Cottee Column: West Ham need to have a Plan B

16:00 22 April 2014


Hammers are just so one-dimensional

I was at the Crystal Palace game on Saturday and I have to say that I was as frustrated as many of the fans who vented their anger at the manager after the game.

We did have our chances in the first half with Andy Carroll and Mo Diame both going close and if one of those had gone in it would have been a very different game.

But once we went behind there seemed little chance of getting back into it and some of the decisions that Big Sam made were questionable.

I can’t see the point in bringing on a second big centre forward and then taking off the wingers who are likely to provide the crosses for them.

Matt Jarvis had been playing well, especially in the first half and though Stewart Downing wasn’t at his best, he may have put in a centre that allowed one of them to score.

The problem as I can see it is that West Ham are just so one-dimensional. If things don’t go right then we tend to rely on lumping it up to Carroll when he is completely isolated.

You need to vary it up a bit, you can’t just hoof it and it is that which is frustrating the fans so much.

That leaves us looking over our shoulders again and though we should be okay, I want to see us get at least a point from West Brom on Saturday to make sure.

I am confident we can do it and I’m going for a 1-1 draw.

It has not been a great season as we all know, and we all just want to see the back of it, but we need one more effort to get us over the line before we can start to look at what should be done next season.

One of those things must be to look to have a Plan B and to my mind that means bringing in a second striker to help out Carroll.

Moyes sacking was a big surprise

West Ham stuck by Sam Allardyce when the going was getting tough for him at the turn of the year and it has paid dividends with the team all but safe.

The same can’t be said for Manchester United who have sacked David Moyes just 11 months in the hot seat at Old Trafford.

I have to say it was a big surprise to me. I like David Moyes and I thought he was the right man for the job, but money talks and as soon as they went out of the Champions League, the writing seemed to be on the wall.

I have seen United a few times this season and I have to say they have been poor in just about all of them.

But all I can say is, be careful what you wish for.

Louis van Gaal is favourite to come in, but he may well want to bring in a host of new foreign players, spend a lot more money and then try and ship out some of the players already there.

These things take time, new managers and new players need time to gel and settle in, but it seems that was not afforded to David Moyes.


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