Thursday, April 17

Daily WHUFC News - 17th April 2014

On this day - 17 April
Ian Wright made an instant impact on his return from injury to guide the
Hammers to victory 15 years ago

Classic match
West Ham United 5-1 Derby County
Premier League
17 April 1999
Derby County had no answer to the Hammers' goalscoring power on this day in
1999, conceding five of the six goals scored in front of a 25,485 Boleyn
Ground crowd. Ian Wright notched his first goal following a three-month
injury absence, and his eighth in total since arriving in east London from
Arsenal the previous summer. He entered the fray as an early substitute and
notched West Ham's third goal, following first half strikes from Paolo Di
Canio and Eyal Berkovic.
Harry Redknapp's side did not let up after Wright's contribution, scoring
twice more through Neil Ruddock on 64 minutes and Trevor Sinclair four
minutes later.
Derby notched a late consolation from Paulo Wanchope, who would go on to
become a Hammers player a couple of months later, but they were well beaten.
West Ham's emphatic victory maintained their sixth position in the Premier
League, and a brace of wins from their final four fixtures earned them a
fifth-place finish.

Complete record - 17 April

2013 West Ham United 2-2 Manchester United (Premier League)
2012 Bristol City 1-1 West Ham United (Championship)
2006 Middlesbrough 2-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
2004 West Ham United 2-0 Coventry City (Division One)
1999 West Ham United 5-1 Derby County (Premier League)
1996 Aston Villa 1-1 West Ham United (Premier League)
1995 Ipswich Town 1-1 West Ham United (Premier League)
1993 West Ham United 4-0 Brentford (Division One)
1991 Ipswich Town 0-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1990 West Ham United 2-0 Ipswich Town (Division Two)
1984 West Ham United 3-1 Luton Town (Division One)
1982 Coventry City 1-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1976 West Ham United 2-2 Aston Villa (Division One)
1971 West Ham United 1-0 Stoke City (Division One)
1965 Leicester City 1-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1964 West Ham United 5-0 Birmingham City (Division One)
1954 West Ham United 0-1 Oldham Athletic (Division Two)
1948 Leicester City 1-3 West Ham United (Division Two)
1937 Aston Villa 0-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1933 West Ham United 3-1 Chesterfield (Division Two)
1926 West Ham United 1-0 Everton (Division One)
1922 Clapton Orient 0-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1920 Hull City 1-1 West Ham United (Division Two)

Played 23, Won 14, Drawn 7, Lost 4, Scored 40, Conceded 17

1964 heroes to be honoured
Join our 1964 FA Cup winners by booking your place at our star-studded
Player Awards night now!

Share a table with Hammers legends at the star-studded 2013/14 West Ham
United Player Awards in aid of the Academy at the Grosvenor House Hotel on
Park Lane on Tuesday 6 May 2014. Legendary 1964 FA Cup winners Eddie
Bovington, Peter Brabrook and Jack Burkett will be our guests for the event,
which will see the Hammer of the Year be crowned at the climax of an
eagerly-anticipated evening of entertainment. Hammers great Sir Trevor
Brooking - himself a two-time FA Cup winner in 1975 and 1980 - will also
become the Club's second Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Ten awards
will be presented to the Club's brightest current and upcoming stars in
total at the event, which is to be attended by the first-team squad and
coaching staff. You and six guests can share a table with our 1964 FA Cup
winners - the first players to land a major trophy in the Club's history -
for £3,000+VAT. The package also includes a VIP reception and luxury
three-course meal with petits fours. With 800 guests in attendance, the
event presents the perfect opportunity to entertain in style and showcase
your company. In addition to a silent auction, there will also be a live
auction in aid of The Academy, with a host of once-in-a-lifetime lots up for
grabs. To book your place or for more information contact our friendly team
on 0871 091 1811 (calls 10p/min plus network extras) or email *FA Cup heroes Eddie Bovington and Peter
Brabrook, along with the man who scored the winner against Preston North End
50 years ago, Ronnie Boyce and defender Ken Brown, will also be in
attendance at Saturday's Barclays Premier League visit of Crystal Palace.

Sadlier keen to end on a high
Kieran Sadlier is aiming for three points from the final Development Squad
game of the season

Sunderland is the last stop on the Development Squad's travels, as the
curtain comes down on their Barclays Under-21 Premier League season at the
Academy of Light on Thursday afternoon. Nick Haycock's team head to Wearside
occupying ninth position in the table going into their season finale, but
they still have plenty to play for against the Mackems. The young Hammers
know that a point against the Black Cats will be enough to secure the top
eleven finish that would place them in the top tier of U21 football next
season, but midfielder Kieran Sadlier is adamant that his side will be
chasing all three. He told West Ham TV: "We know that we want to be in top
league next year and we know that we have to win to give ourselves the best
chance of doing that. "Maybe a few results might go our way beforehand, but
we're going up there to win and I think we've got a very good chance of
doing that."

Sunderland have plenty to play for themselves on Wednesday afternoon, as
Kevin Ball's side still harbour hopes of qualifying for the end of season
Play-Offs via a top-four finish. The Black Cats are in seventh place and
require nothing less than three points against the Hammers, and Sadlier is
looking forward to a competitive game between the sides. "They're going to
be very strong. I remember playing against Sunderland a few times and
they've always got a good team. "They've got quite an experienced squad as
well, I'm not sure if they've got players on loan or not, but they're going
to be going all out for the win because they want to get into the Play-Offs.
"We'll be the same, we'll try and match them and we don't go there as
underdogs. We're going there to win."

The Hammers will be trying to avoid a third consecutive defeat when they
take to the pitch at the Academy of Light having lost to Bolton Wanderers
and Blackburn Rovers in their last two outings. Defeat against Blackburn
last time out was a narrow one, with the winning goal coming from a
free-kick which Sadlier maintains should not have been given. "Looking back
at it, we just watched the video and I think in the first half we played it
around and did ok, but I think we all know that we didn't perform to our
best. "We could have done a lot of things better. They wanted it a bit more
than us, but I think we still could have got a result. We had a few chances
and their goal came from a free-kick which wasn't a free-kick, but we have
to live with that now."

The winger will be hoping to add to his tally of three league goals for the
season when the Hammers play out their final game of the campaign, and
Sadlier is confident that both he and his teammates are ready for the task
ahead. "We have to get on the ball, play our stuff and do what we do
normally. We have to play it around and be effective in good areas. "I look
forward to every game. We're going to go up there confident and believing in
our own abilities. I remember going up there last time, it's a big pitch
which you can play it around on. It will be good, I'm looking forward to

U18s return to winning ways
West Ham United kept returned to Barclays U18 Premier League winning ways
with victory over West Brom

West Ham United ended a run of four straight Barclays U18 Premier League
defeats by coming from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Little
Heath on Wednesday. Despite this fixture being heavily one-sided in the
Hammers favour throughout, West Brom took the lead after just ten minutes
when Philip Gannon's free-kick went straight through the wall and into the
corner of Tim Brown's goal. However, West Ham recovered and dominated
throughout, grabbing an equaliser through the returning Ben Marlow on 51
minutes, before Marcio Martins buried the winner just after the hour mark.
Victory took West Ham back within three points of leaders Tottenham Hotspur
at the top of Barclays U18 Premier League South, although Spurs have two
games in hand and a superior goal difference. U18s assistant manager Mark
Phillips felt the Hammers deserved to take all three points against West
Brom. "I think we deserved to win, whereas we've played games this season
that we've won when we haven't deserved it," said Phillips. "There were
stages when I thought we weren't going to get the result, but we created a
lot of chances and kept going. "I thought that the midfield were brilliant.
Even when we lost possession in the middle, everyone worked hard to win in
back quickly. The defence were tight and the attack had so many chances in
the final third, but struggled with the important part of putting the ball
in the back of the net, which we will have to work on."

U18s manager Steve Potts again made do without a number of Academy players
who are part of the Development Squad team travelling up to Sunderland for
Thursday's Barclays U21 Premier League fixture. With skipper and leading
scorer Kieran Bywater among those promoted, central midfielder Amos Nasha
captained the team, where he was joined by Marlow, who returned to action
after being out injured for three months. The match actually started on a
positive note for the Hammers, with an attacking move that ended with the
Baggies' Shaun Donnellan head against his own crossbar. West Brom fought
back strongly, though, and went ahead after ten minutes when Gannon's
free-kick found a hole in the West Ham wall and flew past the grasp of Brown
and into the net.
After that, West Ham learnt from their mistakes and worked hard to find an
equaliser, although Marlow, Martins and Djair Parfitt-Williams all rushed
good chances to level the scores. Just before the half-time break, the
Hammers had a glorious chance handed to them on a plate, but defender Manny
Onariase mistimed his free header from six yards out.

As the Hammers came out for the second half, it was clear that some
half-time words of encouragement from Potts had given them some belief after
a disappointing run of four straight defeats and falling behind early to
West Brom. West Ham continued to push and dominate and were rewarded for
their persistence when Marlow received the ball in the penalty box before
finishing coolly into the net. The hosts were not going to settle for the
draw and immediately set about turning the game on its head by grabbing a
second. Left-back Kyle Knoyle's long run and shot was cleared by goalkeeper
Alex Palmer, before the post came to West Brom's aid to keep out
Parfitt-Williams' left wing free-kick. After 66 minutes, West Brom were
unable to withstand the pressure any longer as Martins received the ball and
finished well into the corner to put West Ham ahead. With the Hammers now
ahead, the hosts decided to continue their positive attacking play and tried
to net a third goal, although on three occasions Portuguese striker Martins
failed to beat Palmer. The win keeps the Hammers within touching distance of
the Play-Offs, with the top two teams in the North and South divisions
qualifying, although they will have to hope that third-place Fulham slip up
if they are to make it into the semi-finals.

U18s: Brown, Pike, Knoyle, Onariase, Pask (Borg), Amoo, Marlow, Nasha,
Diangana (Bailey), Martins, Parfitt-Williams
Subs not used: Guzman, Sheriff

Jarvis: I should have cheated
Filed: Wednesday, 16th April 2014
By: Staff Writer

Matt Jarvis admits that he may have to resort to cheating in future after
his honesty cost him the chance of winning a penalty at the Emirates last
night. Jarvis was clearly fouled during the first half inside the penalty
area but opted to stay on his feet instead of going to ground - and was
rewarded for his honesty by referee Kevin Friend waving play on instead of
penalising Arsenal's Bacary Sagna for the obvious infringement. As a result,
the West Ham winger belives that he may have to adopt some of the less
savoury tactics that have blighted the domestic game in recent years - as
many other teams, notably the likes of Liverpool who had been awarded 12
penalties already this season - already have to their considerable
advantage. "We had quite a few chances even before we scored and the manager
was disappointed as I could have had a penalty too," he told "I
don't know if it was a foul. I don't know if I had gone down whether it
would have been a penalty or if I had whether I'd have been booked. Maybe I
should learn from that and be a bit more clever."

Jarvis was however rewarded with his fourth goal of the campaign - a header
from close range which gave West Ham the lead in last night's game. "I was
delighted to get on the end of it and score a headed goal, which is always
nice," he added. "To score at the Emirates and put us 1-0 up and get in a
great position after a positive first half was good. I think we played
really well in the first half and got in their faces and made them make

PFA deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes says referees need to reassess
penalty decisions
Last Updated: 16/04/14 4:47pm

Professional Footballers' Association deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes
says referees need to be prepared to give penalties even if a fouled player
stays on his feet. West Ham winger Matt Jarvis inadvertently sparked a
debate after he battled to stay on his feet despite being clipped by
Arsenal's Bacary Sagna in the box in his side's 3-1 defeat at the Emirates
Stadium on Tuesday. "It's ironic because of all the furore there's been in
recent weeks about simulation and players not staying on their feet," Barnes
told Sky Sports News. "Matt is a genuine and very honest lad. I've spoken to
him and he's surprised by the storm there's been. It's a bit unfair because
he's attempted to do the right thing and leave the ref to make the decision.
"And had he gone down and not got a penalty he might have ended up getting a
yellow card so it really was the case that he couldn't win."

Jarvis has himself hinted that he may change his approach, saying he may
have to be "a bit more clever" in the future. "The difficulty is that Matt
is in the situation where the next time he's touched in the box he'll have
to very seriously think about going down," admitted Barnes. "In an ideal
world you wait for the officials to make that decision but on this occasion,
Matt has been punished for doing that. "What you'd like to see is that the
officials look at the decision and see that he has been impeded and, whether
he's gone down or not, it's still a foul. "If we're not careful we'll get to
a situation where players think they can't rely on the officials and feel
like they have to embellish things slightly - and then we get back to the
whole world of simulation. "I thought there was clear contact and whether he
went down or not there should have been a penalty. I'm not going to
criticise the refs because, what they're probably now so conditioned to
expect is that, if a player is touched, the likelihood is he will go down.
"The message is that we want to stamp out simulation and players going down
too easily but Matt has been punished for that. We're having to put more
faith in the fact that referees will actually look at incidents more closely
and make the right decision."

