Allardyce and West Ham miss a golden opportunity….

Firstly, humble apologies for my recent lack of posts. You have my pledge that I’ll endeavour to try to scribe at least every other day henceforth. I’m actually having a protracted spell back in the classroom at the moment and since I was last there, some 13 years ago, the workload has increased somewhat I don’t mind telling you!

Anyway, Hammers, I managed to stream the game on Saturday and am left feeling that this was a chance spurned. Going into the game, the nerves emanating from Old Trafford were palpable. They were down to their last recognised centre-back, had other injuries a-plenty, didn’t seem to be understanding the coaching intentions of Van-Gaal and looked absolutely beatable. Be honest, forgetting the prediction league forecasts of two months ago, many of you must have been hoping, nay even expecting, that we would at least get something from the trip to the north-west and maybe even all 3 points? I know I was.

I always felt that Kouyate’s injury would be a problem. Those of us who have no regard for Nolan winced more than the rest of you when he pulled up and it was announced would be out for a while. The question before this, with the excellent performance against Liverpool, was always around just how Nolan would slot back into the side. We had our answer on 75 minutes last Saturday when, well ahead of schedule, on he came to replace Poyet.

“We lost, 2-1″

West Ham vs Liverpool; what the hell happened there then?

I was away last weekend enjoying a mini break in Hamburg, who incidentally earned a creditable draw with Bayern Munich and, in a weekend that saw arguably the most bizarre sequence of results in a good while, West Ham United apparently battered Liverpool.

I’d be grateful to hear your thoughts on exactly how that happened and what it means for the future.

I’m delighted, if flabbergasted! The only question lurking in my mind is just how Allardyce is going to handle Nolan once he is fit again. Surely even chubby chops won’t automatically stick his former talisman back in the side?

As far as the prediction league is concerned, needless to say it was a pretty dismal showing for just about everyone! Only the consistently optimistic Sam predicted the win, with a couple of you hedging your bets with a draw.

Devo? Pack ya bags, son!

Contributor WHU vs Liverpool Points Total
Harry – son of HM 1 – 2 -1 8
ADeludedCoker 1 – 3 -1 5
ClaretNBlues 0 – 4 -1 4
Headmaster 1 – 2 -1 4
Roshi 0 – 2 -1 4
SafHammer 0 – 2 -1 4
Sam 3 – 2 3 4
Stelios J 1 – 3 -1 4
AoF 1 – 1 0 4
DiggerWay 2 – 2 0 4
Goatygav 0 – 2 -1 3

Prediction League; Game 4 Updates

No big movers this week and no perfect scores.

Son of HM fails for the first time but remains top. ADeluded slides into 2nd spot with a correct draw prediction and Devo props us all up!

Contributor WHU vs Southampton Points Total
Harry – son of HM 1 – 3 0 9
ADeludedCoker 1 – 1 3 6
ClaretNBlues 0 – 1 0 5
Headmaster 1 – 2 0 5
Roshi 0 – 0 3 5
SafHammer 1 – 1 3 5
Stelios J 1 – 1 3 5
AoF 1 – 0 0 4
DiggerWay 1 – 2 0 4
Goatygav 1 – 1 3 4
Florida Hammer 0 – 1 0 3
American

Hammer

1 – 1 3 1
Bomad 0 – 1 0 1
FrankieMacsJockStrap 1 – 0 0 1
kelvedonHammer 0 – 1 0 1
Sam 1 – 3 0 1
Trevor Fear 0 – 0 3 1
DevoDevo 1 – 0 0 -2