The unbeaten Hammers won their sixth match of the season on Saturday morning
West Ham United U18s 2-1 Ipswich Town U18s
Kieran Sadlier scored both goals as a new-look Under-18 side recorded a fine
home victory on Saturday. The Hammers' 2-1 win at home to Ipswich Town was
achieved despite the absence of a number of regulars. It moved them on to
eight matches unbeaten and extended their dominance at the top of the FA
Premier Academy League. The likes of Jake Larkins, Frazer Shaw, Danny Potts,
Kenzer Lee, Jake Young and Blair Turgott were all missing from the starting
lineup, having played in the development squad's 2-0 win at MK Dons on
Friday. Although they had to change things around and blood some U16s, it
was a performance that delighted coach Nick Haycock and Academy director
Tony Carr. After a bright opening at Little Heath, the deadlock was broken
when Elliot Lee flicked on a long clearance and the prolific Sadlier found
himself through on goal. The Irish youth international showed great poise to
lift the ball over the keeper and start the scoring.
Ipswich battled back and were able to level the score midway through the
half, and both sides had good opportunities to take the lead before
half-time with efforts that it the woodwork. More goals always looked
likely, and it was Sadlier who decided the contest with a terrific 25-yard
free-kick in the second half. There was still around 20 minutes to play and
the visitors kept the pressure on the home side. The young Hammers stood
firm for their sixth win of the season, with the team having recorded two
successive 2-2 draws in the previous fortnight.
West Ham United: Cowler, Alexander, Young, Chambers, Siafa, Ogogo, Miles,
Sadlier, E Lee, Bywater.
Loanee round-up: Hall a winner
Robert Hall and Ahmed Abdulla both enjoyed good results with their loan
clubs this weekend
West Ham United's legion of League Two loanees were out in force across the
country this weekend with contrasting emotions experienced. Robert Hall
lined up for Oxford United at home to Bristol Rovers and played his part in
a 3-0 victory, winning a penalty for the Us second goal. The 17-year-old has
scored three goals in six appearances for the Us and has made such an impact
that he is now staying on until 9 November.
Another staying on until the same date at his loan club is Callum
McNaughton, with his arrival at AFC Wimbledon combining with their surge up
the table. They recorded a fine 2-1 win at Morecambe to move up to third
place with McNaughton once again playing at the back, despite being still
Jordan Brown had his spell at Aldershot Town extended a week ago in order to
ensure he can lineup for Dean Holdsworth's men in their Carling Cup
fourth-round fixture at home to Manchester United on 24 October. Before
then, the flying 19-year-old left-back was an unused substitute in the 2-1
home defeat by Macclesfield Town.
Olly Lee is a midfield mainstay for Dagenham & Redbridge and is another to
have had his stay extended, this time until 29 October. In two months at the
club's near neighbours, the 20-year-old has started all 12 of their league
games and scored two goals. His latest outing was a 2-1 defeat at Cheltenham
Ahmed Abdulla, 19, is a third Academy ace looking forward to a Johnstone's
Paint Trophy quarter-final after helping Swindon Town progress in midweek.
He came on as a second-half sub for Paolo Di Canio's men in the 3-3 draw at
home to Hereford United while 20-year-old striker Frank Nouble could not add
to two goals in the previous three games when Gillingham drew 1-1 at home to
Higher up the Football League, Cristian Montano will hope to play for Notts
County on Sunday afternoon when the play host to fellow League One
high-fliers Hartlepool United. The match is due to be screened live on Sky
Sports, meaning Hammers fans can see how the 19-year-old Colombian-born
attacker is doing for themselves.
Dear Big Sam - An open letter to the West Ham manager
Friday, 07 October 2011 16:32 | Written by Andy Street
It was with some interest that we, at Five Year Plan Fanzine, read your
protracted attacks on Dougie Freedman in the wake of his post-match comments
after the recent 2-2 draw between your West Ham side and Crystal Palace at
Selhurst Park. Whilst many Palace fans have resorted to pure vitriol in the
wake of your somewhat inane ramblings on the West Ham Official Website and
in the Evening Standard, we would merely like to extend a cordial hand of
sympathy and friendship.
After all, given your assertions that you would find it easy to manage the
likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United, it must be quite some shock to
find yourself working in the Championship. That must be tough, particularly
having spent the GDP of a small eastern European nation on the wages of John
Carew and Manuel Almunia, and having a difficult board of directors who are
hellbent on returning to the Premier League at the first attempt.
We also know that West Ham fans can be a demanding lot, and on that front we
genuinely feel for you. It must be difficult, having been sacked from your
last two managerial roles at Newcastle and Blackburn in fairly humiliating
circumstances, and having lost your column at the now defunct News of the
World, to find yourself having to deal with a set of fans who still like to
remind everyone that they won the World Cup and are the self-appointed
Academy of Football.
That you have already lost two games at home with a large proportion of the
crowd on your back before you've even had a chance to tuck into your advent
calendars can't be nice. Admittedly you have a Premier League level squad,
which should comfortably win this league, and have already spent exorbitant
amounts of money in adding to it, but it can't be easy to get through your
methods and objectives to some of those stars when you are clearly on a
downward trajectory in your career and have been widely denigrated, derided
and disliked by fans of your last two clubs.
In these circumstances, it's utterly understandable that you would try to
shift attention elsewhere. Frankly, we would try to do the same thing. It
also makes complete sense to attempt to attack a younger manager in doing
so, since they would usually not bite back quite so quickly and particularly
given that you no longer have the backing of Sir Alex Ferguson, such is his
lack of interest in the lower leagues. Whilst many would say you have a
responsibility as a senior figure at the LMA to encourage, rather than
disparage, a bright young manager, we have to applaud you for using a
position of power for your own benefit. After all, number one always has to
come first, and we would be the first to say that with great power comes
great opportunity to sort out oneself - bravo.
It is, therefore, with great pleasure that we wish to offer you this free
t-shirt courtesy of the Crystal Palace fans, as a sort of retirement
present, since you probably won't last the season at Upton Park, and will
probably find it incredibly difficult having been sacked from three
consecutive jobs to find work thereafter. We, at FYP, always wish to
demonstrate historical awareness, and we realise that managers of your ilk
represent a bygone era, which is very much an integral part of English
footballing history and which should at no cost be forgotten. We want to
thank you, as without managers, and indeed characters, like you we would not
remember quite so readily why percentages football which predominantly
involves fighting for the second ball from a big front man is of the past,
and why young managers like Dougie Freedman, who attempt to impose a passing
style upon their players and bring through young stars, are of the future.
Moreover, when the inevitable happens and the trigger-happy board bow to the
demands of the Boleyn faithful in showing you the door, we would also like,
given your love of supporting arguments with data and percentages, to offer
you the role of FYP's Official Statistician. We will, of course, be
building the arguments ourselves, since your recent columns have shown
demonstrable proof that your interpretation of raw data could do with some
improvement, but we feel that it would provide you with a lucrative and
rewarding future career path after football management.
Finally, best of luck for the rest of the season, or at least until your P45
arrives in the post - you're probably going to need it.
Five Year Plan Fanzine