Tuesday, March 25

Daily WHUFC News - 25th March 2014

Manager on Monday
Sam Allardyce has urged the Hammers to get back to winning ways in two
important upcoming games

Sam Allardyce has urged his West Ham United players to get back to their
best ahead of two huge games in the Barclays Premier League. The Hammers
host Hull City on Wednesday before a trip to Sunderland on the last day of
March, games which could have a big bearing on each team's final league
position. Three consecutive league defeats against Everton, Stoke City and
Manchester United has left Allardyce's side six points above the bottom
three and the manager is keen to get back to the form which saw his team
pick up four wins in February. "We've put ourselves in a little bit of
danger again, there's no doubt about that. In the two games we've got coming
up we've got to make sure we perform like we did when we hit our good spell
when we won four games on the trot. "We've got to make sure we get back to,
one, resilient defensive work which we didn't show enough of on Saturday to
keep a talented frontline at bay, and two, we have to get better in the
final third at creating and hurting teams. We didn't turn any of our
opportunities today into goal scoring opportunities."

The form of striker Andy Carroll could be crucial in the run-in with the
striker putting in a man of the match display against the Red Devils.
Carroll has made just four starts this season after a foot injury disrupted
his campaign and Allardyce feels the striker will be raring to go for the
games ahead. "In the games coming up he'll (Carroll) be very important for
us and for him to continue to play and up his match fitness as quickly as we
can. The longer he carries on playing the better he's going to get. "He's a
player that's very, very eager and very fresh, he's not fatigued as some of
the players are at this stage of the season having played the entire season.
He's fresh, he's eager and he's willing to get out there and try and improve
the team's results as much as he can.
"For us it's about playing off Andy, not off his head, playing off him into
his feet and his chest because the capabilities he has to hold the ball up.
"The amount of fouls he draws in off the opposition defenders. Marouane
Fellaini persistently fouled Carroll which gave us good opportunities to get
the ball into their box and try to score. "He'll get better as he gets
sharper and we hope he stays fit. He laid two on for Kevin against Swansea,
he scored a goal against Stoke but didn't get the chance to score any more
today. If we provide the service he'll get the goals."

Ladies return to winning ways
West Ham United Ladies secured a valuable 2-1 victory over Keynsham Town at
the weekend

West Ham United Ladies returned to winning ways with a 2-1 FA Women's
Premier League Southern Division victory over Keynsham Town on Sunday. The
Hammers, fresh from cup success in recent weeks, moved ahead of Keynsham in
the table with the three-point haul. West Ham started in fine fashion and,
when Sarah McCrea opened the scoring in the tenth minute with a left-footed
shot from distance, the signs where looking good. Lily Mellors then hit a
wonder strike on 16 minutes to put the Hammers firmly in control and they
merely needed to keep the pressure on to secure the win. However, the
visitors had other ideas and started to fight back. Towards the end of the
first half keeper Lauren Picton had to pull off two fine saves to keep a
clean sheet at the break. The second half started with both teams fully
committed to finding the next goal which could influence the result. Just
before the hour Keynsham got their break, as their striker Katarzyna Rusek
broke free of the Hammers' back four to move one-on-one with the Keeper and
the outstretched leg of Lauren Picton was enough to send the striker to the
ground giving Keynsham the penalty that was converted. The last 30 minutes
saw the Hammers hold on despite Keynsham's many attempts to break through
and, although shaky at times, the Hammers defence remained solid to give
them an important win.

West Ham United Ladies : Lauren Picton, Vicky King, Katie Bottom, Hayley
West, Danica Revell, Emily Masters, Kelley Blanchflower, Lindsey Morgan,
Lily Mellors (Zoe Lipley-Hinton 88), Cherrelle Albert, Sarah McCrea.
Subs Not Used: Jemma Beard, Jess Parlane, Danni Cliffe, Sasha Kelly

Noble admits Rooney brilliance
West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble felt his side were undone by a special
Wayne Rooney goal on Saturday

Mark Noble said the Hammers were on the end of one of the goals of the
season as Wayne Rooney's double guided Manchester United to victory at the
Boleyn Ground on Saturday night. Rooney opened the scoring with a stunning
50-yard volley which caught goalkeeper Adrian out and West Ham midfielder
Noble felt that moment of brilliance tipped the balance the visitors' way.
The England striker added a second in the opening period when Noble's
attempted clearance cannoned off him and into the net but despite the final
2-0 scoreline, the No16 did not think there was too much between the sides.
He said: "I was standing behind it [Rooney's opener], to be honest. As soon
as it came down and as soon as he hit it I said 'you've done him, it's in'.
"It looked in all the way and I think one of the boys said after that he
only hit it because he thought it was a foul. "You can't take anything away
from him, though. It is probably the goal of the season and one of the best
goals he has ever scored and he has scored some special ones. "I don't think
there was much in the game up until then and obviously for the second
unfortunately the ball came in, I saw it late and I tried to clear it and it
has hit him and gone in. "It is was his day today but, to be honest, I don't
think there was much in the game. I thought we had some chances but it
didn't fall for us."

The defeat was the Hammers' third in a row, but Noble believes they can
bounce back swiftly when they host Hull City on Wednesday. He continued:
"Obviously we've gone from an unbelievable run of wins on the bounce and now
we've had three losses in a row. "I think you'd agree with me that this is
one of the freakiest seasons you've ever seen and the tightest. "There are
probably only two teams that aren't playing for anything, Newcastle and
Southampton, and the rest of us are in a scrap, whether it is for the Europa
League, Champions League or the fight to avoid relegation. "It is going to
be tough. We've still got eight games left and we've got to put some points
on the board. "Obviously it a big game on Wednesday. Hull beat West Brom on
Saturday so they are going to have confidence, but we need to play like we
can do at home."

Arsenal 5-3 Dev Squad - FT
Live text commentary from the Development Squad's match against Arsenal U21s


Full-time: What an extraordinary game we've just witnessed here at London
Colney! Akpom struck a hat-trick for the Gunners who responded superbly to
Potts' spectacular leveller to make the score 3-3 with ten minutes left. Two
quick-fire goals turned the game on it's head again and gave the home side
all three points. Brown notched a brace for the Hammers who will be
aggrieved that they leave north London empty handed.

90+1 mins: Arsenal looking to run the clock down now as they seek to keep
the ball, but they're not being allowed to settle with some fierce pressing
from the Hammers.
89 mins: Three minutes of stoppage time indicated by the fourth official.
Time for more goals? I wouldn't bet against it.
87 mins: Fanimo crosses from the right towards the back post where Amoo
meets it. He heads it down but Iliev is there to gather.
85 mins: This game has left me lost for words! Arsenal reacted wonderfully
to the Hammers leveller with two quick-fire goals.
83 mins Goal: Akpom completes his hat-trick as the ball falls to him in the
box and he beats Guzman with a firm strike. I cannot believe this!
81 mins Goal: Arsenal go back in front. Huge groans from the Hammers as
Ansah smacks home an angled shot.
78 mins GOAL: What a goal that is! Arsenal clear out after Turgott's corner,
Fanimo lofts the ball back in where no one is picking up Potts, who sends an
overhead kick past Iliev. Take a bow!
76 mins: Guzman deals with Eisfeld's free-kick at the second attempt after
Cullen was harshly penalised for hand ball.
74 mins: A great pass by Toral who takes Potts out of the game and finds
Seimann bearing down on goal. The full-back, clearly out of his comfort
zone, strikes a first-time effort over the bar.
72 mins: Haycock makes his second change, bringing on Amoo for Sadlier.
71 mins: Sadlier charges down the left and earns himself a corner. Turgott
takes, floating the ball to the back post where Harney's header is straight
at Iliev with no great power on it.
69 mins: Glorious chance for Eisfeld who finds himself unmarked in the area
as Iwobi picks him out. He hits it first time but straight at Guzman
fortunately for the Hammers.
67 mins: Sadlier picks the ball up on the left this time and swings it in
looking for Brown. It's a tad over-hit however and Iliev catches.
65 mins: Sadlier sees a shot blocked as he tricks his way into the box.
Arsenal break but Eisfeld hits the deck too easily and West Ham regain
63 mins: Close! Hayden nearly turns the ball into his own net as Brown looks
for Sadlier on the cut-back. Iliev is just able to re-adjust and gather the
61 mins: Change for the Hammers, Makasi runs on to replace Nasha who's put a
shift in in the midfield today.
59 mins: Eisfeld has time to line-up a shot in midfield before striking the
ball just over Guzman's crossbar.
57 mins: Hayden heads wide as Toral whips a free-kick over from the right.
The defender falling over as he glanced wide.
55 mins: There's been a good response from the visitors to going behind with
Potts the latest to test Iliev.
53 mins: Great action here, but that decision could well change the momentum
of this game. The Hammers had started the half with fresh impetus but that
may stop them in their tracks.
50 mins Goal: Penalty to the Gunners. Akpom goes down under Harney's
challenge and picks himself up to score, sending Guzman the wrong way. It
looked a soft decision.
48 mins: What a start to this half! Knoyle also played his part in the goal
as he fed Turgott before the winger supplied the cross for Brown.
46 mins GOAL: Brown again! The striker finishes off a nice move down the
right where Turgott played the ball across the face for the waiting Brown
who equalises with barely 30 seconds of the second half played.
46 mins: The home side take kick-off and we're under-way again at London

