In what has been a disappointing season to date, there have been a few shining lights to warm the hearts of the ever suffering West Ham faithful. Having been asked to write about the top 5 goals scored by West Ham this season I have to admit I had to dig deep to come up with the answers but after much soul searching (Google), I believe I have the winning formula.
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Scott Parker 16th August v Watford – Having started the season very slowly and with the shock home loss to Cardiff still fresh, West Ham desperately needed a comprehensive victory on an away trip to Watford. Having dominated from the start and finding themselves 3-0 up controlling the game, Julien Faubert burst down the right hand side, beating his man before switching it in field to Scotty Parker. Scotty took a touch to steady himself, glided past a defender and curled it left footed into the bottom corner giving the keeper no chance, capping off a fine victory. This was a great send off from arguably one of West Ham’s finest captains.
Carlton Cole 10th September v Portsmouth – In arguably the most exciting match of the season and in a game that had seven goals, seven yellow cards, two red cards and two penalties, Carlton Cole scored the goal of the game after a fine pin point delivery from Matty Taylor on to the head of Carlton Cole who blasted it into the top corner off the bar.
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Winston Reid 4th February v Millwall – Any win against the local rivals is fantastic but West Ham v Millwall is never a timid affair! Having seen a 1-0 lead pegged back by a second half Millwall goal, ‘doom and gloom’ set in amongst the fans but West Ham showed fantastic character to immediately reply. After a deep ball into the area and a controversial ‘coming together’ between Faubert and the keeper, the ball fell to Winston Reid 25 yards out who smashed a volley first time into the back of the net. Cue the chant “Who put the ball in the pikies net!!??”
Mark Noble 6th April v Barnsley – A match controlled from start to finish by West Ham and tagged as a ‘MUST WIN‘ saw an easy victory at the hands of a poor Barnsley side. After fantastic chasing down by Nicky Maynard and a glaring keeper error, the ball fell to Mark Noble from a tight angle. He took a touch, saw the keeper stranded and lobbed him into an empty net.
Ricardo Vaz Te 14th April v Brighton – Having scored two goals already (one 30 yard pile driver narrowly missing this list), Ricardo Vaz Te looked unstoppable with the game already at 4-0 and won. The ball launched into the area and an obvious push on Henri Lansbury sent the whistle to the mouth of the referee who had the foresight to play on as Vaz Te launched himself into the air and audaciously bicycle kicked the ball into the top corner to complete his hat trick. Easily the goal of the season just when it mattered.
With the manner in which Brighton were beaten it has given the club a lift and the momentum needed to mount a final automatic challenge or take into the play offs.
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