Search

Ironside: Having our Liverpool loanee back has changed things at West Ham

07:45 08 February 2013

Andy Carroll scores the winning goal for West Ham

Andy Carroll scores the winning goal for West Ham

Archant

The big England striker played like an international, Andy Carroll winning headers, holding up the ball and scoring the crucial matchwinner to get West Ham three vital points and remove the fears of relegation.

About our blogger

Name: Chris Wilkerson

Twitter handle: @The_Wilkerson

Regular Attendee

Favourite player: Mark Noble or Winston Reid

Most memorable game: Playoff Final

Predicted finish: 12th

It is funny how only one win pretty much puts relegation out of the mindset of the fans now, but with the table as it is it does not seem much more than a couple wins and draws will get us to a safe point tally.

The disappointment of our transfer window end was banished with the victory. It is still a problem, left back is an area we can be exposed at and Taylor did cause us some uncomforable moments when attacked against Swansea, but there is talent in the squad to cover the position for this season.

Joint Chairman David Sullivan revealed his own frustrations, as well as the threats of violence. It has become a sordid window, far more desperate than the summer.

Luckily, we do still have much depth. This is what will keep us away from the relegation battle.

Record signing Matt Jarvis was replaced at the weekend by Joe Cole. That’s not your usual West Ham substitution. With McCartney and Collins to return to the squad we have the cover elsewhere.

It was very heartening to see James Tomkins turn in a real performance at the weekend. He has been inconsistent this season, and used in roles he is not natural in, but a few games in the centre of defence has seen him find the player who was the best centre back in the Championship last season.

Now, it will be interesting to see how the team perform on the road again. Aston Villa are clearly suffering, but aspects of their performance against Everton show they are still very dangerous. There is no doubt there is the potential in their squad to burst back into life.

Kevin Nolan should see the goals of Fellaini against them and be excited at the space he found. Nolan can do exactly what Fellaini did, arriving in the right areas at the right times and is also strong in the air.

He has found a skip in his step in the past two games. The goal from Fulham was the sort that seemed to ricochet away in games gone by.

The partnership with Carroll was back in seconds against Swansea too. He moved into space and Carroll found him instinctively.

The goals are on the way back. Carroll got straight into the groove, if the two of them do the results will rocket straight back into the positive.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Newham Sports News

Action from the latest round of Indoor League matches at the UEL SportsDock

A round-up of the latest news from the Essex County Board’s FE Chance to Shine

NewVic College
Manuel Lanzini, West Ham United

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has revealed that it will not be long before we see Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho

James Collins
Yesterday, 16:00
St Edward's won the Langdon Schools Sports Partnership mixed netball event

News from the latest Langdon Academy School Sports Partnership event

Yesterday, 15:00
Jeff Stelling takes on the Men United March in aid of Prostate Cancer UK in March (pic: Prostate Cancer UK)

Soccer Saturday presenter thanks footballing world for backing ahead of epic walk for Prostate Cancer UK

United Kingdom

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Read more
Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe