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?

West Ham roll over and leave Liverpool a clear run into Europe

Pop! There goes another bubble. We’ve had a few of those this season.

Back in the groove defensively and with that fired-up performance against Spurs in the bank, we could have been forgiven for expecting two great games to end the season, but West Ham fell at the first hurdle against Liverpool.

We should know better by now, of course. But isn’t it infuriating to have missed a great opportunity? West Brom have seemingly looked at their hand and decided to ‘stick’ and with Stoke stumbling of late, a late rally could have seen us tucked in behind Everton.

For whatever reason, though – maybe the fact that there was nothing meaningful to play for – we weren’t in the mood for it today.

Lightweight up front – as we always will be with Calleri – you struggled to see where the goals would come from, and when Ayew spurned the opportunity to level it looked like being a frustrating afternoon.

Apathy rules, O …

The empty seats and blazing sunshine gave the place an end-of-term look, and with just one match to go we’ll be out of our agony before too long.

What a relief. Where’s the suncream and flip-flips?

 

 

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.