Threadbare West Ham end a season of more lows than highs on a positive

claret and blues west ham gavDidn’t catch the first five minutes of this one but, from what I could gather, Burnley started the better side. Up until their goal they bossed midfield and created more than we did. After their goal, however, we seemed to come to life and carved out some really good chances.

The first West Ham goal was a joy to watch. Ayew drew a free kick as he took on three Burnley players which was taken quickly. Lanzini fed the excellent Fernandes who threaded a ball through to Ayew on the edge of the box. From start to finish the ball came through the middle like a knife through butter until it reached Ayew who, with his back to goal, flicked a beautiful ball in to the path of Feghouli. A really smart finish from the Algerian brought the, ever superb, travelling fans to their feet. Lovely play in the true West Ham Way – reminded me of days gone bye when some of the best teams to grace the famous Claret & Blue plied their trade.

Referee Madley didn’t seem to give us the rub in the same way he did with the two penalties a couple of seasons ago. I thought that Westwood was lucky to stay on the pitch and there were a few occasions when decisions went the opposite way to, what seemed at the time, the obvious. In the end it didn’t matter a jot as West Ham were, once again, the better side despite the decimated squad taken up to Turf Moor.

Goatygav’s Bullets #9 – Almost there, the welcome end to the season for West Ham

claret and blues west ham gavThe final game is around the corner. Have we ever looked forward to a season’s close so much, or in fact at all, before? We all love the game and miss it during the Summer months but most of us seem to be looking forward to putting 2016-17 behind us. On reflection: –

  • Does having a manager who has remained dignified and respectful through incredibly testing times make you feel like we’ve got one of the good guys in charge of the team?
  • I’ve seen some disagree about what positions we should be signing new players in. What are our top priorities in the closed season?
  • Voda have pulled out of discussions about becoming the Stadium Sponsors. Do you think a leading edge brand name might end up with the naming rights or will A N Other betting company or the likes end up with their logo plastered all over the OS?
  • I’m off to see the Athletics at the Stadium in August. Personally I’m pleased that the stadium is fulfilling the ‘legacy’ promises that GB made during the campaign to bring the Olympics to our shores. Not everyone feels the same though. How do you feel about sharing with track and field?
  • Should Super Slav move on who would be your favourite candidates to replace him?

Entire Season taken in to account for West Ham ’16-’17 Awards

claret and blues west ham gavThe votes were counted and the awards dished out at the £275 per head gala dinner this week. But did the eventual winners deserve their gongs in your opinion?

First impressions are that voters have done the right thing and not done what voters so often do in these situations. Frequently you see the people picking these titles up by putting in performances towards the end of a season. Not so this time IMHO. Antonio has not been at his best most recently (before his hamstring pull in the Swansea win) but memories of his early season performances have lived long. Goals and assists were free flowing as his work-rate and contribution made a huge contribution to most things positive in the first half of the campaign. Even with all of the negativity going on in the sqaud with Monsieur Payet’s sulking Michael stuck to his task, kept his head up and remained positive through it all.

I make no secret. I love the lad’s pace, graft, attitude, demeanor and character. We all know he doesn’t have the technical ability of a Lanzini but he does scare the living daylights out of opposition defences. He’s pretty decent in the air too – setting a record for goals scored with his head. So I’m delighted he’s penned a new, four year, contract today and am ‘well made up’ for him getting the HOTY award. Massive well done Michael.