Friday, 4 November 2011

A Tale of 3 Cities! (Leicester, Bristol & Hull)

First Came Leicester City at home, we played well for 35 minutes and went two nil up after 22 minutes, the remaining 55 minutes were a nervous watch as Leicester City came back into the game. A win was win and we accepted all 3 points gratefully at the end of the match.

Next came Bristol City for our midweek evening game, many season ticket holders around us in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower stand said it was our worst performance of the season. It was a very painful watch. Bristol City set out their bus and seemed set on a draw from kick off. 

However once they hit the post after a Green and Tomkins mis understanding which involved in argument between the pair afterwards then Faye cleared another Bristol shot off Robert Green's goal line. In some ways I thought we were lucky to escape with a point. We had a good spell for about 15 minutes in the second half but we didn't take our chances.

Frédéric Piquionne was by far the worst player on the pitch and missed three clear cut chances to put us in the lead. The biggest disappointment was when Big Sam took off Sammy Baldock and replaced him with Carlton Cole. This act was greeted by many boos from much of the crowd. Carlton Cole did no better and fired shot after shot sky wards 20 feet over the cross bar. 

A disappointing and frustrating evening for all those who went. But as Big Sam says we must respect the point. I am starting to feel about Piquionne as I did about Ilunga.

The only small element of excitement was Amy Childs appeared at half time with West Ham announcer Jeremy Nicholas. I must admit I had no idea who Amy Childs was or what TOWIE is until some mentioned it stood for 'The Only Way is Essex'. He confessed she is a big hammers fan and it is rumoured she will model West Ham ladies wear for the West Ham store. She certainly looked good in her tight West Ham shirt although not sure I go for the orange tan, caked on make up and false bits and pieces myself.

I also did another Interview on Sports Tonight TV LIVE about the Bristol City Match and the Boo's from West Ham fans at the game.

It also covers the story of Sam comments on the boos at the game as reported in the Sun


The final of the 3 Cities is Hull City away this Saturday which could be a tough test 

Hull City won nine of our 36 league meetings with them. The Irons have won 13, with 14 drawn.
This is our first clash since both were in the Premier League in the 2009/10 season. West Ham scored three goals in each of the last two meetings.
West Ham have only recorded three league wins on Hull turf. The most recent of those was 1-0 in September 1954!
Hull's 2-1 defeat to Barnsley on Tuesday ended their nine-match unbeaten sequence.
West Ham are yet to beat a top seven club.
The Hammers need to score three times on Saturday to total 2,000 league goals away from home.
Hopefully John Carew will return from injury and could be available for selection on Saturday. Winston Reid will be out for 6 weeks and Sam is looking at bringing in the highly rated Nedem Onouha  on emergency loan from Manchester City.
My prediction is a  4-5-1 with a 2-1 away Victory
Come on you Irons

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