Half-time: Arsenal take a lead into the break thanks to goals from Olsson
and Akpom who opened the scoring. The Hammers hit back through Brown who
struck a low effort from just outside the box past Iliev. On the whole the
home side are good value for their lead although things might have been
different had Brown's header from a Turgott corner not hit the post.

45 mins: Burke makes a last-ditch tackle to stop Akpom's shot after Iwobi
drifted past three players. Too easy for him there.
43 mins: As we head toward half-time Guzman makes another good save, this
time to deny Akpom after he cut inside and unleashed a low shot.
41 mins: Toral sends an effort flying high across the training pitches from
Iwobi's lay-off.
40 mins: Hayden trots to the touchline but looks like he might be ok to
39 mins: The players head over for a drink as Hayden recieves treatment
after putting in a heavy challenge on Brown.
37 mins: Eisfeld slides in Iwobi down the left-hand side but the linesman
flags to bring the attack to an end.
35 mins: Zelalem is controlling the game from the middle of the park as he
dictates the hosts' attacks.
33 mins: Guzman comes to the rescue as he denies Iwobi with his feet.
Arsenal are looking dangerous now.
31 mins: That goal was harsh on the away side who've looked relatively
comfortable against Arsenal's passing game up to that point.
29 mins Goal: Arsenal enjoy a spell of possession before Olsson fires a low
shot past Guzman from outside the area.
27 mins: Hayden is the first man to feel the wrath of the ref as he is shown
yellow for a handball. Seemed a harsh decision. The centre-back will have to
be careful now.
25 mins: Arsene Wenger is among the onlookers here at Colney. This London
derby has already proved more of a match than his side against Chelsea on
23 mins: Akpom has the ball in the net again but the flag is up as he slides
into convert Iwobi's cross.
22 mins: What a great couple of minutes for the visitors who've certainly
shown they're here to get the three points.
20 mins: Post! Brown nearly scores again as he flicks a header towards the
far post from Turgott's corner but is left to despair as the ball strikes
the post.
19 mins: Reward for the bright start made by the Hammers and their reaction
to falling behind. Brown joined West Ham from Arsenal in the summer and has
returned to haunt his old side,
16 mins GOAL: The Hammers draw level! Brown tenaciously wins the ball in
tandem with Fanimo off the dawdling Olsson. The striker moves to the edge of
the box before driving low past the keeper. Get in!
13 mins: The ball falls at the feet of Fanimo as Turgott nicks the ball off
Olsson in a promising position. He has a dig but pulls his effort wide of
the post.
12 mins: Sadlier tees up Potts to swing a cross over from the left but it
floats into the arms of Iliev as Brown lurks.
10 mins: An early blow for the Hammers who had looked a threat themselves
going forward. Time to consolidate and find their rhythm now.
8 mins Goal: Akpom has time to take a touch in the box before slotting the
ball past Guzman following Eisfeld's cut-back.
7 mins: Guzman forces Akpom wide as the striker collects Eisfeld's through
ball. The young keeper does well to usher him wide of the goal and forces
the forward into a wayward cut-back.
5 mins: Burke does excellently to cut out a passing move as Toral looked to
running through on goal.
3 mins: Fanimo drifts a cross over from the left-hand side but Iliev gathers
as there are no Hammers in the immediate space.
1 min: Sadlier nicks the ball high up the pitch as Arsenal try and play out.
He cuts inside and shoots but it's deflected and easily gathered by Iliev.

