From humiliation to ecstasy for West Ham fans

13:47 13 January 2014

Kwame Boakye West Ham fan

Kwame Boakye West Ham fan


West Ham blogger Kwame Boakye gives his verdict on Saturday’s win at Cardiff City

West Ham United's Carlton Cole scores opening goal against Cardiff City beating Cardiff City's David Marshall. Photo: Nick Potts/PA WireWest Ham United's Carlton Cole scores opening goal against Cardiff City beating Cardiff City's David Marshall. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

So after back to back humiliations dished out by Nottingham Forest and Manchester City, West Ham rediscovered their fighting spirit to claim a much needed and deserved three points from the City of Cardiff stadium.

The manner of the win went completely against what went before it; the defeats at Forest and City were limp, lifeless and gutless the performance in the Welsh capital however was full of passion, determination and bravery; epitomised by our central midfield pairing of Mark Noble and Matt Taylor who were the best players on the pitch.

A special mention also goes out to Carlton Cole who bagged his fourth goal of season; I think the fact that he was released during the summer turned out to be a good thing for him, as he’s come back with a renewed hunger and determination to succeed.

No-one could ever fault Coley’s effort, but at long last he’s adding goals to his endless toiling; his stay at the club will surely be extended till the end of the season and perhaps even beyond that.

Sam Allardyce has been the most talked about manager in the country this past week and if he’s going to be criticised for the mistakes that he’s made (and rightly so) then he must get the praise for the crucial win he dug out and the inspired selection of Matt Taylor. I like the fact Sam didn’t speak to the media after the win, his talking was done for him by the players on the pitch; such a performance is surely contradictory to that the old chestnut of a cliché that he’d ‘lost the dressing room.’

I’m not suggesting that everything is now ok and survival is a given, but what I am saying is that Gold and Sullivan have probably looked at the situation we’re in and decided they’d rather spend the money that it would take to sack Sam on bringing in new recruits and I do happen to agree with this policy; for all Sam’s faults the lack of available quality managers is there for one and all to see and those that are calling for Glen Hoddle…I urge you to seek professional help.

Newcastle up next and we must do something we’ve never done under Sam in the Premier League … secure back to back wins, I’d like to think if we can, that a psychological barrier will be lifted and we could go into the run of fixtures after Chelsea with a real belief that we could win 3 or 4 in a row against the teams around us.

With our injured players returning and new recruits hopefully joining our battle against the drop there is cause for just a little bit of optimism, however three points against Newcastle is a must.

Related articles


Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 14:30
Local youngsters can attend an Arsenal Soccer School event before Christmas (pic: Arsenal Soccer Schools).

Local kids have chance to attend training camp and get taught like the Gunners Academy

Premier League
Yesterday, 12:30
Leyton Orient's John Marquis in action against Plymouth Argyle (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Millwall man reflects on events last week and Orient’s two new signings

Mathieu Baudry
Tony Cottee

Our West Ham Columnist Tony Cottee wants the team to bounce back from Tottenham defeat against West Brom

Tony Cottee
Yesterday, 10:00
Sebastian Vettel celebrates his Race of Champions win on the podium (pic Race of Champions)

Formula One champion lifts ROC title at Olympic Park

Elizabeth Olympic

Most read sport


Section Boys, Big Tipper, Big Narstie, Lady Leshurr, Trapstar, and UFest street team members

We’ve got 10 pairs of tickets to give away to watch some of the country’s best and brightest urban music talent at UFest, London’s official youth festival.

Read more
MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Read more

You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Read more

Digital Edition

Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder