Search

West Ham boss needed to make playing against 10-men count

10:08 17 August 2014

Archant

Our West Ham blogger says nobody should call for the manager’s head

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

There are three reasons why we didn’t take our sweet winning run against Spurs to a fourth in succession.

Firstly Mark Noble’s inexplicable penalty miss, secondly Sam Allardyce failing to make an attacking change whilst we had the man advantage and lastly James Collins’ sending off.

West Ham United's James Collins (second right) reacts as he is sent off by referee Chris Foy during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.West Ham United's James Collins (second right) reacts as he is sent off by referee Chris Foy during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

Last season when we beat Spurs at home Younes Kaboul was sent off and not long after we went 1-0 up and the game from that point on was easy, we took control and ended up winning very comfortably. This time, however, we didn’t take our chance when Mr dependable himself Mark Noble missed his first pen in God knows how many years. If Noble had tucked it away it would’ve been a totally different game; one we would’ve won comfortably in my view.

Lord only knows what Sam was thinking by delaying making any kind of tactical change to exploit our man advantage; I’m sure with hindsight our much maligned manager wishes he’d thrown on Zarate or Diame earlier, but by not forcing the issue we let Spurs off the hook and allowed them back into the game.

One could even prophesise that with more of an attacking intent shown by the home side James Collins wouldn’t have had to body check Adebayor and we wouldn’t have wound up down to 10 men; I think we all realised when it was 10 a piece if any side were gonna win it, it was going to be them.

The last of the aforementioned reasons we lost the game was James Collins’ sending off, Sam lacked the guts to go for the jugular, however had Collins not got sent off on 60 odd minutes I’m sure we would’ve finally seen the attacking changes we craved whilst we still had our numerical advantage, and who knows maybe they would’ve come off.

Unfortunately these three factors all blended into a cocktail of frustration and bitter defeat; there were some positives though: Aaron Cresswell and Cheikhou Kouyate had excellent debuts and Stewart Downing was a constant threat.

Last season after our hat-trick of wins over Spurs I don’t recall anyone requesting Sam be handed an extension to his contract, so by the same token I think no-one should be calling for his head after our first defeat in four to a side that spent over 100 million on their squad only 12 months ago.

We won our opening day game last season and went on to endure rather than enjoy the season, so similarly just because we lost our opening fixture doesn’t by any means mean we’re in for another season of struggle.

When we can add a fully fit Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho to this team I’m sure we’ll see a marked improvement.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford Sports News

18:00
Jon Cook of Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Belle Vue Aces are the visitors to Purfleet track

Leyton Orient players take part in a lap of honour after their final match at Brisbane Road of the 2015/16 season against Mansfield Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Brisbane Road club have number of players that could depart in the summer once the current campaign finishes

Leyton Orient midfielder Lloyd James gives the thumbs up to the Brisbane Road crowd (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Captain at the weekend admits he would like to remain at Brisbane Road after enjoying all four years with the club

11:05
Jimmy Shepherd made his debut for Dagenham & Redbridge against Crawley Town on Saturday, seen here trying to get past Lyle Della Verde (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Young defender delighted first start ended with a win at home to Reds

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe