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Nolan: Vaz Te can fire West Ham into Premier League

Ricardo Vaz Te

By talkSPORT | Wednesday, April 11, 2012

West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan is backing Ricardo Vaz Te to score the goals to help the club gain promotion back into the Premier League next season.

Despite the Hammers dropping more crucial points at home against Birmingham on Monday, Nolan feels they have still got enough quality to gain promotion.

West Ham are currently six points behind Southampton and Reading with just four games left to play.

Hopefully he will get rewarded for that by scoring more goals before the end of the season and getting his chance back in the Premier League next season— Kevin Nolan

But having scored seven goals for the east London club following his move from Barnsley back in January which includes five in his last four games, Nolan feels the Portuguese striker is one of the hottest strikers in the Championship and can play a major role in helping the club reach the top flight.

Nolan said: “I have known him since he was a 16-year-old boy and he has been a great kid. When he came to Bolton he had a massive future ahead of him, but he had a knee injury and it sort of stopped him.

“But he is a lad who went to Greece to make sure he stayed in the game and then went off to Scotland to play for Hibs. This year he has been brilliant for Barnsley and that is why he got the move.

“He deserved to come here and since he arrived he has been a breath of fresh air. He is a pacey forward type winger. He is great in the air and he is also a good kid to have around.

“It is just great to see a lad who you have known since he was 16 and he is growing up and doing the right things and hopefully he will get rewarded for that by scoring more goals before the end of the season and getting his chance back in the Premier League next season.”

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Posted by on April 11, 2012 in Uncategorized


Nolan advocates long-ball game

Captain tells Hammers to be more ruthless, if they want to win promotion

Image text hereKevin Nolan: ‘West Ham way’ may not be the way to secure promotion

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Kevin Nolan believes West Ham United can still clinch automatic promotion, if they concentrate on hurting teams.

Speaking after the Hammers recovered from 3-1 down to draw with Birmingham City, the skipper admitted the Upton Park side must gain maximum points from their last four games to have a chance of avoiding the play-offs.

He told the London Evening Standard: “It’s not all done and dusted yet. We have to win every game now to give us a chance of going up automatically.

“We really have to give it a big push now. If that doesn’t work, then it’s the play-offs, but we have to make sure that, from now until the end of the season, we get the basics right.”

Win ugly

And Nolan says that the fans’ desire to play attractive football may have to be tempered to get results as Monday’s draw with Birmingham was West Ham’s seventh home game without a win.

He continued: “We got sucked in to just keeping the ball and not hurting them. We’re conceding sloppy goals when we have control of the game.

“We should have played some more long balls, to open up the game and try to get between their midfield and the back four.

“We should have played some more long balls, to open up the game and try to get between their midfield and the back four”
Kevin Nolan Quotes of the week

“There were a few things said to a few people at half-time but to be fair we have a great bunch of lads here, and we have to be able to tell each other when we’re not doing the right things.”


Nolan was booked after protesting to the referee, who failed to award the Hammers a penalty when Carlton Cole was pulled back by Steven Caldwell.

The captain said he had spoken to the striker about his reaction to the foul.

“People are going on about ‘divers’ in the game all the time, but Carlton, the honest lad that he is, decided to stay up after being pulled back.

“I said, ‘If you want the penalty, you have to go down’. If you’re honest, it seems, you don’t get it.”

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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Uncategorized


Another Bad Day at Upton Park!

The realization has hit home that, courtesy of the result yesterday, it is highly unlikely that West Ham will reach the Premier League via one of the two automatic places available.

Indeed, Big Sam has been man enough to admit that it`ll need Reading to slip up if the situation is to change.

Following the fixture, Big Sam spoke about this whilst also lamenting some poor defending that cost us dearly in what was an atrocious first forty-five minutes, commenting,

“I told the players before the game that if you come off the pitch with a clean sheet, you`ll win the game. But I must have been talking Swahili.”

“Our first half suicide was unbelievable. When setting out to win a game you must be aware of what the opposition do and we played straight into their hands.”

“We punished ourselves by giving the ball away cheaply in the first half and then they got two great finishes.”

“The only way back for us is if Reading slip up at Brighton, Southampton beat them on Friday and we win all four games left.”

Now if those four games were all away from home we might just do that, but…………
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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Uncategorized


Cheaper Tickets?


A cunning ploy!

I`m not sure if Karren Brady was trying to talk up our chances of emerging as the ideal candidate to move into the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 games have been completed and the Stadium modified, but she had a good point to bring to the table yesterday.

It was almost as if Karren wanted to keep the Olympic feel-good factor going when she mentioned that by moving into a larger capacity stadium it would give West Ham United the chance to lower ticket prices to enable more of the younger generation to become involved with the club.

Naturally, we assume, Karren has done her sums and knows that lowering the prices but with an increased capacity, providing the tickets are shifted, means that match-day revenue can still be increased.

The only downside being that a large swathe of the Hammers support is against the move in the first place!
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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


West Ham Fans Don’t Understand Olympic Move


Wednesday 3rd April 2012

Karren Brady has told LBC 97.3 she doesn’t think the West Ham fans “understand” why the club wants to move to the Olympic Stadium – but once they do they’ll fully support it.

She’s also blamed the way the competition is being run for not allowing them to show off their plans to fans.

The Hammers vice chair, who can see the Olympic Park from her boardroom window, has been leading on the East London’s clubs plans for more than 2 years. West Ham were nominated as preferred bidders last year to takeover the Stadium from 2014 before a legal challenge from London rivals Spurs & Leyton Orient forced the process to start all over again. Now they’re one of four bidders looking to become ‘tenants’.

Asked by our Olympics correspondent John Cushing whether she thought West Ham fans want to go she admitted many still need persuading but its not their fault.

“I think the fans don’t understand what it means to go. I think if their view is that what West Ham will do is pick up goalposts on a Friday and play there on a Saturday then I don’t think they do want to go. If they could see the vision we have for it that makes it a world class football stadium – I mean a stadium for football as well as stadium for athletics and that would mean certain different configurations in winter compared to summer months then I think if they understand the facilities, the views and the easy location in terms of transport they would understand that, but because of the way competition is run we’re not allowed to visualise for our supporters what the stadium will be if lucky enough to move their.”

A spokesman for the London Legacy Development Corporation (formerly the Olympic Park Legacy Company) said it was to make sure the competition was “robust” and fair to all.

The Olympic Stadium will become the home of British Athletics after the London Olympics and will stage the 2017 World Athletic Championships. The University of East London and Essex Cricket Club confirmed to LBC 97.3 last week they are also jointly bidding to use the stadium – but Ms Brady is quite clear West Ham and Athletics are the perfect permanent match.

“In terms of sharing the stadium I think as many uses as possible will make it very viable but I think there needs to be anchor tenants. It has to centre around football as the winter sport and the summer sport being athletics and then if can slot in pop concerts and one off large sporting events then I think that helps make stadium viable as well as community use.”

And fans used to going to the Boleyn Ground or Upton Park will also have to get used to a new name. The Legacy Company are looking to seel ‘naming rights’ but “as long as looks and feels like home for West Ham that’s all we care about – and I mean look and feel – we’ve got certain traditions we’d like to take with us and that will be important to us.”

Karren was speaking as her book ‘Strong Woman – Ambition, Grit and a Great Pair Of Heels’ which is now.

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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Uncategorized