Search

Ironside: Spurs have Bale but the Hammers have Cole back home to revive the West Ham way

13:05 28 February 2013

West Ham United

West Ham United's Joe Cole celebrates scoring against Spurs. Photo: Adam Davy/PA

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Even if you go into a game expecting nothing, it is still a blow to lose a last-gasp goal.

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

We matched Tottenham man-to-man, in some cases bettered them, but the one we struggled with all evening popped up with a scorcher. Like the Robin van Persie goal in the FA Cup earlier in the season, sometimes you just have to accept pure quality when it goes against you.

While Spurs can enjoy Gareth Bale, I think we must take a look at an academy boy in our team who is showing how much natural talent can impact a game.

The main positive of 2013 so far has got to have been the return of Joe Cole to east London.

The results may not have been spectacular lately, but there is something so wonderful about watching a very good player on the ball. He is instinctive and smart, not one to panic when the ball comes to his feet and has the vision to make things happen.

"Scoring a clever goal against Spurs won’t do him [Cole] any harm with the fans either! The passion in his celebration was fantastic and summed up how a boy who understands the club would feel"

Chris Wilkerson

Even in the performances against Aston Villa, a completely turgid affair, there was the sense that anything decent was going to come through Joey. He is completely calm in possession, somewhat of a contrast to our style at times, and does not rush into bad decisions on the ball.

The weight of his passing is a dream too. The pass through to Matty Taylor, when we had the chance to go 3-1 ahead against Spurs, was simple yet exquisite. The vision and execution was perfect as he needed to delay for the pass, but there was no rush, he kept the ball at his feet and guided it where it needed to go.

Scoring a clever goal against Spurs won’t do him [Cole] any harm with the fans either! The passion in his celebration was fantastic and summed up how a boy who understands the club would feel.

There is just the feeling of class around him. Much maligned at Liverpool, he has proven already how good a player he remains. No longer do we see flash but useless tricks, no longer does he run down blind alleys, his experience is keenly felt in a team that rushes a lot of what it does.

Performances this year will remain inconsistent; I do not think any fans will doubt that. However, there is still the time to sit and appreciate a level of quality that Joe has, and watching him may lift the gloom we will still face as the season continues.

We may have been dragged into the Premier League’s relegation dogfight, but with players like Joey we clearly have the talent to be not only a threat to other teams, but to find moments of inspiration too.

Some remnants of the West Ham way do live on.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

O's captain Nathan Clarke (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Orient captain keen for side to make amends at Rochdale

Jay Simpson
11:00
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce appears unhappy with a decision during the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

Hammers manager Sam Allardyce rued his team’s mistakes, but there was so much more to moan about

Sam Allardyce
Orient boss Fabio Liverani holds his hands up in the air following Saturday's 6-1 defeat to MK Dons (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Brisbane Road manager preview’s this evening’s clash with Rochdale and discusses Jay Simpson’s importance

David Mooney
Yesterday, 21:32
Richard Lawson of the Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Elite League: Wolverhampton Wolves 52 Lakeside Hammers 38

Most read sport

Competitions

Glen Moray whiskey could be winging its way to you.

The Glen Moray Classic is a classic Speyside single malt and forms the starting point for the Classic Range.

Read more
Seasons 1-4 on Blu-ray, as well as a shiny new Sony Blu-ray player could be coming your way!

To celebrate the fifth series of George RR Martin and HBO’s epic fantasy Game of Thrones, Ladbrokes is giving away a series one to four Blu-ray box set along with a Sony Blu-ray player to one lucky winner!

Read more

Digital Edition

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


Our trusted business finder