Hammers Were Inspired To Cardiff Victory By Surprising Event

Having secured a valuable 3-0 victory against Newcastle at St James' Park on Saturday West Ham were looking to gain back to back Premier League wins for the first time in a little short of two years, however possible due to enforced changes and squad rotation the atmosphere at the London Stadium was a rather stilted affair despite Hammers peppering the Cardiff goal and coming close to score on three occasions.

Match Day Live West Ham United v Cardiff City Team Line Ups

West Ham Utd: Fabianski, Masuaku, Ogbonna, Diop,, Noble, Rice.Antonio., Snodgrass, Anderson, Arnautovic, Hernandez. Subs: Adrian, Carroll, Obiang, Wilshere, Perez, Diangana Zabaleta .Balbuena
Cardiff City: Etheridge, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Gunnarsson Camarasa, Ralls, Arter, Hoilett, Paterson, Murphy. Subs: Peltier, Bennett, Ward, Smithies, Reid, Mendez-Laing, Harris

Hammers Sweat Over The General And Cress's Fitness

West Ham will give late fitness tests to Aaron Cresswell and Fabian Balbuena,'The General', ahead of tonight's clash with Cardiff City at the London Stadium. Cresswell went off early in the 2nd half against Newcastle and Balbuena picked up a nasty knock later in the same half, of the two Cresswell is most likely to not be available as he has a 'hammy' situation and that usually means at least a couple of games out even in the best case scenario.

Birmingham It Is For FA Cup 3rd Round

West Ham United have been given a home game against Birmingham City in the 3rd round draw of the FA Cup. Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold were the owners of Birmingham before selling off there holding ahead of buying West Ham. The match is due to be played at 3pm on Saturday the 5th of January 2019 at the London Stadium, although the kick off is television coverage dependant.

Team Spirit Never Better At The Still Unamed London Stadium

Helter Skelter, the Water Wheel, the Loop-the-Loop, the Runaway Train, the See Saw and the Trap Door could all be descriptions of Hammers early season form and it's possible consequences instead of being the name of snooker holes. Fast forward to now and what is blatantly obvious is the team spirit shining through the squad, they have bought in to Manuel Pellegini's philosophy and are now beginning to see the benefit of their belief.

Complacency Is Hammers Biggest Danger Ahead Of Cardiff

How many times in the past have West Ham achieved a great result and then followed it with capitulation to a team that they should beat? The answer is plenty, it is so long since Hammers won consecutive Premier League fixtures that Brexit voting was something on the horizon!

No Reunion For Arnie And Sparky

When Marko Arnoutovic helped bury Stoke City last season, their manager at the time Mark Hughes was 'less than pleased', he was particularly vociferous during the match at the Bet 365 Stadium where it was not necessary to be a lip reader in order to get the gist of his opinion of the player his club sold to West Ham for £24 Million. As a result of the minor verbal altercation Hughes was warned of his behaviour by the FA and the matter seemed to be forgotten, that was until the next meeting when unpleasantries were exchanged again.

Snodgrass Redemption Complete

After nearly two years West Ham United's Scottish winger Robert Snodgrass has finally been accepted by players, owners and fans alike as a true Hammer. Funny old game is football, Manuel Pellegrini saw enough about 30 year old Snodgrass to want to keep him at the club as opposed to selling him to Aston Villa who were very keen to reain his services given how well he had done there on a season's long loan.

Extraordinary Newcastle United v West Ham United Team Sheets

Newcastle Utd: Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Schar, Manquillo, Ki, Diame, Ritchie, Kenedy, Rondon, Perez. Subs: Woodman, Clark, Lascelles, Shelvey, Joselu, Atsu, Longstaff
West Ham Utd: Fabianski, Cresswell, Balbuena, Diop, Zabaleta, Noble, Rice, Snodgrass, Anderson, Arnautovic, Hernandez. Subs: Adrian, Carroll, Obiang, Wilshere, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Perez

Carroll Injured Even Before Newcastle Game

Take it with whichever size grain of salt you like, but there is a particularly worrying story on social media regarding the fitness, or lack of it, of Hammers striker Andy Carroll.

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