West Ham's Matt Jarvis thinks he may need to be more clever after Arsenal
penalty incident
Last Updated: 16/04/14 1:46pm

West Ham winger Matt Jarvis says he may have to be "a bit more clever" in
the future after staying on his feet despite a mistimed challenge from
Arsenal's Bacary Sagna. Jarvis nipped the ball past Sagna inside the penalty
box and appeared to be clipped by the full-back's challenge. But the former
Wolves player chased the loose ball rather than hit the deck, prompting a
debate over whether players should always extract the maximum advantage for
their side by going down when fouled in the area. "The manager was
disappointed as I could have had a penalty too," Jarvis, who scored his
side's goal in a 3-1 defeat, told the Hammers' official website. "I don't
know if it was a foul. I don't know if I had gone down whether it would have
been a penalty or whether I'd have been booked. Maybe I should learn from
that and be a bit more clever."

Referee Kevin Friend decided against giving a penalty after the incident,
which happened when the game was still locked at 0-0. "For years now, the
facts are that when you stay on your feet, referees do not give penalties,"
said Hammers boss Sam Allardyce. "For honesty, there is no reward, so what
do I do? A foul is a foul, it does not matter if you go down or stay on your
feet. Matt Jarvis was clipped by Bacary Sagna in the penalty area during
Arsenal's match against West Ham. "We get slaughtered for diving or being
dishonest, but when someone is honest and does not get what you should
get... so then you should go down and make the referee's mind up for him."

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said the harsh reality was that a modern-day
professional player should be doing everything to win a penalty for his
team. "He should go down," said the former England defender. "You can either
be an angel and do what Matt Jarvis did and you can get a pat on the back
off his nan when he goes home, or he can win his team a penalty. "If Kevin
Friend gives the penalty, it would have been the perfect scenario for
football. The best scenario would be if refs give penalties where a player
doesn't have to go to ground - but they never do."

By Sean Whetstone 16 Apr 2014 at 18:00
West Ham Till I Die

Translated from French football website FootMercato Diame is quoted as
saying: "Overall , my season was OK, although I think it is not as good as
last season. I started badly, but gradually I got my bearings, and now it is
pretty good. I feel very good, I hope to be still useful by the end of the
season, scoring goals, and why not reach the threshold of six goals (four
now).I'm not going to hide it, I have ambitions, and I would like to join a
big six English club. At the end of this season, I still have got one year
of contract with West Ham, so I do not know what will happen. But I do not
hide it, I'm ambitious, I want to see above. I am 26 years old , it is time
to take that step . Liverpool? I do not know if there is something real at
the moment, but I think my name is still there. But I can not tell you today
if I will be a Liverpool player or not . My priority is to stay in the
Premier League, because for me it is the best league in the world. It would
be a good thing for me to stay here, now I can not close the door to
overseas, where there are also large clubs. But my priority is to stay in
In response to Diame's comments to the french media Big Sam said in his post
match interview last night

"If he [Mo Diame] wants to go to a top-six club he'll have to perform
better." Former Liverpool player John Aldridge has urged Liverpool to
seriously consider Diame in the summer "I would urge Liverpool to keep tabs
on Mohamed Diame. He is a brute of a midfielder. A tremendous player and so
strong and powerful in that central role,and he is exactly what the Reds
need in there. Diame is certainly one for future reference".

By Sean Whetstone 16 Apr 2014 at 09:08
West Ham Till I Die

West Ham were denied a penalty against Arsenal last night when Matt Jarvis
stayed on his feet following a challenge from Bacary Sagna.

Sam Allarydce wasn't happy in his post match interview claiming there is no
reward for being honest.

'The fact is that when you stay on your feet referees don't give penalties,'
said Big Sam. 'The ref finds it very difficult to give. For honesty there is
no reward. So what do I do? A foul is a foul, it doesn't matter whether you
go down or stay on your feet. You get slaughtered for diving, but when
someone is honest and you don't get what you should get. Every team, when
you stay on your feet particularly in the penalty area, it's a critical
decision so you have to make the referee's mind up.'If there is contact, you
should go down and make the referee's mind up for him. There is no reward
for being honest. But that is not the reason we haven't won.'

Should Matt Jarvis have gone down when he felt contact or was he right to do
the honourable thing and stay on his feet?

UPDATE: Matt Jarvis has broken his silence saying: "I don't really know what
to say, maybe I should be a bit cleverer and do what other players have
done. Perhaps then, I could have got the penalty. I thought about it too
late and then, if I had gone down, it would have been a late dive."
Should players go down when they feel contact in the box even if they can
stay up?

West Ham's Matt Jarvis Hammered for not 'diving' against Arsenal by boss
Apr 16, 2014 17:04 By Darren Lewis
The Mirror

Matt Jarvis has admitted he was naive not to go down to win a penalty for
West Ham against Arsenal on Tuesday. Winger Jarvis has split football after
his honesty at the Emirates cost his side a spot-kick and the chance to
apply the pressure on the Gunners far sooner than his 41st-minute goal
eventually did.
Referee Kevin Friend did not award the Hammers a penalty after Jarvis kept
his balance instead of going down when caught in the box by Bacary Sagna,
and Arsenal went on to win, 3-1. Furious Irons manager Sam Allardyce is
understood to have made his feelings clear to Jarvis, and the former Wolves
wideman has hinted he may not be as keen to do the 'right thing' next time
around. Jarvis said: "The manager was disappointed as I could have had a
penalty. "I don't know if it was a foul. I don't know if I had gone down
whether it would have been a penalty or if I had whether I'd have been
booked. "Maybe I should learn from that and be a bit more clever." Relieved
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, whose top-four bid was back on track after the
win, predictably praised Jarvis for staying on his feet. Wenger said: "I am
grateful for that. I don't think it was a penalty, but he [Sagna] touched
him, yes. "Can you be too honest? I leave you that judgment. You want people
to be honest if you thought it was a penalty. "Maybe if he made a theatrical
dive he would have got it." Allardyce was far more strident and has told his
players in no uncertain terms that if they are caught they should make the
officials' minds up for them. Big Sam said: "For years now, the facts are
that when you stay on your feet referees don't give penalties. The ref finds
it very difficult to give. For honesty there is no reward. So what do I do?
"A foul is a foul, it doesn't matter whether you go down or stay on your
feet. You get slaughtered for diving, but when someone is honest you don't
get what you should get. "Every team, when you stay on your feet
particularly in the penalty area, it's a critical decision so you have to
make the referee's mind up."

Hull face transfer fight with West Ham and Stoke over Tottenham's Jake
Apr 15, 2014 18:40 By Bill Cooper
The Mirror

Steve Bruce is facing a fight with big pal Sam Allardyce and former
Manchester United team-mate Mark Hughes to land Jake Livermore this summer.
Hull boss Bruce has made Livermore his priority signing after the
midfielder's crucial contribution in helping the Tigers hang on to their
Premier League place and reach the FA Cup Final in his season-long loan from
Tottenham. Bruce has already been told he can have the £6million it will
take to prise Livermore, 24, out of White Hart Lane - but West Ham and Stoke
are joining the chase for his signature. Hammers boss Allardyce and Potters
chief Hughes are both looking to strengthen in midfield, and they are
targeting Livermore after his impressive campaign on Humberside. Tim
Sherwood has also noted Livermore's form, and was planning to offer him a
new deal with the North London outfit. But Sherwood's imminent axing as head
coach has put a fresh question mark over the England international's Spurs
future. Livermore has already indicated he would be happy to seal a
permanent switch to the KC Stadium, but he admits:"I haven't got a clue
what's going to happen in the summer. "I don't know anything but, as long as
I am playing next season, I'll be happy. "It's great at Hull, and I have
really enjoyed my time here. I came to play regular first-team football
after a terrible season at Tottenham, where I was in and out of the team for
various reasons.
"It has been a fresh start for me and a breath of fresh air for someone like
Steve Bruce to have a bit of faith in me and say 'just go out and play'
every week.
"It has been a pleasure to play here - and enjoyment is a massive part of

West Ham to resurrect Joleon Lescott transfer from Manchester City in the
summer window
Apr 16, 2014 20:11 By David Anderson
The Mirror

Sam Allardyce will try again to land Joleon Lescott when he leaves
Manchester City on a free this summer. City will not offer Lescott a new
deal and the defender has made up his mind to go on a Bosman because he is
not a first choice under boss Manuel Pellegrini. Allardyce failed with a bid
to sign Lescott in January because Pellegrini was reluctant to let the
centre-half leave when the Blues were chasing a Quadruple of Premier League,
European Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. The highly-experienced Lescott has won
the clean sweep of domestic honours during his five years at the Etihad and
Big Sam feels he would strengthen his backline. Lescott, 31, is prepared to
accept less than his current £90,000-a-week salary when he quits City, which
would make him affordable for West Ham as a free transfer. Besiktas also
remain keen on the former England international after targeting him in
January and are prepared to offer him over £100,000 to come to Turkey
Lescott wants to weigh up all his options before deciding his future and is
adamant he can still perform at the top level.


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