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West Ham v Spurs

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A familiar story here, we play well, make a couple of mistakes and gift the opposition the game.

A nice sunny day, the crowd up for it, a great atmosphere for the first home game of the season. Two changes from the Wolves game with Spector coming in for the injured Illunga and Stanislas replacing the (once again) injured Dyer. Both of the changes illustrated the dangerous lack of depth we have in our squad.

Spurs looked dangerous for the opening ten minutes, with a number of attacking options, with Lennon continuing to look dangerous. As the first half progressed Cole got more and more into the game, using his stength to good effect against King and Bassong.

The chances came with Parker hitting a low effort that Cudicini did his best to make a meal of, and Cole coming on to a great ball from Spector and should have done better. Spurs had their chances too, with Huddlestone testing Green, and King hitting the bar with a header.

Just before the half-time break we had a great chance when Stanislas skinned Corluka on the left and played the ball in for Cole, but the big striker could not guide the ball in.

The second half was only four minutes old when Carlton Cole smashed in a wonder goal. He received the ball some 25 yards out from goal, flicked it up and hammered the ball past Cudicini. Upton Park went wild, for about five minutes. Cole turned villian, and for some strange reason decided to play in Mini Judas for the munchkin to smash in the equaliser. What were you doing Carlton?

The Spurs goal knocked the stuffing out of us a bit, but chances continued at both ends. Modric could have scored, and soon after it looked as though Jimenez should have won a penalty. When the third goal came it was Spurs who got it, Lennon beating Spector and hitting a decent shot past Green. Why Spector was played at left-back instead of Daprela I do not know, why sign a back-up left back and then not play him when the first choice is injured?

Hines and Nouble were thrown on at the end of the game, but had little chance to make any impact. Again, the fact that we had to throw on a couple of kids shows the lack of depth in our squad.

A good performance against a good Spurs team, but mistakes cost us dear. We need two more strikers in sharpish....

Star Player

Luis Jimenez: A constant threat to Spurs, and looks better each game.

Writer:Saul Rice
Date:Monday August 24 2009
Time: 12:06PM

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Jimenez and Cole caused us all sorts of trouble. Think you will win a lot of home games this year. A bit surprised to see you use the long-ball-tactic though - almost succeded too.....always thought West Ham played at the ground.
24/08/2009 12:20:00
Although Cole's mistake ulitmately cost you I can't remember the last time the King looked so uncomfortable against anyone. It looks for all the world like last seasons was no long as you keep him in the attacking 3rd ;)
24/08/2009 12:20:00
King is a great defender, Cole did cause him a number of problems though as you say.
24/08/2009 12:22:00
well done spammers....keep it up....if you do you should comfortably avoid relegation this year as well....Good luck on your cup final in midweek!
24/08/2009 12:25:00
A game we could have won. Linda is no left back and the Spuds had a more potent attack. More positives than negatives and Jiminez looks real class 2 or three decent players in and we should do ok this season.
iron man
24/08/2009 12:27:00
To be fair, Spurs have started the season well, can't argue with three wins. I reckon they'll be around 6th come teh end of the season.
24/08/2009 12:38:00
Cole looks a good player these days! Didnt expect the long ball football though at all!
24/08/2009 12:53:00
Anyone seen or heard of Shoe Hammer recently? Thought he might give it a miss on here today!!! COYS.
Keane Dogg
24/08/2009 14:18:00
well done hammers for a great fight you were better than liverpool. you will need to keep cole fit all season though unless you get some more attacking options(gudjohnsson) being heavily touted i see. i think we done you in the middle and we have a lot of belief at the moment which always helps good luck for the rest of the season but not too much if you know what i mean. COYS
24/08/2009 15:09:00
We gifted Spurs two goals, if we hadn't...... Modric looked good for them, Keane poor. Jimenez is going to be some player!
24/08/2009 19:00:00
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