POINTS MATTER

The manager of West Ham United, Sam Allardyce, doesn’t seem to be that much upset with what Jose Mourinho said about his tactics a couple of days ago.

Mourinho was furious after having to share points with West Ham on Wednesday and he didn’t hold back at all while speaking in the post match press conference. The Portuguese said that the Hammers played too defensively.
But, those statements of his haven’t prompted Allardyce to say bad things about him.

In one of the English newspapers, the West Ham boss wrote this about Mourinho, “Jose hasn’t been as intense as he used to be in his first tenure and that’s nice to see.”

JANUZAJ BLASTED

The 30 years old Welshman defender of West Ham United, James Collins blasted Adnan Januzaj for his diving during Manchester United’s match against West Ham.

Adnan Januzaj was showed a yellow card for simulation after he had launched himself to the ground and instead of getting a set-piece, he received a yellow card and James Collins appeared to be rather upset after the match concluded as he spoke to the media.

"It's cheating basically," Collins told Sky Sports News.
"I don't like to see it in the game. He probably thinks I am going to stick my leg out and he's probably already thinking about going over. Obviously he's taken a dive. He's a young lad, a great player, I'm sure he will learn’’.

GOAL PROBLEMS

West Ham United is not only suffering from goal-scoring problems but also defensive ones as they have received 14 goals in 12 matches and only mustering to score 9 goals.

They have received a further blow in their journey of the Premier League as Winston Reid is set to be unavailable to play for a couple of weeks after undergoing surgery on his ankle.

The club's head of sports science and sports medicine Andy Rolls said: "Winston had an operation on his ankle injury to stabilize the joint. This procedure went well.

Winston Reid joins the list of injured players alongside Andy Carroll who still has not made a single appearance in this season for West Ham after experiencing a heel problem.

Vaz Te out with shoulder injury

Ricardo Vaz Te, the West Ham United striker has been ruled out of the game for at least six weeks after dislocating his shoulder during his side’s goalless draw against Swansea City in the Premier League this Sunday.

Although the club has refused to put any sort of timeline on his return from injury, it can be safely assumed that it will at least take a month for him to return to training and al lot longer before he can play competitively. The Portuguese forward suffered a similar injury last season and was on the treatment table for almost three months and it seems that he has aggravated that same injury.

West Ham United are already short on quality strikers with fellow striker and England international out with a long term injury, leaving the Hammers with only Carlton Cole and Ravel Morrison with the only options up front.

Moreover, Morrison is still only 20 years old and a midfield playmaker that can play as a makeshift forward whereas the former Chelsea man Cole is not someone who can set the scoring charts racing. And this leaves manager Sam Allardyce with a selection headache adding further misery to a side that has had a very poor start to the season and are languishing in the bottom half of the table.

Cole did come on for Vaz Te against Swansea City and in his absence; he will have to lead the line for the Hammers. Cole signed for the club just last month after being released earlier in the summer and speaking to the media, stated that he is chuffed to be back playing with West Ham United and being involved with the club once again.

He also added that he hopes to push on and contribute to the club’s cause this season.

Andy Carroll fighting to be fit

Andy Carroll is reportedly winning his battle to be fit for West Ham United by the start of the new season of Premier League football.

The England international forward completed a club record move from Liverpool for a whopping £ 16 million in the close season despite picking up an ankle injury in the Hammers’ last game of the season against Reading.

Initially, Carroll was not expected to be back playing before the end of August. But he is confident that he can return before schedule and be fit and ready for the big kickoff in a couple of weeks. The Hammers begin their Premier League campaign at home in The Boleyn Ground against newcomers to the Premier League Cardiff City on the 17th of August and Carroll is expected to feature in that match in some form, if not from the start.

The 24 year old mentioned that he had been working hard. He stated that he had been away to Germany with the team and doing a lot of exercise, trying to keep himself fit. He mentioned that his heel still hurt a bit and the work he did was keeping that in mind.

He mentioned that although it has been tough, he hopes to be back in time for the first game of the season for West Ham United.

Carroll scored seven goals in 22 appearances for the London club last season in an injury ravaged loan spell from Liverpool, his most successful return since his Newcastle United days. And that was enough for West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce to smash the club’s transfer record and sign the England hit man on a permanent basis ahead if the new season as they look to create a young team capable of competing for 90 minutes on the go.

CARROLL DEAL AGREED

The manager of West Ham United, Sam Allardyce, has said that he has reached a financial agreement with Liverpool on the signing of Andy Carroll and now, it’s up to the English striker to decide whether he wants to make this move or not.

Carroll had played for West Ham United in the last season on loan and he had done quite well for them. He had played 24 games and had scored 7 goals.

Allardyce is said to be quite impressed with Carroll’s speed and he wants to sign him on a permanent basis now.
In one of his interviews, when Allardyce was asked about his plans this summer, he said, “Securing the services of Andy Carroll is our first target. He was brilliant for us in the last season and I want him to be a permanent part of the squad. Luckily, Liverpool also wants to put him on sale and we have reached an agreement as far as the transfer fee is concerned. Now, it’s up to Andy to decide.”

The Hammers have also been linked with the young English winger Wilfried Zaha who is currently a part of Manchester United.

When asked about that, Allardyce said, “Wilfried is a good, young player and he definitely has a bright future ahead of him. I saw him playing for the English U-21 team recently and I liked his style of play. It would be nice to have him in the camp, but, to be honest; we haven’t talked to the officials of Manchester United about this move.”

Manchester United bought Zaha from Crystal Palace in January this year and then, immediately placed him on loan to the same club for the remaining part of the season. Zaha has not even made his debut for Manchester United till now.

POOR FORM COSTS HAMMERS

A poor run of form since the turn of the year has put Sam Allardyce under a lot of pressure in order to keep West Ham in the top flight. The team had 33 points on the board, which is only five points above the relegation zone.

There are still eight matches remaining in the campaign, but the manager Allardyce is confident that his team will be able to avoid relegation. The team have been one of form, which has seen them get just three victories in the league since the turn of the year. As a result, they have been consistently slipping down the table over the last few months.

West Ham looked extremely devoid of ideas and their inability to provide the striker Andy Carroll with the right ammunition was one of the main reasons for their 2-0 defeat against Chelsea during the weekend. Carroll got into a number of good positions, but he was unable to receive the ball. The toothless attack was compounded by a very good defence, which was absolutely ripped apart by the likes of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata. Allardyce has set a target of reaching 39 points by the end of the season in order to achieve safety. It requires the team to just get two wins out of the last eight matches.

"At the end of the day, it's not about Wigan being six points off us - it's about us getting to 39 points. It wouldn't matter what Wigan do then or anybody else. Not all of them will get to 39 points. Forget about what's happening down below, and I know it's difficult, but the bottom line is: no matter how they get on, you get to 39 points or more and you're all right. We know we've got the talent, and I want the talent to be maximised every game," said Allardyce.

WE WILL IMPROVE

The centre back of West Ham United, James Collins, has said that his team is determined to continue its impressive run in the ongoing season despite the absence of some vital players because of injuries.

The Hammers are currently at no. 11 in the points table with 26 points in 21 matches.

When asked about the performance of West Ham United in the ongoing season so far, Collins said, “We have played decently in the first half of the season. Before the start of the season, if somebody had told us that we would be in the middle of the points table at this stage, we would have been delighted.”

“A few of our key players are currently out because of injuries, but, that’s not an excuse. We will have to move ahead with the resources that we have got. We have got quite a few impressive young talents in our squad who are capable of performing well at big stage. Hopefully, they would play well in the upcoming matches and wouldn’t let us miss the injured players.”

When asked about the upcoming FA Cup match against Manchester United, Collins said, “We are looking forward to that match. Last time when we had played against them, our performance was really good and we were ahead for a long time. Unfortunately, we conceded that goal in the injury time and had to share points.”

“Wednesday’s match will be played on their home ground where they have hardly lost any match in this season. So, we will have to play extremely well to give them a tough fight.”

The previous FA Cup match played between Manchester United and the Irons on 5th of January had ended in the form of a draw. James Collins had scored two goals for West Ham United in that match.

COLLINS DELIGHTED

The West Ham United defender James Collins has said that he is extremely delighted with the start made by the club in the defensive terms. West Ham United were recently promoted to the Premier league after spending the last season in the second division of English football.

On their return, they have managed to take a good start to the campaign and are currently without any relegation worries. They have managed to secure the signing of the former Aston Villa defender James Collins, who has returned to the club for the second spell. After starting in the last few matches, the player has said that he is extremely happy with the defensive start made by the team.

Even though the attack has not been able to score a lot of goals as they did in the championship last season, James Collins has said that the presence of Andy Carroll up front will provide them some quality in the forthcoming matches. The Liverpool striker is currently available for the manager Sam Allardyce after his loan move to the end of the season. However, he was injured in his second match for the club and is expected to be back only in the next few weeks.

“The manager has said to us about the importance of keeping clean sheets, because it always gives you a chance of winning any game. We have been working on that and apart from the match at Swansea, we have been on target. Against Norwich we had chances, so did they and people watching will probably wonder how it stayed 0-0," said James Collins after the match against Norwich. West Ham have had three clean sheets in the Premier league so far, and they have played only six matches. The club are currently in the seventh position in the table.

WEST HAM LOSE TO WIGAN

West Ham United has been defeated by Wigan Athletic in a Capital one Cup match played at Boleyn Ground on Tuesday. Wigan won the match by a big margin of 4-1. With this win, Wigan has reached the fourth round of the tournament.

Mauro Boselli was the hero of Wigan’s victory. The Argentinean scored two goals and helped his team to secure an easy win. However, Wigan didn’t have a good start to the match and got trailed by 1-0 in the 7th minute.

McArthur passed the ball to Modibo Maiga and the Malian striker beat Ali Al-Habsi, the goalkeeper of Wigan, with an extremely powerful strike to take West Ham ahead by 1-0. But, West Ham’s lead didn’t last long and the leveller was scored by Wigan just after 7 minutes. It was the first goal of Mauro Boselli in the match. Figueroa set up the goal beautifully and Boselli was quick to smash the ball home from a distance of six yards.

West Ham got down by 2-1 in the 38th minute due to a terrific goal by the Wigan defender Ivan Ramis. It was a brilliant effort by the Spaniard. He got the ball near the halfway line and he made his way through the midfield after getting rid of three West Ham players. His powerful drive from a distance of 25 yards was enough to beat the West Ham goal keeper.

Just after three minutes, Boselli made the score 3-1 with his second goal in the match. West Ham players badly needed some goals in the second half, but, the defense of Wigan proved to be too good for them. Jordi Gomez wrapped up the match with a penalty goal in the 84th minute.
West Ham United will play its next match against the Queens Park Rangers on 1st of October at the Loftus Road Stadium.

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