Monthly Archives: November 2011

Exclusive – Noble: Promotion is paramount – no matter how we get it

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble believes his side will be playing Premier League football next season after acclimatising to Sam Allardyce’s style.

The 24-year-old is the club’s longest-serving current player after a painfully unstable period for Hammers fans that culminated in them being relegated from the top-flight last season.

But the Irons are now second in the Championship, unbeaten in five league games, with automatic promotion back to the Premier League set firmly in their sights after a period of transition.

“I’ve just got used to it and have played probably my best stuff in the last five weeks and if I carry on I don’t think the manager will have much to say”Mark Noble

“To be honest the first few games were strange as I was used to playing the ‘West Ham way’ with way lots of passing,” Noble said.

“But the gaffer loves his stats about where goals are scored on the pitch and I’ve just got used to it and have played probably my best stuff in the last five weeks and if I carry on I don’t think the manager will have much to say.

“So much stuff has happened with chairman and managers and sponsors but it looks like we finally have some stability now with the two Davids and the manager.

“Slowly but surely we’re going in the right way and we are after promotion, it does not matter how we do it as long as we get back there.”

Noble’s form in the claret and blue of his boyhood club has also reignited speculation he could pledge his allegiance to the Republic of Ireland after hitherto failing to earn his first full England cap

“I think I am eligible as my grandparents are Irish,” he said. “I’ve been asked before and held out. I still have hopes of playing for England and getting back into the Premier League and I still believe I can do that. We will see, you never know what the future holds.”

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Posted by on November 24, 2011 in Uncategorized


West Ham vs Derby: Another home headache for Allardyce

Poor Boleyn Ground form to again cause trouble for promotion hopefuls

West Ham vs Derby: Another home headache for Allardyce

At first glance, Saturday’s televised teatime Championship clash looks like a mismatch, but there are reasons to believe that Derby will become the latest side to frustrate West Ham in front of their expectant fans.

The 7/4 title challengers, who sit second in the table, five points shy of Southampton yet three clear of third-placed Cardiff, are 4/9 favourites on account of a run of four wins in five that contrasts with Derby’s record of one in nine.

However, they have won only four of their eight home encounters, several of those stumbles coming against clubs in unimpressive form such as Ipswich and Bristol City. In addition, three of the four victories came by one-goal margins.

The Irons also enter this fixture on the back of successive away triumphs at Hull and Coventry, which is notable because they are yet to win three on the spin under Sam Allardyce.

On each of the three previous occasions that they have had a chance to complete a hat-trick, they have been held, and Derby are 16/5 to keep that trend alive with a point this weekend.

The Rams have lost on just one of their last three trips to east London and that was courtesy of a late Carlton Cole (4/1 to score first) goal in 2007-08, the season remembered as the most humiliating in their history.

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While West Ham are happy to grind out away points, Allardyce has stuck by his pledge to entertain at home, resulting in a few gripping games at the Boleyn, namely the 2-2 draw with Leeds and 4-3 and 3-2 victories over Portsmouth and Leicester.

Both teams to score appeals at 10/11, while those looking for meatier odds can find 5/1 on it being a score draw.

The return to fitness of experienced Derby duo Shaun Barker and Paul Green should ensure that the visitors remain calm when facing a likely barrage in the closing stages, and 2/1 is a big price on the first half featuring more goals.

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Posted by on November 24, 2011 in Uncategorized


Former Leeds United defender calls for West Ham target’s situation to be clarified

West Ham United target Andy O’Brien’s situation needs to be cleared up, according to former Leeds defender Dominic Matteo.

O’Brien told Leeds boss Simon Grayson he did not want to play in their game against Burnley last weekend.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has been linked with a move for O’Brien but initially thought Leeds would not be prepared to let him leave on loan.

Matteo told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “He’ll come in for a lot of criticism now, and perhaps rightly so, but the situation is very strange and it seems quite out of character for him.

“It’s not what I would have expected. It’s important that we get a more details about why this has happened and what’s gone on behind the scenes. We’re in the dark at the moment.”

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Posted by on November 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


Baldock has Premier ambition

Last Updated: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 15:39


West Ham striker Sam Baldock is confident it will not be long before he can add Barclays Premier League football to his CV.

Baldock, 22, has scored five goals in 10 appearances for the Hammers since signing for an undisclosed fee from MK Dons at the end of August. He had already fired six in as many games for the Dons this season.

The 22-year-old, the only Hammers player used in the npower Championship this season who has never played in the top flight, told the club’s official website: “It was quite easy to choose West Ham. It’s a Premier League set-up and it has Premier League ambition.

“I think if we carry on as we are, we will be there next year. The professionalism at West Ham is pretty high.

“I’m the only player in the squad who has not played in the Premier League. It’s good to learn from these types of players. The whole country pays more attention to the Premier League than they do any other division. That’s where we want to be.”

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Posted by on November 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


Taylor scores on return

Filed: Tuesday, 22nd November 2011
By: Staff Writer

Matthew Taylor made his long-awaited comeback this afternoon as West Ham’s development squad took on Ipswich Town.

The midfielder, who has been out of action for several weeks played for more than an hour as Ian Hendon’s side went down 3-2 to a strong Tractor Boys XI in the behind-closed-doors friendly close to Ipswich’s home ground.

