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I'm getting fed up with saying it, but the performance still wasn't there for me.
But it is a great result before the weekend's game - takes the pressure off a bit.
I didn't think Dembele looked too good again last night and was a bit surprised when the subs came and Holtby went off rather than the carded Dembele, but irrespective of what subs AVB made, we got the result. A shame Lemmon didn't get more of the ball again, as he seems to fired up of late, and although Holtby went off, I thought he did enough again to show why he was brought in.
I just hope that Bale now continues scoring and gets 20 odd or else Ade had better start getting on the score sheet. Another couple of chances last night that should have settled him. Be interesting to see who AVB plays against Woolwich if Daffy is fit.
Another 3 points on Sunday would be good to get some daylight between us and Woolwich and put pressure on the Chavs.
I watched last night, West Ham put up a great fight and deserved better. Bales goal came from nowhere, well, a fair way out at least. I was all set to gloat and with only one point in it, confident of over turning Spurs (and Chelsea). A different matter now, Spurs may go 7 points clear. Someone needs to send Bale lasagne, and fast.
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Well Fab, sets up an interesting game that doesn't it. Personally I thought we did not play well and once again we were hugely reliant on Bale. Ade had a nightmare especially in front of goal but his all round play was poor. He didn't hold the ball up and he was back looking like he wished he was somewhere else. Lennon did absolutely nothing - zip - until the sub left back came on and then he went past him a couple of times and got crosses in but overall - very poor. Dembele looked off the pace again, getting caught on the ball and giving away silly free kicks (knowing that West Ham score from these more than most). He was poor last time out and only his goal made him look better than his play merited.
Holtby was doing a VDV by dropping so deep he was picking the ball up off the toes of Dawson and Caulker. Thats not where he should be is it! Verthongen was not as dominating as he has been and Parker looked like he was trying too hard. Who told him he could dribble and shoot FFS!
All together, we were lucky to come out of that with 3 points and if we had lost I would not have been surprised. OK their goalkeeper pulled off some great saves but our play was lacklustre and there were too many players not performing anywhere near as well as they can/should.
The fact that in a must win game and 2-1 down the only option for us was to bring on kid Carrol who has only played in 4 PL games and never scored and Livermore who has only a slightly better record but is hardly a potential match winner, says it all.
My only hope is that Ade really wants to score against #$%$ and he does not get himself sent off again.