It’s Raining Goals


And for a change, quite a few of them have been at the right end as far as West Ham are concerned. Five matches in February saw us scoring 14 times, while conceding 7. Early days yet, but Demba Ba looks to be a bit of a find. He certainly seems to be a sharp finisher and already has 3 goals to his name in just 3 starts. Cole has also found his scoring boots with 4 goals in the month. With Der Hammer also now making his long-awaited appearance in the side, we can hope to see a few more goals from midfield. So upfront, considering we also have Keane and Obinna both hopefully available soon, there’s some hope in this department at least that we now have the firepower to pull out of the relegation zone.

On the downside, our defence still looks very vulnerable. The first half performance at West Brom was among the worst I’ve seen in over 35 years of watching West Ham – and I’ve seen some truly dreadful ones in that time, believe me! Reid and Da Costa looked totally out of their depth. Yet the second half was the complete opposite as we played some quality football to earn a point and could easily have taken all three. We have to hope that we can keep the quartet of Jacobsen-Tomkins-Upson-Bridge available for the rest of the season, as the stand-ins are not up to the job at the moment. Even this first choice back four has its bad moments.

The win over the Mickey Mousers was unexpected, but very welcome. I’d say the first half was possibly the best we’ve played all season and the excellent goals by Parker and Ba were deserved. Second half was not so good, and you just new Liverpool would get at least one back, which they duly did. Fortunately, any thoughts that they could deny us the win were quashed when Cole muscled Skirtl off the ball and smashed home a third goal.

Two matches to come now against Stoke, firstly in the league then in the FA Cup. It’s vital that we carry the momentum from the Liverpool match into this Saturday’s game, as the 3 points are there for the taking if everything is right.

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