January 23, 2017 at 3:36 pm #1421714
H, it was the same one time when I went up there to that dump Ayresome Park back in the 70’s. Definitely not welcome at that club, whatever the ground. Back then there were a bunch of West Ham lads that you couldn’t take too many liberties with so the stewards always knew when to stop pushing or it would kick off in almighty fashion. Add to that you had to run the gauntlet of rival fans at the service stations up and down the A1 and away days could be real war zones! Thankfully its not like that any more and those dark days are behind us, but there are still some clubs that seem to have a particular distaste for us.
Must have been an early start and late finish for you, did you see Mal up there?
Lets hope AC can stay fit, he has the potential to terrorize the City defense and I don’t think they will find it quite so easy as in the cup game.January 23, 2017 at 10:02 pm #1421898
Hurstie, its a bit of a trek up to Boro but a win makes the journey home easier. I had a beer with Mal inside the stadium before the game and saw him again at the beer stop near Peterborough on the way home.January 28, 2017 at 4:44 pm #1424559
So it’s Snodgrass! Wonder what he can do for us and where will he play? He does have a terrific free kick on him so we will at least be back to being dangerous at dead ball situations in shooting range. All quiet on the Payet front by the look of it, is his price going up or down?January 29, 2017 at 3:14 pm #1425099
I like the fact we have Fonte and now Snodgrass, and Judas has now buggered off for 25 million, not enough in my opinion but on the other hand to get rid of a disruptive influence is pricelessJanuary 30, 2017 at 2:42 pm #1425582
well, he’s gone now, good riddance in the end I guess. 25 mil makes us a decent profit but way below the 50-60 mil people were throwing about after the Euros. In hindsight that would have been the time to cash in, but who knew he was going to throw his toys out of his pram less than a year later. Snodgrass is no Payet of course, but he is a hard worker with a great left foot and he was Hull’s stand out player by a mile. Lets hope he hits the ground running and has an immediate impact, Wednesday against City would be a good time to start.February 1, 2017 at 8:39 pm #1427705
Thought we might have got something from the game against the oasis boys. Half time and we’re 0-3 down to them. Sick of the sight of em. Oh well, just like my dreams…..February 1, 2017 at 9:16 pm #1427740
Not sure I can watch any more, 4-0 and still 20 mins to play. Dreadful performance!February 2, 2017 at 2:41 pm #1428306
That was painful! That must be right up there with our worst performance of the season.February 2, 2017 at 3:47 pm #1428362
Totally outclassed by Citeh, beaten by pace and their superior passing. We knew all that from the cup game anyway but even with this knowledge Bilko got it completely wrong for me. Snoddy should have started on the left, Antonio on the right and Lanzini behind Brown Ale. Instead he plays Feghouli who is simply just not strong enough to play in the Premiership. Cresswell is half the player he was last season. It has to be the injury or something else is not right with him. Nobes was poor again and Obiang had a bad night too. Without the drive of Kouyate both struggle. It will be interesting to see which one of them gets dropped for Southampton. Byram could not cope with the Citeh winger and Fonte looked to me as though his legs have gone which may explain why the Saints were reluctant to extend his contract. I hope I am wrong but it’s Ginge for me after that performance. Citeh were terrific last night and I stayed until the end because I was expecting to see something else very special from them. We badly need Sakho back to give us any chance in these sort of games. Lets hope we can up our game against the Saints.February 3, 2017 at 2:51 pm #1428909
Was I surprised by the City result? No! Their team is worth what? 350 million and what is ours worth? Maybe 100? Every time I watch a live game from the OS I think how huge that pitch looks and against a team of quick, slick passers like city we were on a hiding. Byram isn’t a right back he played at Leeds as a right winger who sometimes filled in at right back. I don’t get that if it wasn’t right for Antonio to play there that it’s ok for Byram. In the summer we need 1 possibly 2 right backs a classy tricky attacking midfielder and a proven striker and maybe a goalkeeper cos I can’t see Adrian staying, but hey what do I know I could be totally balls to the wall off the mark. Let’s hope for a decent reaction tomorrow cos they are going to have to play well at St Marys.February 3, 2017 at 9:59 pm #1429139
Yep, we better be at the races tomorrow right from the off or the Saints will be all over us like a bad rash.
I hope Cresswell can rediscover his form. Last season he was making surging runs down the left and putting any number of crosses in for AC to get on the end of. This season after his injury, I can’t remember him doing it once.February 4, 2017 at 6:27 pm #1429680
Great result the boys have their mojo back, it was good to win after City but as I said we were on to a hiding in that one. 9th place, amazing from our position 2 months ago we could end up in 6th if we apply ourselves I reckon. A happy hammer I am especially as I am a Portsmouth boy and never liked Southampton anyway!February 6, 2017 at 1:09 pm #1430904
Funny old game. Obiang and Nobes play like a pair of Donkeys against Citeh and then both play terrific against the Saints. The problem is the top six are in their own league and there is not much between the rest of the teams in the premiership. You could say we are 3rd in the sub league. Potentially we might catch the Baggies but Everton look a bit stronger. If like me you believe money determines where you finish we are probably just about where we should be. I like Snoddy. I rated him highly before we signed him. I am not sure about Fonte and think with a few more miles on his clock he might turn out to be a liability. Cresswell worries me currently. He was never the greatest at defending. Currently he is making too many mistakes. Kouyate is completely wasted at right back and just not suited to playing there. Is Byram a right back? Not for me. He is good going forward but that’s about it. His tackles are usually desperate and late. In the summer I would go for Trippier from the Spuds. Kone from Sunderland, Robertson from Hull and the best striker we can attract with a consistent goal scoring record. We have some good kids coming through and I can’t wait to see Martinez given his chance and a toughened up Oxford with a few Championship bruises. Unless the Spivs sell up that’s as much as we can hope for. I would be happy next season to have a squad that allows us to compete in the cup tournaments. It’s our best chance of a day out and both competitions should be taken seriously.February 6, 2017 at 2:52 pm #1431005
Snodgrass will be a good buy I think, I rated him highly at Hull and he always seemed to be their best player. Obiang is a different player, what changed for him I wonder? I agree with Harry, Kouyate is absolutely wasted at right back. I much prefer him in midfield where he makes those exciting runs, he’s hard to shove off the ball and has great energy. The weak link for me is Feghouli, I just can’t get enthused about him.
The Baggies will be a tough game, Pullis has got them together. 3 points against them will close the gap nicely.February 9, 2017 at 10:12 am #1432332
Hurstie, I agree that Fergouli is the weak link. Whilst a technically gifted player he lacks the physicality in his game to be effective in the premiership. Maybe he lacks a bit of bottle or is just used to playing in a league where if a fly touches you you get a free kick. He has pace, the ability to cross a ball and gets into good positions to score goals. You can see why we jumped to sign him on a free and why clubs where interested in him during the window. I think he will go in the summer and we might even get a decent fee for him. Harry, I know you were gutted when Trippier went to the Spuds from Burnley. He was a gift at 3m and deserves to be a first choice player. Word is we wanted him in the window and will go back for him in the summer so you might get your man. Robertson would be a great signing. We could have had him for 7m in the summer and ended up with Masuaku for 6m! The way we conduct transfers leaves a lot to be desired. My view on Kone is that he has ability but can be inconsistent. That’s probably why we ended with Fonte. At least you know what you are getting. Here is a subject to debate. The Pitch at the Running Track. Many have said it’s too big and does not suit our style of play. But the playing area size us identical to Southampton. I think the problem maybe all the green covering they bought from the Green Street Market to hide the Running Track. From the stands it gives the false impression that the pitch is enormous. Maybe if they had used a different colour it would solve the problem. The pitch has even been used as an excuse for our defeats against City and the Gooners. I am bit concerned that Carroll might be injured again and even more worried he might be selected for England whilst not 100 per cent. The Baggies should be a good test and a game we need to win to confirm we are on the right track again.February 10, 2017 at 1:16 pm #1432948
As I have said previously Byram was played more as a right wing at Leeds, we need a specialist RB preferably 2 in the summer and a left winger and a proven striker. I like the look of the youngsters we have, Oxford, Fletcher, Byram and Holland. I think we have exciting times ahead if we can establish ourselves as a regular 6th finisher in the league for 3-4 yrs we can then start to look higher. I believe that we can be that team, and 3 points against a good baggies team will do the job nicely.February 13, 2017 at 12:29 pm #1434643
How many more chances is Slav going to give Calleri? He just seems completely out of his depth, lightweight and short of confidence. Given his ineffectiveness I wonder why we haven’t seen the kid Martinez being given a chance? His goal scoring record in the P2 team is great. I think he’s on loan somewhere now. Certainly without AC we looked short up front, all those crosses going in and no one on the end of them.February 14, 2017 at 1:11 pm #1435204
Hurstie, Martinez is on loan at Oxford and scored on his debut against Newcastle in the FA Cup. He looks the real deal to me and like Oxford I think Bilko has decided they both need regular football and toughening up. Calleri seems to have a major confidence problem. He has ability but we are not seeing it. I prefer Fletcher but it’s not easy being a bit part player. Having said that you need to take you chance to impress. He has not done that. Even his goal was a fluke deflection. We need Sakho back.February 24, 2017 at 10:24 pm #1440023
24 years ago today we lost our Bobby, where did those years go? For those of us that were lucky enough to see him play, especially at Upton Park the memories will live on forever. For me, as a young kid standing on the North Bank it was the immense respect even away fans showed him, always clapping him when his name was announced. Was there ever a better turned out footballer? Those starched white shorts and socks seemingly defying the mud heap that the old pitch occasionally turned into. And when everyone else was running around like chickens with their heads off, there was Bobby, calm as ever delivering the ball exactly where it was needed. Was there ever a show of grief from fans over the passing of one footballer? I remember standing outside the gates with thousands of others, most just crying, not wanting to believe that he was gone. The gates quickly became a shrine and we lined up to place something, anything, with claret and blue on it. RIP Bobby (you should be “Sir Bobby”) family, legend, remembered, never forgotten.February 25, 2017 at 9:20 pm #1440477
I thought we would nick all the points, I think we deserved it. Kouyate continues to prove he can’t play right back and without AC up front we look a very different side in terms of goal threat.
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