Sunday, 25 September 2011

A Win is A Win is A Win

My Man of the Match Abdoulaye Faye

The match statistics speak volumes for yesterday's game. West Ham had 16 attempts on goal with 9 on them being on target. However the BBC match statistics also claim Peterborough had 11 attempts on goal with 5 of them being on target. I question this as Robert Green had a quiet afternoon relaxing in the autumn sun much of the match.

BBC claim West Ham had 54% of the possession with Posh on 46%, again I would disagree it seemed much more one sided  at the match and I thought we dominated possession.

West Ham had 9 corners to Posh's 3. West Ham committed 5 fouls (two of them by late sub Carew) while Posh managed 7. Lansbury picked up a late yellow card and former hammer and Posh skipper McCann also picked up a yellow.

Statistics aside it was a great atmosphere with nearly 30,000 fans watching the match, 2,500 being from Peterborough. This is amazing since their average home gate is the lowest in the league at 8,000. I met some Posh fans on the tube and got the impression this was their cup final day out and they expected to lose.

The Sir Trevor Brooking lower crowd were in good singing form and we started singing 'How Shit Must you be, we are winning at home' after Noble converted a penalty after 11 minutes.

The rest of the game was typical West Ham, a day of missed chances. We just couldn't finish. Cole, Bentley, Nolan, Lansbury all came close but the ball just wouldn't go in.

Nolan looked bright in the first few minutes but tailed off quickly and had another poor game.

Mark Noble had a great game after converting the penalty and played his socks off. Matty Taylor was better but not as good as he has been for us. Sam later claimed he had a slight calf injury.

The real story for me was defence Abdoulaye Faye was absolutely outstanding and the man of the match for me. The sponsors man of the match was given to Mark Noble but I am sure that was more to do with the people choosing wanting to meet Noble.  Faye won't be giving up his place any time soon and looks a tower of strength.

O'Brien was the weaker of the four for me but Sam said post match he had a tight hamstring. He also claimed Carlton Cole had a heavy cold and couldn't last the whole match. If he had a heavy cold then why did he start? Strange! I thought Cole was better than Carew (who didn't have a cold)

The STB Lower also had lots of banter with Sam Baldock. Sam seemed genuinely chuffed when the Sir Trevor Brooking stand continued to sing his name as he warmed up down the side lines. 

Anyway a win is a win is win! All 3 points and 4th in the league with 17 points is good for me.

If we are winning and averaging 2 points per game while not playing not well then that's got to be good in anyone's book and the sign of an automatic promotion team.

Imagine what we can do when we start playing well.

Ipswich on Tuesday which I am predicting as another home win then Palace away which I think we will also win.

I am looking forward to the evening game on Tuesday night, should be a great atmosphere!

Come on you Irons!

We will recording MooreThanJustAPodcast episode six tomorrow evening to expand on the Posh match and the forth coming games. 

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