So, West Ham scraped through against Cardiff last night, after nearly throwing the game away. Cardiff should have been dead and buried by half time, but the usual curse of the Hammers not taking their chances allowed Cardiff to draw level and nearly spoil Sam Allardyce’s 100th game in charge.
West Ham’s winner was scored by wantaway striker Ricardo Vaz Te, who clearly has demonstrated by now that his best position is up front and not stuck on the wing. Whether Big Sam will realise this is another matter. The cross for Vaz Te’s goal was provided by Jack Collison who, by all accounts, had a good game. Collison has become the forgotten man lately, and since his knee injury a while ago he has seemingly failed impress the manager enough to warrant a place on the pitch. Perhaps now Mark Noble has to serve a suspension for his recent sending off, Collison could have a chance to show Allardyce what he is missing.
Modibo Maiga started up front again last night, and surely by now the manager must realise that he is never going to be good enough, especially when playing the favoured (by the manager at least) tactics of one up front. Mladen Petric has shown promise but is still a way of being completely match fit, and likewise Carlton Cole is still attempting to prove his fitness before any decision is made about his future. That leaves the youth, and I feel it must be really frustrating for the likes of Elliot Lee who has shown promise in his limited amount of pitch time, but seems to be unfavoured by Allardyce.
Ravel Morrison had another good game and scored a great goal. I just hope that now he has sorted his head out and is doing the business on the pitch, West Ham manage to hold on to his precocious talent, as I can see a host clubs being interested in him in the near future.