managed our first shot at goal. Some good football led to the ball finding its way to Bobby Zamora who took it on his chest and hit a left foot shot straight at David James. Not that it was a great shot , but an encouraging sign.

A bit later Harewood played down the middle, with Sol Campbell losing him for a moment, but he recovered well to stop Marlon from getting a shot at goal.

Pompey then settled into the game and played some neat football and we were doing well to disrupt. In fact the first fifteen minutes we were even-stevens with them . Neither team had really troubled each others keepers and we were both were just happy to be patient in our build ups.

But when your down at the bottom things can go wrong very quickly and disaster struck on 16 minutes when Pompey won a corner. Pedro Mendes swung in the corner where Primus lost his marker (Harewood) easily and powered his header past Green. Gabbidon could only blast it into the roof of the net in a last ditch attempt to clear it. The goal was Primus’ though.

Harewood was totally at fault for the goal. He seems to overlook the basic rule that you stick with the player you are marking. Marlon didn’t do that. It wasn’t even as though Primus had done well to lose him.

Our reaction to that goal was abject. We did that usual West Ham thing of capitulating once a goal has gone in. It was panic stations - reminiscent of those Championship years- for the next fifteen minutes.

Shortly after the goal when Pompey really should have increased their lead. Mendes, once again, put in a corner, this time to the back post, and Primus again won the header (this time being marked by Reo Coker) and put it back across goal where it found Davis, whose shot was cleared off the line and fell to Campbell who thankfully shot over the bar from ten yards

Our tactics seemed to change with Benayoun going into the middle. Harewood bizarrely on the right wing with Zamora up front on his own. Great idea playing Marlon out on the right when we're 1-0 down ! Although to be fair Yossi tried to take the game by the scruff of the neck by making some tricky runs and playing in the direct game - something that we don’t do enough.

He went on a tricky run and burst into the box and looked to have been fouled - but the ref waved away claims of a penalty. But Yossi still managed to get a shot deflected over the bar for a corner, despite being tumbled on the floor, but it was deflected over the bar. But to be honest, it may as well have been a goal kick anyway as we appear to have no idea whatsoever with corners.

Coming up to half-time anyone would have settled fot 1-0 under the circumstances. It's a game of two halves, etc. But we're talking West Ham here. It wasn't so much that they scored again- although that'd been bad enough, but they way that they scored – it was almost identical to their first goal. <deleted>!

It was Mendes again who played the ball in (this time from a free kick) and once again Linvoy Primus totally lost Mullins and powerfully headed past Green from a few yards out.

Just when you think things are going to get better, you get a first half performance that sucks all the hope out of you. Just like my dreams...

We never kept possession and thread a decent move together. Apart from that shot in the first few seconds and never threatened againl. The midfield was non existent and Chumpionship Etherington seemed more than willing to avoid anything that may cause him the slightest hurt. He did have a good opportunity to score but Glen Johnson looked about to come into clatter him, so he lost concentration sending that funny little round thing wide enough to hit Upton Park Bus Garage. Bottle job, I think the phrase is.

Changes had to be made during the interval.

Carlos Tevez came on to replace Etherington, and Teddy came on for Harewood. But why the ineffectual Zamora came out at half time remains a mystery. Substituting Roy Carroll up front for the dire Z man couldn't have been a worse bet.

Tevez is pure class and he immediately raised the crowd with some of his sublime trickery and solid challenges.

But we couldn't prise an opening and the football continued to be stale. To be fair though, the effort levels went up– epitomised by our much maligned captain who seemed to decide that he would turn up after all.

A lot of our play was being focused down the flanks, with Benayoun moving in from the right it was left Spector to move up the line. Problem was that he didn’t know what to do with the ball when he got it and our attacks faultered and stalled. Curbishley took him off and repaced him with Dailly.

Tevez had his usual golden opportunity to score when he skilfully got into the box but his dragged just wide. He had a free kick shortly after that, which went over the bar. But at least he showed the desire to attack but we await his first ,much anticipated, goal for us.

Time trickled away it was seemed more and more unlikely that we would get anything at all from this game. But a glimmer with something lik ten minutes of the ninety remaining.

A cross into the box...Sheringham challenged Campbell...his attempted clearance fell to Ferdinand who shot from close range... saved by James...the ball came back out on the right hand to Sheringham... from an acute angle put the ball into the net. Yess!!!

Although to be honest, one of their defenders might have touched it before it crossed the line.

The crowd roared the team on for the remaining time and for a moment it we may get back into it as we laid seige on thier goal. Mullins had golden chance to salvage a point from about ten yards but he blazed over the bar. Sheringham was thwarted by James, and Zamora saw a shot end up on the roof of the net. But any hope of a spectacular finale all but fizzled like a damp squid with 'Arry's lot taking all three points to leave us biting our nails over a must win game against Man City.

Robert Green

Don’t think he could have done too much with the goals. It was dreadful marking for both. Apart from picking the ball out of the net twice, he didn’t have too much else to do.

Jonathan Spector

Not convinced by him . A trier but without any real quality. Average and warranted being substituted.

Anton Ferdinand

On his day he's almost as good as his brother. But today his use of the ball was appalling. He and Gabbidon were at fault so many times for awful distribution of the ball thus exposing us to more pressure.

Danny Gabbidon

Back from injury, but not looking match fit . Kept hoofing the ball up the field to no one in particular.

Paul Konchesky

Sound defending today and Pompey didn’t get much change out of him. But his distribution was also dreadful. Doesn't he realise that he's meant to pass to his own plaayers and not the other lot ? His crossing? As usual... poor.

Yossi Benayoun

Our best player over the ninety. Looked much sharper and really worked hard to make things happen. He also showed qualit . A rare quality from all but a couple of ours in this game.

Hayden Mullins

Off the pace today and wasn’t on the ball enough. He put in some good tackles but he didn’t show much else.

Nigel Reo Coker

Anonymous in the first half . Did play better in the second half but was guilty of giving the ball away far too often. Suspendedfor the next game

Matthew Etherington

Bye, Matty. You're rubbish and with no heart for the fight. Just what we don't need right now.

Marlon Harewood

Better than Zamora, but still pretty poor. Why did he play him on the right hand side after they scored? He's not a mid-fielder which he all but became. Still like to see him and Tevez start up front .

Bobby Zamora

We all love him for being totally West Ham. But is he really up to it at this level? I personally don't think that he is.

Subs

Teddy Sheringham (Harewood 45 mins)

Got the goal , unusual for one of our strikers. Worked hard, played some nice passes and tried to get things going. But it says something when we rely on a pensioner to give us a glimer of hope. Perhaps a few more Sir Teddys?

Carlos Tevez ( Etherington 45 mins)

Crowd pleaser (some think a potential saviour along with Ashton) and had a few chances to score. It's blatently obvious that he should start in the side because he's sheer quality! Simple as that.

Christian Dailly (Spector 70 mins)

Football genius did a fair job down that right hand side and despite him not being known for his attacking skills he did a decent job for the final twenty minures.

Overall

Not good enough giving it our all in the final fifteen. Thay's not enough to get anything from a game that we desperately needed something from. That is not going to keep us in the Premiership.

Their goals were a joke on us. If a player like Primus can score two goals against us then we know that we're in big trouble.

The positives are that Tevez continues to impress. Sheringham scored a goal and Yossi Benayoun looked back to nearing his best.

Curbs says that he was "shocked by their attitude" and "lack of steel". Well sort it Curb's, and start by asking a few to close the door behind them.

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"The Football Association has rejected Joey Barton and Paul Konchesky's appeals for wrongful dismissal following their respective red cards on 23rd December.

Manchester City midfielder Barton will now serve a three-match ban with immediate effect, whilst West Ham full-back Konchesky is suspended for a single game."

Seemed a bit harsh on Konchesky (not the Scouser). Although not entirely suprising. But here we are again with Curbs being without one of his key players, who can't cross a ball admittedly but ,nevertheless, has been one of our better players over the past few games.

Manchester City at home on Saturday with a must win game. Both Clubs are very alike in some ways. We both have a large and loyal fan base who don't desert in droves even when confined to the lower leagues. We've both had our moments of glory in the past (not enough though!) and each should probably have won a more silverware to be honest. Both sets of fans deserve more from their Clubs, but sentimentality aside ... We really MUST win on Saturday despite most pundits thinking that we'll be ok. Too good to go down ring any familiar nightmarish bells?

Rumours naturally are resounding amongst a lot of Hammers fans and the pages of tabloids, with Viduka seeming to be the most likely (?) But frankly I'll be happy for the rest of this season to bring in any battle worn old horses who have the experience to fight in tight corners and help drag us out of our present position. The niceties can begin next season. And I'm pretty sure that the ever pragmatic Curbs sees it the same way.

My choice for starting line-up

----------------------Green---------------------------

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Pantsil------Anton--------Gabbidon-------McCartney

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Newton------Bowyer--------- Mascherano---------Yossi

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--------------------Tevez--------------------------------

--------------------------Cole (deserves a chance)

Subs: Teddy, Etherington, Collins (if fit) , Mullins, Harewood

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"The Football Association has rejected Joey Barton and Paul Konchesky's appeals for wrongful dismissal following their respective red cards on 23rd December.

Manchester City midfielder Barton will now serve a three-match ban with immediate effect, whilst West Ham full-back Konchesky is suspended for a single game."

Seemed a bit harsh on Konchesky (not the Scouser). Although not entirely suprising. But here we are again with Curbs being without one of his key players, who can't cross a ball admittedly but ,nevertheless, has been one of our better players over the past few games.

Manchester City at home on Saturday with a must win game. Both Clubs are very alike in some ways. We both have a large and loyal fan base who don't desert in droves even when confined to the lower leagues. We've both had our moments of glory in the past (not enough though!) and each should probably have won a more silverware to be honest. Both sets of fans deserve more from their Clubs, but sentimentality aside ... We really MUST win on Saturday despite most pundits thinking that we'll be ok. Too good to go down ring any familiar nightmarish bells?

Rumours naturally are resounding amongst a lot of Hammers fans and the pages of tabloids, with Viduka seeming to be the most likely (?) But frankly I'll be happy for the rest of this season to bring in any battle worn old horses who have the experience to fight in tight corners and help drag us out of our present position. The niceties can begin next season. And I'm pretty sure that the ever pragmatic Curbs sees it the same way.

My choice for starting line-up

----------------------Green---------------------------

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Pantsil------Anton--------Gabbidon-------McCartney

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Newton------Bowyer--------- Mascherano---------Yossi

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--------------------Tevez--------------------------------

--------------------------Cole (deserves a chance)

Subs: Teddy, Etherington, Collins (if fit) , Mullins, Harewood

Not a bad line up though I would keep faith with Spector and Mullins. I think they are both pretty solid even if they don't set the world alight. As for Newton he is a ghost from the past and although I like him, it's hard to see him in any other role, apart from shoring up the back. We need some enterprise going forward, so I would keep Yossi on the right. Interesting to see if Kyle Reid can make the grade soon and if he can play the Etherington role on the left? As for Mascherano I've got a feeling that he's seen as a delux player who is not suited to the premiership or is not ready yet, but If he never gets a game than it's hard to know what he can offer. Maybe his attitude in training has been a bit non-commital. I would like another look at Mark Noble and maybe bring Mascherano on when the game gets a bit streched in the second half. It's going to be intersting how City cope without Barton which might be good for Macherano as he'll have more space. I think the forward line looks interesting and I'd like to see that with Harewood coming on as sub with the codger in the second half. The career of Carlton Cole has been strange one: maybe he's not ready and will eventually go over to Bolton where Fat Sam wil turn him into a world beater! I agree with you about City and remember some of their good football in the early 70's. Fat Franny Lee, Colin Bell, Mike Summabee and that strange half-deranged woman who used to travel around with them with that bell! Come on you irons!

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Not a bad line up though I would keep faith with Spector and Mullins. I think they are both pretty solid even if they don't set the world alight. As for Newton he is a ghost from the past and although I like him, it's hard to see him in any other role, apart from shoring up the back. We need some enterprise going forward, so I would keep Yossi on the right. Interesting to see if Kyle Reid can make the grade soon and if he can play the Etherington role on the left? As for Mascherano I've got a feeling that he's seen as a delux player who is not suited to the premiership or is not ready yet, but If he never gets a game than it's hard to know what he can offer. Maybe his attitude in training has been a bit non-commital. I would like another look at Mark Noble and maybe bring Mascherano on when the game gets a bit streched in the second half. It's going to be intersting how City cope without Barton which might be good for Macherano as he'll have more space. I think the forward line looks interesting and I'd like to see that with Harewood coming on as sub with the codger in the second half. The career of Carlton Cole has been strange one: maybe he's not ready and will eventually go over to Bolton where Fat Sam wil turn him into a world beater! I agree with you about City and remember some of their good football in the early 70's. Fat Franny Lee, Colin Bell, Mike Summabee and that strange half-deranged woman who used to travel around with them with that bell! Come on you irons!

Some sound observations there mate.

You may be right about Mascherano, he's our Lord Lucan. But from little we have seen he's obviously got the class but as you say just can't adapt to the Premiership perhaps. But , like Cole, he certainly needs the chance to prove either way.

As for Noble. Well there's an awful lot of people that rate him, and Ipswich certainly would have liked to have him there still. But to be honest I'm not entirely convinced about him. I think that he's lightweight and too right-footed. I have seen him play for Ipswich three times this season and got the impression that he wasn't ready for the Premiership. And in fact was pretty anonymous as well. But if the Tractor Boys rated him, yet when I saw him wasn't that impressed, then maybe that just shows that he still blows hot and cold? But I'm I'm still a bit bemused as to why Pardew took him back and didn't extend his loan if he wasn't going to play him.

I think that you're right about them missing Barton more than we will Konchesky. Of dear, has this got a 0-0 written all over it?

Rumour has it that Carlton Cole may be going to Wigan + 3ml with Camera joining us. Not sure that he hasn't got a fairly lenghthy injury though (6 weeks I hear). But I do rate him and it's a shame that we didn't get him in the Summer.

Ah, the biddy with the bell. That brought back a long forgotten memory. Gallagher brothers Mum someone told me. :o

Anyway from the Independent

"West Ham United have stepped up their efforts to sign Shaun Wright-Phillips for £10m and, crucially, are understood to be prepared to match the winger's £50,000-a-week wages.

At the same time, the Premiership club are hoping to sign Middlesbrough's Mark Viduka, having made the acquisition of an experienced striker their No 1 priority in the January transfer window with the manager, Alan Curbishley, unconvinced about his current options. West Ham are undoubtedly interested in Darren Bent - but do not believe that Charlton Athletic will sell the 22-year-old, who has just been installed as captain, with Luke Young injured, by their new manager, Alan Pardew.

Wright-Phillips remains reluctant to leave Chelsea, even though the club are keen to sell him rather than loan him out despite their injury crisis. They will accept £10m - less than half the £21m they paid for him in the summer of 2005. Indeed, it is believed that the 25-year-old, who has made only two starts this season, will accept that he does not have a future at Stamford Bridge only if he is told so directly by the manager, Jose Mourinho, and that has not happened yet.

It is unlikely that another club will match West Ham's offer, although Aston Villa are now understood to be monitoring the situation, with their manager, Martin O'Neill, wanting to sign a right winger. Interestingly, it could lead to a bidding war between the Premiership's newest owners, Villa's Randy Lerner and West Ham's Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson.

It was thought that West Ham's relegation fight had killed the deal but the club now hope they can revive it. Another complication for West Ham's chances of succeeding is Chelsea's interest in Manchester City's Micah Richards. City would be prepared to take Wright-Phillips, plus around £10m, as part of a transfer but the England international is not thought to want to return.

His family, including brother Bradley Wright-Phillips, who is now at Southampton, are all near London. Portsmouth and Newcastle United also remain interested.

There are also difficulties surrounding West Ham's chances of signing Viduka. The Australian has just six months left on his contract at Middlesbrough, who are are close to signing Arsenal's Jérémie Aliadière.

The Boro manager, Gareth Southgate - whose bid of around £1.5m for the West Bromwich Albion midfielder Zoltan Gera was rejected yesterday- is now trying to open negotiations with Viduka because he is aware of West Ham's interest. Newcastle are also following the situation.

Reports coming out of Argentina last night suggested that Javier Mascherano will be leaving West Ham next month and that Media Sports Investment, who own the player, have been negotiating in London with both Juventus and Liverpool. The Argentina midfielder is said to prefer a move to Italy but Liverpool have made the greater offer, believed to be around £6m.

According to a well-placed source in Argentina, MSI and Mascherano are hoping that Julio Grondona, the president of the Argentina Football Association, will use his influence as vice-president of Fifa to override the rule that prevents players signing for more than two clubs in one year. Grondona will claim that Mascherano's position at West Ham is hurting the 22-year-old's career.

"The future of Mascherano will either be in England or Italy but far from West Ham" said the source.

Mascherano, who played in every match for Argentina during the World Cup, now finds his place in the national team under threat from 20-year-old Fernando Gago, the holding midfielder who signed for Real Madrid from Boca Juniors last week for £13m."

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A happy new year to all West Ham suporters and thanks to Happy Hammer for all the reports.

We really do deserve more from our club.

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A happy New Year to you to mate, and keddy, and those that read this thread dedicated to our much shat upon but beloved West Ham.

Anway here's the briefest synopis of yesterdays performance. Here's hoping for a better new year.

WHU V Man City - A 90 min microcosm of our whole season?

The likes of O'Leary, Bryan Robson & Coleman maybe young, naive managers, not with great reputations, but at least they brought their teams to Upton Park in the right spirit last season.