Kick-off: West Ham kick us off here at London Colney. A London derby with
all to play for!

1:58pm: The Hammers are the first team onto the pitch as we await the
Gunners before we can get going in this one.
1:54pm: It's a windy one up here on the gantry, with facilities not ideal
for media here at London Colney. While i'm praying that there will be no
rain for the duration of the game, the teams have headed inside to make
their final preperations.
1:42pm: Arsenal will be hoping to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat to Reading
last time out with victory against a Hammers side who are looking for their
third win in four league games.
1:30pm: We have news of the Arsenal team. Here's how they line-up: Iliev,
Siemann, Ormonde-Ottewill, Olsson, Ajayi, Hayden, Iwobi, Zelalem, Akpom,
Eisfeld, Toral. On their bench today are: Jebb, Macey, Lipman, Ansah,
1:22pm: The visitors make the short walk from the changing rooms onto the
pristine pitch that they will be playing on this afternoon to begin the
pre-match warm-up.
1:12pm: Gines Guzman and Tim Brown are out to go through their paces with
goalkeeping coach Jerome John on a beautiful sunny day here at Arsenal's
training base.
1pm: The Hammers are in the changing rooms preparing to go through their
pre-match routine as the tunes blare out.
The young Hammers have arrived at the scenic surroundings of Arsenal's
London Colney training ground for a Barclays Under-21 Premier League clash
against the Gunners. Nick Haycock's side will be hoping to add fresh
momentum to their top-four challenge with a win against their London rivals
after a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool last time out. That loss left the side sat
in eighth position in the table as they head into this clash against 18th
place Arsenal. The Gunners occupy a lowly league position having not won in
their last five matches, having suffered three defeats in their last five
league outings, although they have played only 13 games compard to the
Hammers' 16.

Haycock's team takes on a younger look to it today with injuries wreaking
havoc amongst his squad. Gines Guzman deputises in goal in place of regular
starter Raphael Spiegel. Guzman will marshal a defence which features Reece
Burke and Jamie Harney in central defence with Dan Potts moving to left-back
in place of the absent Lewis Page. In midfield, Amos Nasha is promoted from
the Under-18s to partner Josh Cullen in the centre, while Kieran Sadlier
comes in to make his first competitive start following injury. The final
change sees Jordan Brown lead the line in place of Elliot Lee.

West Ham United: Guzman, Knoyle, Potts, Nasha, Burke, Harney, Turgott,
Cullen, J Brown, Fanimo, Sadlier
Subs: Makasi, T Brown, Mavila, Driver, Amoo

Arsenal: Iliev, Siemann, Ormonde-Ottewill, Olsson, Ajayi, Hayden, Iwobi,
Zelalem, Akpom, Eisfeld, Toral
Subs: Jebb, Macey, Lipman, Ansah, Kamara

Ok, Fred
Filed: Monday, 24th March 2014
By: Staff Writer

Former Hammer Freddie Sears scored his seventh goal of the season for
current club Colchester United on Saturday as the Essex club eked out a 2-2
draw with Bristol City. The 24-year-old spent his formative years at West
Ham before signing for the Us on a free transfer in July 2012, having failed
to make the breakthrough into the first team set-up at Upton Park. Sears,
who hails from Hornchurch, marked his debut for the Hammers with a now
infamous match-winning strike against Blackburn six years ago this month.
Hailed as the new Tony Cottee, he raised the roof at the Boleyn that day
when his close-range header won all three points for Alan Curbishley's side.
However he found his chances extremely limited following the departure of
manager Gianfranco Zola and following loan spells with the likes of Crystal
Palace, Coventry and Scunthorpe, he made a permanent switch to Colchester.
His first season at the Weston Homes Community Stadium resulted in eight
goals from 37 appearances, whilst he needs just one more goal to match that
tally this season following his scorcher against Bristol on Saturday (see
video below) in his 24th appearance of the campaign. So whilst a one in
three ratio might not have Premier League (or even Championship) scouts
rushing to watch him play, it is good to see the staunch Hammers fan - who
was prolific at both youth and reserve level at West Ham - in and amongst
the goals once again.

Marouane Fellaini lucky not to get sent off at West Ham, says Sam Allardyce
Last Updated: 24/03/14 11:46am

Sam Allardyce believes Marouane Fellaini should have been sent off for a
foul on James Tomkins in West Ham United's loss to Manchester United. The
incident happened in the 84th minute of West Ham's 2-0 defeat on Saturday
and left Tomkins requiring treatment. Replays showed Fellaini landing with
his studs on the ankle of Tomkins but referee Lee Mason restarted play with
a drop ball, suggesting to Allardyce that what happened had not been seen.
"I thought Marouane Fellaini was lucky not to get sent off," said the West
Ham boss. "They've got to be good enough to spot it, don't they? That's what
their job is. "Probably the ref wasn't in the right place and that's why if
he has any doubt he can't give it. "You've got to be absolutely certain if
you're the referee that you've seen what has happened. "Hopefully James will
be OK for Wednesday." West Ham will be looking to bounce back from their
loss to Manchester United when they host Hull City in midweek.

By Sean Whetstone 24 Mar 2014 at 08:26
West Ham Till I Die
Guest Post by Nigel Kahn

As a member of the Supporters Advisory Board I sit on the Farewell to the
Boleyn sub-committee. We have been asked to gauge what fans would like to
see happen across the Season long build up to the final game in May of 2016.

Every game has the opportunity to be themed and some examples that I would
like to see are Youth Cup Final players, one game where every player to
appear in a youth cup game is remembered and where possible introduced to
the crowd either before or at half time, Overseas supporters game, where
every overseas supporters club is given the opportunity to buy tickets for
the same game and fill the Boleyn with their flags.

They are two of my choices, but this is not about my choices it is about you
and everyone else's choices and there are 19 premier league home games to be
possibly themed so every idea has the potential of being incorporated. There
are 2 questionnaires' on my website. mywhufc.net

The first questionnaire is asking for general views on the final season

The second is more detailed about what you would like to see for the final
game, My view is that once the final whistle has blown and the celebrations
have finished, when the fans walk away that night that will be THE END. No
friendly or testimonial, no tournaments or fans paying a fortune to play on
the pitch, for me the final game must be the final game. When the fans leave
it should be in the knowledge they have watched the final act of our time at
the Boleyn

Would you like to see a special kit worn for the last game and if so what
should it be modelled on, 1904? 1950's? 1970's. If you have a favourite kit
that you would like to be seen worn then it's your chance to say.

Would you like the Brass band brought back as they had in days of old or as
i said, bring back the old style small square programmes, in fact anything
you would like to see brought back from years ago then make the suggestion.

Should we have a choreographed event in a similar vein to the Bobby Moore
2013 tribute, my idea was to have each stand be given a commemorative
T-Shirt that when worn would as a stand recreate a shirt worn years ago,
imagine the Bobby Moore stand all wearing light blue T-Shirts except for 2
claret bands mimicking the away kit from the 60's & 70's.The West Stand
could have bottom half claret with the top half blue with the claret stripes
in the image of the famous 70's kit, the east stand could be white all the
way along with 2 bands across 1 claret and 1 blue like the famous old away
kit that we re-introduced in 2010, then the Trevor brooking stand could just
wear claret body with blue sides.

If you go on you tube and look at Arsenals last events that day everyone had
red or white T-shirts, I looked good but we need to be better than that.

What would you like to see in a closing ceremony, Iron Maiden, Cockney
Rejects, David Essex or even Chesney Hawks, all west ham fans that would
probably jump at the chance to be at THE END when it happens?

And then after THE END is there any memorabilia you would like to purchase
from the Boleyn Ground.

Personally I think all Season Ticket holders should be given their seat as a
thank you but the club are not going to miss out on cashing in on the demise
of the Stadium, i did argue the case at the SAB meeting but the club seem
hell bent on charging fans for their own bit of the ground to take with
Remember the club belongs to us fans and we as fans should use this to tell
the club how we think the Boleyn and those that played there, are remembered
in its final hours in the last season.

One item that is not on the questionnaire that was asked at the meeting was
what slogan could the club use for marketing and descriptive of the final
season at the Boleyn, Arsenal was used again as a marker in that they used
"The Last Salute"

This sat well with their nickname being the gunners; the club representative
wanted something similar in regards to us. I came up with "THE END" which on
the night was possibly the only answer given. The club reps were not
impressed as it is not the end they said yet it is the end, the end for
many, some I know personally, they will not move with the club due to
various reasons and so for them it is "The End".

As for those that will follow the club to Stratford then it's still THE END
as well, as it is highly likely they will never visit this part of Newham
again. Many have no family nor were they brought up in the area so why would
they come back.

Every West Hams fans footballing routine will END when we move to the OS so
for me I see no other slogan to best describe it. The club of course will
see it differently; they may struggle to see the marketing ability of THE
END, even though in the meeting I did suggest that it then leads into the
first season at the OS being called, The New Beginning for their marketing

Trying to get the last season right and trying to make it something all fans
can get involved in and remember fondly will not be easy, especially when
you're dealing with club staff that were neither born into the area nor
support the club till they arrived here, how can they truly understand the
depth of feeling towards the ground, this is not just bricks and mortar to
many, perhaps I am too emotionally attached to this place, but I will do my
best as will the others on the farewell to the Boleyn committee to try and
make sure that the match day attending fans are at the heart of all
celebrations and it's not used just as a way of selling some T-shirts with a
slogan on.

Please take the time to go to my Website mywhufc.net and click on the
farewell to the Boleyn box, there will be two links for the questionnaires
and I will share my findings once the process has finished.

Sam Allarydce believes Marouane Fellaini was lucky to avoid red in West
Ham's defeat to Man United
Mar 24, 2014 10:53 By John Cross
The Mirror

Sam Allardyce claimed Marouane Fellaini could have been sent off after
admitting West Ham are back in relegation trouble. Manchester United
midfielder Fellaini escaped punishment from referee Lee Mason on Saturday,
despite leaving his foot in on a challenge with James Tomkins. That was
double bad luck on Tomkins as Allardyce claimed he was fouled by Wayne
Rooney in the build-up to his spectacular opening goal. West Ham boss
Allardyce said: "Maraoune Fellaini was lucky not to get sent-off for his
foul on James Tomkins, but he consistently fouled Andy Carroll, which gave
us good opportunities to put balls into their box and try and score. "The
referee might not have seen it and that's why if he's got any doubt he can't
give it. "You've got to be absolutely certain if you're the referee that
you've seen what's happened. Hopefully James will be OK for Wednesday.
"They've got to be good enough to spot it don't they? That's what their job
is. If James Tomkins had fallen on the floor [in the buid-up to Rooney's
first], the referee would've have given a free-kick. "And it doesn't matter
how slight the touch is, it's enough to stop him heading the ball, and that
makes it a free-kick. Simple as that. GettyWayne Rooney of Manchester United
scores the opening goal with a long range shot during the Barclays Premier
League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at Boleyn Ground
"There was an assistant referee stood a few yards away not doing his job
properly, it was his decision - he can see it and should give it. "He didn't
and we paid a heavy price because after that it's a brilliant piece of
ability and brilliant piece of skill." The heavy price means that the
Hammers are still looking over their shoulders and Allardyce insists they
cannot rest on their laurels but says fit-again Andy Carroll can lift them
from danger. Allardyce added: "We've put ourselves in a little danger again,
there's no doubt about that, and the two games we've got coming up we've got
to make sure we perform like we did when we had our good spell, when we won
4 games on the trot. "We have to get back to be resilient defensive work -
we didn't show enough defensive resilience today, to keep a talented
frontline at bay - and we've got to better in the final third, creating and
converting. We haven't converted enough of our chances into a goal. "Andy
needs to continue to play and up his match fitness as quickly as he can. The
more he goes on the better he's going to get because he's a player who is
very eager and very fresh, he's not fatigued like many players are at this
stage of the season. "He's willing to get out there and improve the team's



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