No excuses for Liverpool this time after West Ham defeat

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West HamI know the fella’s down at Liverpool like nothing more than to trot out an excuse after a shoddy performance or undesirable result; ‘hot dressing rooms’ ‘long grass’ ‘the coach having to park half a mile away’ are the tired old excuses we’re used to hearing; however at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday night they were comprehensively outplayed by the vastly superior team on the night, and not even Steven Gerrard himself could put a different spin on that.

The old cliché about how ‘a manager is only as good as his players’ has a lot of truth in it; this West Ham squad has grown incredibly stronger thanks to an amazing summer orchestrated by David Sullivan and the result is with the likes of Diafra Sakho, Cheikou Kouyate, Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia the style has evolved. No longer do we simply have to lump the ball up to Andy Carroll and feed off the scraps; this new Hammers team is filled with verve, creativity, dynamism and perhaps most importantly pace.

The added quality in turn has allowed Sam to be bolder and braver with his tactics; in my opinion he was never a negative manager out of choice but out of necessity. Even when the teams were announced yesterday I think West Ham fans collectively looked at our side, looked at the opposition and felt that a win was not only possible but probable.

It was fantastic performance but I do feel the need to pick out a couple of star performers; firstly Alex Song: he won the ball back from Liverpool’s midfield on so many occasions and with ridiculous ease, kept it simple and kept us ticking over very nicely indeed, a definite upgrade on his predecessor Matty Taylor. I also have to mention Stewart Downing; he caused his former employers problems for the entirety of the contest with his pace, direct running and clever passes, his through ball for Morgan Amalfitano’s goal was just sumptuous.

The entire performance was full of dynamism, pace and good football and in all honesty the men from Merseyside simply couldn’t live with us.

We can now travel to Old Trafford with genuine optimism that we can get something from the game, and even if we come away with a defeat we can now see that this side is well enough equipped to do what we did to Liverpool to the majority of the league.

Allardyce in? I think so.

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  • Bubs says:

    All true hammer fans will agree with the whole blog above,so let’s go to old Trafford and attack,attack attack let them worry about there defence because it is no better than the one we stripped yesterday and if we loose then so be it

  • Los matillos says:

    At last a contributor who appreciates Sam could only play with what he had before. Now he has the players for plan B he can play it! A good blog.

    • Spence55 says:

      Allardyce never even tried to update his playing style so don’t trot that old chestnut out. If it wasn’t for the fans backlash, and a determined chairman hell bent on giving the paying customers what they both wanted and deserved, i.e attacking play, some pace, some movement and some energy, and who was largely responsible for the influx of new talent, then I don’t think the playing style would have changed one bit. Its the fans who have demanded this revolution, so to all of US who have refused to accept the defensive dross served up in the name of football, WELL DONE !! Complaining does work!! COYI.

  • Patrick says:

    No excuse other than Liverpool played in the champions league a few days earlier and were missing their top player and goal scorer and possibly all the nasty tackles by West Ham or that big black fella going down twice like his leg was broken only to waste a load of time and come running back onto the pitch minutes later.

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