Two games in a matter of days. Both 1-0 wins. Both goals scored by Michail Antonio.
I was going to write about the Sunderland game, but decided to muse about both games together. The lunchtime kick off on Saturday was not a pretty affair at all. In fact it was rough and boring throughout most parts of the game. It was also Big Sam’s first step back to the Boleyn since the Hammers parted company with him. Slaven Bilic urged fans to respect what he did for West Ham, and I believe that most of the fans did so. After all he got us up and kept us up – and gave us a platform that Slaven has built on this season.
It was a great goal from Antonio with his left foot, and he if finally finding his feet within the side after a long period of doing bugger all. A hit and a half as well as a daft celebration. But apart from that, there was very little to get excited about. Noble hitting a screamer from around 25 yards out but chipping the crossbar in the first half. Second saw Carroll hammer the cross bar as well, coming on as a sub and the almost farcical Rabona by Wahbi Khazri!
I am experimenting by adding the highlights to the blog – lets see if it works (it might get deleted due to rights, etc).
The Spuds game could have been called the biggest game of the season. Firstly it was the last time that the Spuds played the Hammers at the Boleyn and with a win, Spuds go top. There was already tension outside Upton Park Tube with rival supporters looking for a row with Plod and the Hammers faithful.Stakes were high.
And in the first half West Ham were the dominant side with Antonio popping up again in the 7th minute, meeting Payet’s corner. 1-0 Hammers. And it was more or less the same for the first half. Lots of pressure and almost chances.
Second half, you sense Spuds had a point to prove and were looking for that equalizer and winner. 60% possession they really pressed forward. However, resilience stood firm and West Ham – under the kosh – did not crumble as has been done in many a time before. Harry Kane very muted, who recently had been the bain of many a side.
And the last 10 plus injury were tense beyond belief – even I had the old sweaty palms going on but a famous victory in the final season at the Boleyn.
It is a mental season in the Premier League so far – all the top side below Leicester City failed to win and now we are 6th and one point off a Champions League spot. An incredible season so far – and to think that we could have had Rafa Benitez instead.
In Slaven We Trust.
Subs: Randolph (GK), Song, Henry, Dobson
Goal: Antonio 7
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (c), Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer (Carroll 77), Davies, Dier, Mason, Lamela (Son 69), Chadli (Alli 61), Eriksen, Kane
Subs: Vorm (GK), Walker, Rose, Onomah, Carroll
Booked: Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies
Referee: Andre Marriner