The Premier League finally got under way on Saturday, and the West Ham fans turned up in droves to witness a new era in the club’s recent history. After a disappointing season last year, the owners made it clear to Sam Allardyce that they wanted to see a change in the footballing ethos, with attack being the best form of defence being the new mindset. To back up their demands, the owners have dug deep into their pockets and brought in a raft of new attacking talent including Kouyate, Valencia, Zarate, Poyet and Sakho, plus defenders Cresswell and Jenkinson.
True to his word, Sam Allardyce chose a team to set the pulse racing, and prolific striker Carlton Cole was the centrepiece of an attacking 4-5-1 formation. The new players were prominent on the substitutes bench in a 1-1-1-1 formation, although the physio had to called on a couple of occasions due to splinter issues on the nether regions.
West Ham had a stroke of good fortune in the first half when Naughton was sent off for Spurs, and Allardyce took advantage of his team’s extra man by getting everyone behind the ball to make sure Spurs didn’t score, because you know how hard ten men are to beat. After an hour, Allardyce showed his astute tactical knowhow again and succeeded in pressing home West Ham’s advantage by taking off a defender and replacing him with, um, another defender. Not to be content, though, Allardyce outdid himself after 81 minutes by throwing caution to the wind and giving Valencia his first taste of Premiership football. Valencia came on for ….Cole, and the new formation saw him thrust into the opposition’s half, although not by much.
Unfortunately, Spurs managed to take advantage of the Hammers’ relentless attacks by nicking a goal right near the end. Life sucks, eh Sam?
Give me strength!