Bore draw at the Boleyn – Hammers 1, Baggies 1

First of all, due to family stuff and getting back from the UK, my musings are ridiculously late – but better than never.

This was my penultimate visit to the Boleyn, with my final game coming in two Saturday’s time. I got a fairly decent seat in the South Bank. All good. This was a game I actually expected us to win – West Brom are not in the greatest of form at the moment. No Payet or Valencia………..this was going to be a test of metal. One thing I was pleased about was that Carroll was dropped to the bench – he has not been firing on all cylinders since that goal against Chelski.

It was a lively first half with lots of good play via Lanzini and Zarate, who of late has come of form. Much maligned by BFS, he is now proving his ability and showing why David Sullivan signed him over BFS.

And it was his sublime free kick that gave us the lead in the first half. Beautifully place, the net bulging, the South Bank dancing. A little piece of wizardry and well deserved. And the pressure kept coming. Kouyate’s header missing target and Lanzini should have scored. We could have been 3-4 up by half time.

And those opportunities should have been taken. A horrible deflection off Winston Reid from Ricky Lambert’s shot levelled the score with nothing Adrian could have done. The whole back line just stopped as did Upton Park as everyone looked on in disbelief. And that gave the momentum for West Brom to press on. It galvanised them and with some crap decisions by ref Martin Atkinson, the sniff of another Baggies goal was always threatening.

It was clear that whilst Lanzini is a talent, Payet is deeply missed. The creativity was somewhat lacking with lots being played down the flanks, but running out of invention to get the ball in. To add to the dullness, Sahko pulled up and limped off with a thigh problem. Reports now suggest he could be out for 2 months…………

Enter Jelavic and Carroll, but again these two could not seem to break down the Baggies defence and score, It is at times like these where they need to come good, and I am beginning to loose a little faith, Moses pulled one wide towards the end…………it was a frustrating point.

Well at least we didn’t lose. But with 61% possession, this should have been a game that we won.

It is clear that Payet is a massive influence and that all the wins against the big clubs has had a hand via his skill and trickery. But it has been noted that players are not performing as they should. Mr West Ham Mark Noble has lost some of his effort when he should be knocking on the door of an England call up. That is not looking likely anymore.

Despite signing a fair few strikers, we could be looking for yet another in January. It has been said that Jelavic needs a chance and what better time than against Utd on Saturday. Yet once again we are still top half the table and not with our usual flirt in the bottom half.

However, stern tests are coming and therefore we need to start believing again or we could end up in free fall un-doing all the hard work of the start of the season. It could be BFS all over again.

In Slaven We Trust.

West Ham United

  • 13 Adrián
  • 12 Jenkinson
  • 02 Reid
  • 21 Ogbonna
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 14 Obiang (Carroll – 64′ )
  • 20 Moses
  • 08 Kouyaté
  • 28 Lanzini
  • 10 Zárate (Antonio – 82′ )
  • 15 Sakho (Jelavic – 74′ )

Substitutes

  • 04 Song
  • 05 Tomkins
  • 09 Carroll
  • 26 Jelavic
  • 30 Antonio
  • 34 Spiegel
  • 39 Cullen

West Bromwich Albion

  • 13 Myhill
  • 25 Dawson
  • 23 McAuley
  • 03 Olsson Booked
  • 06 Evans
  • 29 Sessegnon (Lambert – 45′ )
  • 24 Fletcher
  • 05 Yacob Booked
  • 14 McClean
  • 07 Morrison
  • 33 Rondón

Substitutes

  • 04 Chester
  • 08 Gardner
  • 10 Anichebe
  • 17 Lambert
  • 18 Berahino
  • 19 McManaman
  • 21 Lindegaard
Ref: Martin Atkinson
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