Sakho saves West Ham’s bacon

I wouldn’t mind betting that the Senegalese FA will want a steward’s after the allegedly injured striker left their ACoN camp to fly home for treatment and to rejoin his club. Thank goodness he did. He emerged from the bench just before the hour mark and injected the only real class that the afternoon had to offer. Before he eventually poached the undeserved winner, he had already threatened the Bristol City goal with a sublime turn and lob over the defender followed by a dipping volley that scraped the top of the cross bar. He was the difference and he was enough. The crossed Hammers salute to the relieved Hammers contingent will live long in the memory. We had won the game.

Quite how is something of a mystery. Once again, we were set up as we were in the first half against Hull. Once again we were played off the park, this time by league 1 opposition, albeit league 1 opposition flying high and playing well. Twice we cleared off the line as the Bristolians utterly dominated that first period. Added to that they missed several other good chances, particularly headers inside the 6 yard area, which persisted into the second half.

Nolan and Noble were once again accommodated, alongside Song, in the central midfield area, forcing Downing and Valencia into the wide areas where they were relatively unable to influence the game. Carroll looked isolated, Nolan was huffing and puffing ineffectually whilst Song failed to find a purple shirt with monotonous regularity. We created nothing in that first half and, as against Hull, it was something of a miracle that we went in at the break on level terms.

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He may be 18 on Friday but, Jeepers, in the words of Phil Collins….

you’re no son, you’re no son of mine…….

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WHU vs Hull

Points

Total

RazorWine

2 – 0

3

13

Alan Carter

3 – 0

5

11

ClaretNBlues

3 – 0

5

10

DevoDevo

1 – 0

3

9

Florida Hammer

1 – 0

3

9

HammerRay

3 – 1

3

9

WHU647580

3 – 1

3

9

Headmaster

2 – 1

3

8

Graybo

4 – 1

3

7

Roshi

2 – 0

3

7

ADeludedCoker

3 – 0

5

5

AoF

1 – 1

0

5

Orange

4 – 0

3

5

American

Hammer

2 – 0

3

4

Bomad

2 – 0

3

4

Goatygav

2 – 0

3

4

Stelios J

3 – 1

3

1

Harry – son of HM

0 – 1

-1

0

Allardyce’s contract. No news is good news?

I was having a debate on Twitter last evening with our own WHU…..580 and a SAB and fervent anti-Allardyce protagonist and the subject of our banter was one Sam Allardyce. Now, there’s a thing, I hear you cry but the thing is, I really am starting to wonder why the subject of Allardyce’s soon to be expunged contract isn’t a topic for the official PR machine within fortress Upton.

The official line goes thus; these things are never really discussed at this stage of the season. At the end of the campaign, the owners, the Executive and the manager will sit down and discuss the full range of issues, including the manager’s contract. Which begs the question, ‘is that usual?’. I’m really not being facetious here, I genuinely don’t know the answer. It does strike me as a bit odd though, don’t you agree? Is it really that normal for a manager to be running down his contract with the club being very non-committal, even evasive, about the longer term prospects for their man? I guess i some senses, Allardyce’s relative longevity is a rarity these days so perhaps there are few comparisons to be made.

You may feel I am being mischievous but I felt that the joint statement issued by the Chairmen this week only fuelled the questions in my own mind. They did, for sure, acknowledge the achievements of the big fella but somehow, they stopped well short of implying that his efforts are about to be rewarded with a longer deal: