Many of you will have seen the match against Manchester City last Tuesday, even if you promised yourself you wouldn’t and it wasn’t worth it. I watched it as well, and saw the exchange of jokes between Kevin Nolan, Carlton Cole and Joleon Lescott. At this point, West Ham were losing 9-0 on aggregate and had been completely outclassed by City.
The people of Twitter were furious about this. Frank McAvennie added fuel to the fire, tweeting: “Changed days at Upton Park when you see players smiling after getting humped 9-0 on aggregate. #embarrassing.”
To be completely honest I think the whole thing has been blown massively out of proportion. Even if Lescott did make a joke at West Ham’s expense, would you prefer the players to take it in good spirits or by punching him in the face?! Yes Nolan, that is something I think you would do…
Carlton Cole has since come on Twitter and apologised for his actions, explaining that Nolan and him were actually making a joke with Lescott about the possibility of the defender joining the Hammers on loan. He was obviously annoyed at the attention the incident (if you can call it that) had received and replied to one fan by saying: “If you think I can leave, what am I still doing here? I’m committed & have a passion for the club just the way you are.”
For one thing, how can you say Carlton Cole doesn’t care about West Ham? He’s said it so many times himself in his tweets and in interviews – he bloody loves the club. In the world of modern football, his loyalty is refreshing and as he puts it, West Ham have turned him from a boy into a man. I honestly was finding it funny at how over the top people were being in their abuse to him. Be angry at the score by all means, but singling out a player for smiling at a joke is ridiculous.
I saw quite a lot of people tweeting saying they would care about a team if they were getting £40k a week and no other clubs had wanted them. The fact is, other clubs did want Cole and he was the one who wanted to prove his loyalty once more by signing for the Hammers for a third time. He has also revealed that in the summer West Ham did not offer him a new deal, which is contrary to what David Gold had previously tweeted. He is one player who I honestly believe will be as angry and disappointed as we are at the way things are going.
Let’s face it – we were never going to beat Man City in that tie. I would much rather the players had fun and tried to keep positive about our current plight than get angry at eachother and feel consigned to relegation. Let’s face it – if we don’t laugh, we’ll cry! Onwards and upwards for our beloved Hammers – let’s get behind the team instead of booing them!