Search

West Ham sticking by Big Sam was the best decision ever

19:17 23 February 2014

Kwame Boakye West Ham fan

Kwame Boakye West Ham fan

Archant

Hammers blogger Kwame Boakye can’t get enough of the West Ham revival

West Ham United's Kevin Nolan celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the gameWest Ham United's Kevin Nolan celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game

Fourth win on the spin, top of the form table, most clean sheets in the league and now a point better off than at the same stage last season...what a month February has been!

The decision the board made in sticking by Big Sam is now fully vindicated; all the sides that made a switch at the first sign of trouble are now below us in the league.

If as some fans demanded we’d made a switch and plumped for Glenn Hoddle, Malky Mackay or Roberto Di Matteo would we now be sitting 10th after 27 games? Somehow I just don’t think so.

The win over Southampton epitomised the spirit flowing through this West Ham side. Yes they had the majority of possession, yes they do play some slick footy at times, but ultimately they were all filler, no killer.

The Hammers on the other hand were ruthless when opportunities presented themselves; typified by Nolan’s goal which came after a sustained period of Saints pressure and killed Southampton’s uprising stone dead.

West Ham and it gives me great pleasure to write this are not going to go down; barring a miracle of biblical proportions Cardiff and Fulham will slip through the trap door and the third side joining them will be one of West Brom, Sunderland or Norwich in my opinion.

The Irons can now set their sights on attempting to catch Southampton and Newcastle in the league; the impending return of Andy Carroll can only help as the big Sam’s gang continue to look upwards.

West Ham received a lot of stick for daring to attempt to overturn Andy Carroll’s ridiculous suspension; (how dare someone challenge the FA’s draconian and patently unfair rules?)

Well surely now the club deserves endless praise for getting on with it, accepting the FA’s decision and going on to win all three games Carroll was suspended for. Chico Flores’ play acting cost us our big man, but fortunately it didn’t cost us any points.

A mention now for the Captain...after two sendings off in quick succession, many Hammers, myself included, wanted Kevin Nolan stripped of the captaincy and dropped...5 goals in four games since his hiatus and it seems Nolan is desperate to make up for his indiscretions and prove he is deserving of the West Ham United captaincy.

The skipper is in fantastic form and Everton away next weekend will give Nolan the chance to renew his glorious partnership with Andy Carroll; their phenomenal goalscoring record currently standing at 63 goals in 73 games.

We’re now looking highly likely to stay up, 2/3 more wins will virtually guarantee it and I think we’ve proved two very important things this season; we can win without Andy Carroll and changing your manager when things aren’t going to plan isn’t always the answer.

0 comments

Latest Romford Sports News

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith gives instructions in the field (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Harrow Lodge Park club progressed to next round, but left their skipper unhappy at times on Saturday

14:00
Jimmy Shepherd made his first start for Dagenham & Redbridge against Crawley (pic: David Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Daggers teenager is destined for good career says Side chief

Hornchurch Athletic's Steve Hunt has been hibernating at Romford Snooker Club this winter

Our first blog from Hornchurch Athletic CC

08:51
Ilford Catholic have produced their own beer, the Barkingside Bouncer

Latest blog from Ilford Catholic CC

07:00
James Foster scored an entertaining half-century fro Essex at Worcestershire (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

Bowlers hit back, but county face tough ask

07:25
If you remember this lot you'll love our new West Ham quiz!

One for the West Ham anoraks out there, 18 fiendish questions designed to test your knowledge to the limit. If you score 18/18 then we are not worthy!

Yesterday, 18:00
Jon Cook of Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Belle Vue Aces are the visitors to Purfleet track

Yesterday, 13:00
Harlow's Alex Read celebrates after setting up the second goal for Piers Wixon against Hornchurch (pic: David Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Latest blog from the Supporters’ Association

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe