Oh What Fun It Is To See West Ham Win Away

The first one of my Christmas 3 points has come in, let’s hope that we can pick another 4-6 in the next 2 matches.

It was great to finally see us win away from home for the first time in the league since the opening game of last season. But let’s be honest, like the Wigan game a few weeks ago, this was more a case of the opposition being considerably more crap than we were. Foolham passed the ball around quite nicely for a lot of the game, helped by us giving them the ball quite a lot, especially in the first half. However, they didn’t penetrate our defence a great deal, and it was down to poor marking that they grabbed the opener from an unchallenged header. Johnson missed a great chance to double their lead and that proved costly for them.

At the end of the first half, we unexpectedly turned the game on its head, with 2 goals from Cole and Piquionne. Both were the result of poor defensive work by Fulham, although credit to the strikers for taking the opportunities when they came.

In the second half, Fulham missed 2 great chances to equalise, when Green smothered a Johnson effort, then somehow got a hand to a close range shot and tipped it beyond the far post. Then a poor header in their box by a Fulham defender fell to Cole, who turned and swept the ball inside the far post. This really summed up the game. We  took our chances when they came along, but Fulham couldn’t do likewise.

Grant’s team selection caused a few raised eyebrows before the game started, especially with the inclusion of Freddie Sears, who played down the left wing, rather than as a striker as we’ve seen him in the past. He did ok in this role, but still looks too lightweight on the ball and easily knocked off it. But I suppose Grant was vindicated by the result and it sent the travelling fans home in a festive mood. Whether he will stick with this team for the much harder visit of Everton tomorrow remains to be seen.

Thanks to striking tube drivers, I had to drive all the way to the game and spent a fortune to park in a car park in Hammersmith. At least the win meant I had something to show for the expense.

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