The former Bolton and Portsmouth star put Hendon’s side – that also featured Guy Demel, who is STILL to make his debut for the club despite having joined in August – ahead on the half hour mark after nodding home an Oliver Lee cross.

However the Hammers fell apart midway through the second half, conceding three goals in the space of 14 minutes (Republic of Ireland international Darryl Murray scoring twice with Nathan Ellington grabbbing the third).

Freddie Sears gave the final score a rather more respectable look when he fired home West Ham’s second with just under 20 minutes of normal time to play.

However Sears’ goal failed to prevent Hendon’s side slipping to what was only their third reversal in seventeen outings this season, following the defeats at Weymouth (in July) and Charlton (September).


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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Uncategorized


West Ham snub QPR interest in Tomkins

James Tomkins has played well for West Ham in the Championship © Getty Images

West Ham have laughed off QPR’s £3 million valuation of centre-back James Tomkins, insisting that they are not interested in selling him to the Premier League club.

Tomkins, 22, has been in impressive form in the Championship this season and QPR boss Neil Warnock is believed to be considering a January swoop for the former England Under-21 defender.

But the Hammers want to keep hold of their prized defensive asset as they look to leap straight back into the Premier League and have no intention of selling him, especially for the £3 million fee suggested in some quarters.

A Hammers source told ESPNsoccernet: “We wouldn’t sell him for that! The player has nearly three years left on his contract. He’s not for sale.”

In fact, there is every chance West Ham will offer Tomkins an improved and extended contract should they win promotion this season.

Tomkins’ assured displays have helped the Hammers up to second in the Championship table and boss Sam Allardyce has no intentions of selling such a versatile performer, who can play right-back or centre-back.

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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Uncategorized


Milestone Met

Milestones seem to be the new in-thing!

Not long after England scored their 2000th international goal, West Ham have notched up something similar.

The equaliser at the Ricoh Stadium was our 2000th away League goal, a feat that Carlton Cole admitted he never knew about but was pleased to have scored it anyway, with him commenting after the away win that kept the pressure up on the Championship leaders, Southampton,

“Oh! Really!”

“I wasn`t aware it was the 2000th but I`m privileged to score it.”

“There`s no danger of anyone else nicking it – it`s my goal.”

“It`s like what happened to Gareth Barry. He took his goal and I`ll take mine.”

But wasn`t Barry`s later credited as an own goal?

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Uncategorized


Allardyce’s peculiar use of the Hammers youth

Sam Allardyce has been impressed by the youth system in place at West Ham since he took over in the summer but the use some of them in the loan market has been slightly puzzling for Hammers fans.

No less than eight of Ian Hendon’s development squad have joined football league clubs on loan during the first four months of the season, but Allardyce seems keen to keep players on the move and refuses to let them settle in their new surroundings.

This morning it was confirmed that striker Cristian Montano has joined Dagenham and Redbridge on loan for a month just weeks after he returned to Upton Park from loan spells at Swindon Town with Paulo Di Canio and at Notts County with Martin Allen.

The striker’s third loan spell of the season already suggests Allardyce wants to keep him on the move and help him to develop until he is finally ready to make a first team appearance for the Hammers.

Another player that seems to be dragged from place to place is fellow striker Robert Hall who has been on stunning form for Oxford United this season scoring five goals in nine games helping them to push for promotion in League two. However, Allardyce recalled Hall back to West Ham and was an unused substitute at home to Bristol City two weeks ago and has now returned on loan for a further month at Oxford.

Puzzling decisions from Allardyce continued when he allowed promising goalkeeper Marek Stech join Yeovil Town on loan while number one Rob Green was injured. Manuel Almunia was brought in to replace Green and so Stech enjoyed a successful loan spell where he saved two penalties and received a man of the match award for Yeovil.

However, Green is now fit and Almunia has returned to Arsenal but Stech was last week recalled by West Ham, suggesting he may be required at Upton Park in the near future.

These decisions have puzzled the supporters but I guess we have to trust the man in charge to make the correct decision’s when it comes to the progress of our youngsters and we will hopefully see the reward of their progress soon in the first team squad.


Source: Forever West Ham



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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Uncategorized


West Ham To Make Offer for Leeds Defender


West Ham United is looking like the most likely destination for Leeds defender Andy O’Brien after manager Simon Grayson made it clear that the centre-back would never play for the club again.

The 32-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to West Ham over the last few weeks and reportedly refused to play against Burnley at the weekend.

O’Brien told Grayson that he did no want to play in the important fixture and Leeds boss has now made it clear that he does not have a future at the club.

“It came as a shock, especially after I have backed him publicly and privately over the last few weeks,” said Grayson.

“I’ve said over the last four or five weeks that Andy O’Brien has trained really well but my bottom line is that he will never play for me again at this football club.

“He will face the ­consequences of his ­decision not to play as he would have probably played – but I won’t be trying to talk him round.”

West Ham had a loan offer for the defender turned down earlier in the season but it seems the east London club could soon land their man as Allardyce attempts to once again work with the former Bolton man.

The Hammers are keen to bring another defender to the club after learning that Winston Reid has been sidelined for a number of weeks through injury

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Uncategorized


Andy o’brien on strike

O’Brian is on strike after refusing to play against burnley.
He told his boss, Simon Grayson he really wants to leave.

West Ham will probably make a new bid later this week
After leeds rejected our loan bid earlier.

Written by Toeter

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Uncategorized