Survival With Style

The phrase 'mathematically safe' can now be erased from the memory of West Ham supporters, at least for now, as the team held on for a well deserved draw away to a resurgent Manchester United at Old Trafford. Paul Pogba's leaping salmon hand ball from a Declan Rice srtike was the cue for 'big mick' Antonio to step up and take the penalty that was awarded. Many Hammers fans watched on with trepidation as Mr West Ham, captain Mark Noble, ceded the penalty taking role that he has made his own over the years in order for Antonio to reach double figures for this season's goal scoring.

Manchester United v West Ham United Team Sheets And Bench

Manchester: De Gea, Fosu-Mensah, Williams, Maguire, Lindelof, Matic, Pogba, Fernandes, Greenwood, Rashford, Greenwood. Subs: Romero, Mata, Lingard, Fred, Dalot, James, Ighalo, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay.
West Ham: Fabianski, Cresswell, Johnson, Diop, Ogbonna, Noble, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Bowen, Antonio. Subs: Randolph, Balbuena, Yarmolenko, Anderson, Lanzini, Wilshere, Haller, Masuaku, Coventry.

TV 'Dilly Dallies' Over Irons v Villa But Moyes Is Busy

Perhaps it is because there have been so many Barclays Premier League games broadcast since project restart that details regarding coverage of the final day's games are still not confirmed, especially the Irons final game of the season against relegation threatened Aston Villa at the London Stadium.

Trouble At The Bubble Moyes Looks Out For In

Josh Cullen had his loan spell at Charlton from West Ham extended due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and is due to return to his parent club when the season finally ends, his current contract with the Irons is due to end on 30.06.2021 and important decisions need to be made for the player and club as to how best to move forward.

Wham Bam Thank You M'am 3-1 Will Do!

Like him or loathe him you cannot begrudge David Moyes' moment of joy, the much maligned Hammers manager, often portrayed as a cartoon zombie, 'ressurected' the fettid and rotting cadava of a team that he inherited from the previous 'daddy of them all' zombie on watch Manuel Pllegrini. There were two exceptions to the bloated imbalanced squad that Moyes had to motivate and mould after taking over the club's management for the second time, his two acquisitions during the January transfer window, Jarred Bowen and Tomas Soucek.

West Ham United v Watford FC Team Line Ups And Bench

West Ham: Fabianski, Johnson, Ogbonna, Diop, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Noble, Fornals, Bowen, Antonio Subs: Randolph, Balbuena, Yarmolenko, Anderson, Lanzini, Wilshere, Haller, Masuaku, Coventry
Watford: Foster, Femenia, Dawson, Kabasele, Masina, Cleverley, Doucoure, Sarr, Hughes, Welbeck, Deeney Subs: Gomes, Mariappa, Chalobah, Cathcart, Joao Pedro, Gray, Quina, Pussetto, Pereyra

Pump Up The Volume-But Not Smith!

Broadcasters have been asked to increase sound levels for this evening's match between West Ham United and Watford FC at the London Stadium, it is felt that a game of such importance warrants additional crowd noise as the encounter would have provoked 'intense' verbality had it been held in front of a 60,000 crowd as it would have been pre covid-19.

Forward The Six (Five) Hundred!

Tonight's game against Watford has taken on almost biblical importance for many west ham fans who were born to be claret and blue, results were mixed for the other teams down in the mire and a clearer picture of what is required to survive is emerging. Three points from the remaining three games would guarantee safety irrespective of any other team's results, Watford at home, away to Manchester United for the penultimate game and finally the home game against Aston Villa.

Be Careful What You Wish For-Hull City

In January of this year Hull city FC were well set for a play off place, they were eighth in the Championship and they just needed an extra push for the chance to re-join the Barclays Premier League, so what happened to their charge? Put quite simply, money, but here's the rub, in an attempt to replenish their bank account temporarily, Hull City made the cardinal error of not being content with what they had.

So, All Quiet On The West Ham Front Until Friday!

For the players the days off between last Saturday's lunchtime dismantling of Norwich City FC and the crucial Friday night so called £100 Million shoot out against fellow strugglers Watford have been warmly welcomed, not so for the West Ham United fans though. The eagerly anticipated Friday night confrontation will go a long way to decide whether either or both clubs survive or thrive in the fight to stay in the Barclays Premier League.


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