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.
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.
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 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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Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is looking at the prospect of bringing his former defender James Collins to the north-east. The Welsh defender has grown frustrated about the lack of action at Villa Park and it is thought that he is prepared to move on.
Aston Villa have not been competing for the top honours in the league anymore after the departure of Martin O'Neill. Martin O'Neill has recently taken over at Sunderland and it is thought that he is keen to raid his former club Aston Villa for a number of players. James Collins has emerged as that transfer target.
James Collins was signed by Martin O'Neill when he was the Aston Villa manager back in 2009. He has since made 91 appearances for the Premier league club. Even though the new manager Paul Lambert is not willing to let James Collins leave, he is thought to have prepared replacements in case if he decides to bring an end to his three-year stay with Villa. Aston Villa used to be one of the teams mentioned as the likely to break into the top four when Martin O'Neill was in charge, but they have fallen a long way since those days.
The 28-year-old has also been linked with a move to newly promoted West Ham United, but it is thought that he would favour a move to Sunderland to be reunited with his former manager Martin O'Neill. It is thought that a transfer fee of just £ 5 million will be enough to secure his services due to the fact that he has only two seasons left on his current deal. Should West Ham United also enter into the frame for signing the Welsh international, then it would certainly increase the price of the defender because it would start a bidding war between the two clubs.
Former Blackburn Rovers midfielder and BBC pundit Robbie Savage has said that he expects Welsh defender James Collins will return to the first-team action with the national team soon.
James Collins has not been part of the international setup with the Welsh national team since March. He played in the 2-0 defeat at the hands of England in the Euro 2012 qualifiers. However, Robbie Savage expects his former teammate to return to first-team action sooner rather than later. Wales manager Chris Coleman has once again omitted him from the squad that will play friendlies against Mexico in the month of May.
It is also very likely that he will be omitted for the squads that will be up against the World Cup 2014 qualifiers in September. James Collins' Aston Villa future is also under a huge cloud of doubt after being involved in a nightclub brawl with a few other teammates. Even though he has since apologised for the incident, it remains to be seen if the Aston Villa board and the fans will be able to forgive him for the incident. Robbie Savage has also said that Aston Villa should focus on spending more money if they are to avoid a relegation battle once again.
“He’ll play for Wales for many years to come. It’s been a difficult season for him but he can recover. James hasn’t got anything to prove in the Premier League. They’ll be in the bottom half definitely – unless they spend some money. Look at the promoted clubs,” said Robbie Savage speaking at the event organised by the English Football Association. Robbie Savage has been working as a pundit ever since retiring from his professional football career. Aston Villa finished the season in the 16th position with just 38 points on board.
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has said that Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp missing out on the England managerial position will have no impact on the weekend's match with Tottenham at Villa Park.
Aston Villa go into the match just three points above the relegation zone. Due to the fact that Bolton Wanderers will be playing a manager less West Brom during the weekend, there is every chance that Villa could be dragged into the relegation zone this weekend. There has been a lot of pressure for Alex McLeish to deliver the results, but a lot of injury problems has meant that he has largely been handicapped in terms of the squad.
Tottenham will be coming into the match on a relatively good run of form, which saw their side scored four goals against Bolton in the midweek action. As a result of this victory, Tottenham are back in the fourth position, which will effectively bring them Champions League football next season. When Harry Redknapp was linked with the England manager job, their form dipped to such an extent that they were looking at the sixth position at one time. However, Roy Hodgson has now taken the England job, which has consequently resulted in the improvement in the form of Tottenham.
“I think it’s just a natural feeling for Harry to want to finish the season with a swagger, just as we all want to and win any game that we participate in. I don’t think he’s got anything to prove, really. Didn’t his missus come out and say something the other day? I think she said something like she didn’t fancy him making the six-hour journey up to Burton where they’re going to be based,” said McLeish ahead of the match. Tottenham's hopes of finishing fourth is in their hands now.
Aston Villa defender James Collins has said that he needs to work hard in order to get back into the Welsh national team.
James Collins has been on the fringes of the Welsh national team, and with the Euro 2012 coming up, he says that he needs to work hard in order to get back into the team on a regular basis. James Collins recently lost his place to Cardiff City's Darcy Blake after being injured for one of the crucial matches. Since then, he has been playing as the second fiddle for the Championship player.
Now, the 28-year-old has said that he needs to work hard in order to get back into the reckoning when it comes to the Welsh national team. They are expected to be one of the favourites to qualify for the 2014 Brazil World Cup given the way they have been performing in recent friendlies.
Even though the Euro 2012 is going to be conducted without Welsh national team, James Collins says that he has a great chance of making it into the 2014 Brazilian World Cup squad if Wales qualify. Wales have been unable to qualify for the recent major tournaments, but they are expected to put up a major fight for the Brazilian World Cup.
There’s a buzz about the Wales team and Welsh football again. We’ve had some great results, Swansea are in the Premier League and then you’ve got talents like Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale. But I do feel a bit lost because I haven’t played or been in the squad," James Collins said when asked about his chances for making it into the squad for the World Cup qualifications. James Collins was recently criticised for his poor performance against Tottenham, but the defender feels that it may not be the decisive factor when it comes to the selection.