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Man City 2 – 1 West Ham : Post match thoughts

West Ham’s 5 game unbeaten run came to an end against Manchester City on Saturday, when goals from Aguero and Yaya Toure were enough to seal the points, despite a late consolation goal from Andy Carroll.

It was another one of West Ham’s typical “away” performances, where solid defence was the priority and attacking options were limited. In truth, Manchester City could have had 5 or 6 were it not for some bad luck and some great saves from Jussi Jaaskelainen, who continued his fine run of form. City were by far the better attacking side, and maybe the best that can be said of West Ham is that they again proved hard to beat.

Carroll was again the Hammers best outlet, and if they fail to land his signature in the summer then they would be wise to have an alternative lined up as it is hard to see goals coming from anywhere else. Vitesse Arnhem’s Wilfried Bony would be a good choice, but now all sundry are after his services it is hard to see West Ham being his destination of choice.

At least it seems that there will be no sentiment getting in the way of hard-nosed business decisions, as Sam Allardyce was quoted today as saying that “To improve we just need to add better players, it’s a simple as that. If we get better players then we improve. If we can do that then we get better and we become an established Barclays Premier League side.” So hopefully there will be a sufficient transfer kitty available in the summer for Big Sam to get the players he needs. The Carroll situation will apparently be dealt with first, but things are looking a bit less optimistic on that front after reports in the Mirror that the striker has recently bought a house in Southport. It would be a shame to see him go as he has done a great job and is a firm favourite with the fans.

Finally, now the season is drawing to a close and survival is relatively assured, a lot people’s minds are focussing on the Hammer of the Year award. It’s going to be tough this year as there is no stand-out contender, but Diame, Reid, Collins, and Jaaskelainen have got to be contenders. In a year dominated by the defence, my two are Reid and Jaaskelainen, and at the moment I can’t decide between them. Both have been consistently outstanding, and I think I’ll have to flip a coin in the end! Please let me know who your HOTY is and why  🙂

2 thoughts on “Man City 2 – 1 West Ham : Post match thoughts

  1. Jo Marsh

    Nice report blokey!

    HOTY. Been causing me some headaches too. Reid has had a good season, tho seems to have been a little off the boil recently.

    Carroll has been fabulous. The difference he makes to the side now he is fully fit is nothing short of stunning. He works his guts out, and does almost as well in defence as he does up front.

    Jussi: I was so disappointed when I heard he was the replacement for Greeno. Well, all I can do is offer the man my abject apologies. With his confidence back in spades, he has made save after save after save. Many, world class.

    Since Jussi has been consistently superb all season, he gets my vote this year,

    Jo

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    1. admin Post author

      Thanks Jo 🙂

      I agree about Carroll. If he hadn’t been injured for so long there is every chance he would have been my HOTY. I hope he stays but I’m doubtful now. Let’s hope Big Sam can persuade him!

      Diame has also been great this year. I love the way he can beat 3 or 4 players as if they weren’t there. Although the final shot often lets him down, he has also scored some real crackers.

      All in all, it has been a pretty good season (for West Ham) 😉

      Mark

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