They, and many other managers aswell, came to attack and play a game of football, leaving some big gaps at the back for the 100 metre Olympic sprinter Harewood to exploit.

Ironically, it was Alan Curbishley, a year ago, who first sussed it and gave us an insight of what was to come.

Pardew couldn't resist a little dig at his old boss after a dire 0 0 at Upton Park but Curbishley responded by saying, "it's alright for you to say that now but wait until you've been in this game a few years and teams have worked out how to play against you".

Stuart Pearce was another young manager who came to Upton Park last season to play a game of open football and his team got soundly beaten. So not this time, oh no, Pearce had learnt his lesson and today it was 10 men behind the ball and a packed penalty area.

West Ham created nothing in an appaling match. Our play, through every channel, was easily stifled by Pearce's spoilers.

If you were giving marks today then Harewood would have to get a zero in my opinion. OK, 8 or 9 for effort maybe, but nothing for effectiveness in the match. He was hopeless, completely clueless as to what to do. Denied space, Harewood's limitations are cruelly exposed.

Etherington can't beat a player for skill but relies on pace and having plenty of space behind the full back. Deny him that space and he's completely nullified. Another 0, I'm afraid, for impact on the match.

We were left with having to resort to using the full backs as our only outlet - those two bastions of creativity, Dailly and Spector (and I'm not knocking them, they tried their best and had decent enough games but it's just so desperate when we have to depend on those two to make the chances).

A point about Tevez. He is a striker and NOT a midfielder!! A striker that likes to drift and pull out to the left wing, yes, but that is very different from playing in midfield.

In all the minutes Tevez has been given in a West Ham shirt, he's never once seen been played correctly, which is a disgrace, as having someone like him up front, with his close control and ability to open up defences was exactly what we needed from the beginning yesterday.

Instead we got Tevez as substitute, coming on during the second half, chasing back to the halfway line and doing the midfielders' job - albeit tackling much better than our midfielders seem able to do.

The Man City goal was a poor one to concede. Beasley had the freedom of the park as our defenders all backed off together, with no attempt to get near him, let alone try and make a tackle.

Meanwhile no place for Noble and Mascherano in the team - even when NRC is suspended.Although to be fair Mascher is apparently injured and that why he hasn't been playing . I wish that someone would tell us what's going on for a change instead of being involved in some Freemason like esotericism.

Nevertheless, our whole season encapsulated in 90 horrible minutes

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I don't think that my team are THAT good...but West Ham were absolutley awful...no wonder the fans were chanting "You're not fit to wear the shirt"

I think you will go down unless something dramatic happens at Upton Park...no passion from your players...the captain does not seem to care a toss (maybee coz he thinks he should be playing for Arsenal...Walsall more like on that performance)

I felt genuinly sorry for AC...it looked like he was gonna cry at one point..what a bunch of complete no-hopers he has interited.

WHOLESALE CHANGES will be required and I think you are really lucky to have a new Chairman who has money to spend..problem is who wants to go to a club that are heading for a return to the Championship? You know thats where you are heading if things don't improve and quickly. Which will be a shame as we really enjoy playing you :o

You Hammers fans must be absolutley disgusted with how your team has played since Christmas...and todays humilitaion has probably soured your New Year.

Hope you can get things sorted as there seem to be a lot of Hammers fans on TV.Com

Good luck...you are gonna need it

TP

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H H you could have summed that up using one word. I wont say it.

The worse thing was the look of bewildement on AC's face at the interview. It seemed he doesn't know why they're playing like this or how to get through to them. The team spirit and confidence just disappeared after the 1st goal. Can it really get any worse than this. At least there's still time to turn it around but where does he begin? On yesterdays evidence all 10 outfield players need to take a rest or be shipped off to Iraq for special duties, although Konch despite an indifferent impact, didn't let his head go down. How can we beat Man U and the goons and lose 6-0 to Reading within a couple of months. Reading are an alright side but they are still establishing themselves in the division and are not world beaters. (Good luck to them and well played but watch out next season). The goals came from set pieces or 50-50 balls lost in midfield when our players couldn't be asked to give that bit extra. The second was a shocker. The forth was a good bit of skill but we were so exposed again. Another year, another twist to the strange weird wonderful world of West Ham Utd. Happy New Year and we'll stay up with a bit of wedge from Iceland. Come on you Irons!!!

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H H you could have summed that up using one word. I wont say it.

The worse thing was the look of bewildement on AC's face at the interview. It seemed he doesn't know why they're playing like this or how to get through to them.

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555555 sorry guys, now you know what it was like for us Charlton crew for the whole of the 2nd half of last season.

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