Sunday, August 14, 2005

Look at West Ham with the win

West Ham United started their Premiership revival well yesterday with a good win against Blackburn Rovers.

In his 23rd season as a professional, evergreen Teddy Sheringham was instrumental helping West Ham come from a goal down. He’ll be 40 during this campaign, and with 139 goals, added his 140th.

The newly promoted London club surprised me with their spirit. They started 4 of their 8 new players and went down a goal early. From that they managed to climb back with 3 goals and capitalized on Paul Dickov’s red card.

It was Sheringham who pulled the team back, more or less alone. He started his classic combination play and got the midfield behind his cadence until he broke thru for West Ham with the goal. Yossi Benayoun from Racing Santander did superbly to assist the goal. Ok, a touch of luck too.

Matthew Etherington was also useful on the wing, looked dangerous, and provided the goods for Nigel Reo-Coker.

For my money though Reo-Coker was the surprise of the match (Yossi Benayoun looked great too). He strolled by Blackburn defenders a few times and defended well. Techincally he’s still growing but, at 21, I thought he was pretty impressive. He joined West Ham in 2004 and has been a hit since, even becoming West Ham's youngest ever captain.

His 62nd minute goal was extraordinary. Reo-Coker led the ball sweetly past his body and blasted the ball into the net. It was the goal of the week, even better than Crespo’s goal against Wigan.

It’s one game; all the same, it’s an excellent start to the season for West Ham and their new signings change their prospects.

Manager Alan Pardew’s tactics against Blackburn were also excellent, the midfield answered the questions. He also did well to take Sheringham off early: save his legs and West Ham may stay up.


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Blogger El Tel said...

The West Ham win certainly raises pressure on Newcastle prior to next Saturday's clash at St James'. Should be good.

8/15/2005 1:55 PM  
Blogger Cathal Breathnach said...

I thought West Ham looked like a pretty decent Premiership side and I reckon they will stay up and not just 17th place.

8/15/2005 3:32 PM  

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