Search

West Ham fringe men should be good enough to beat Blades

11:20 27 August 2014

Archant

Our West Ham blogger looks back at last night’s Capital One Cup exit

Capital One Cup Second Round. West Ham United misses a shot.Capital One Cup Second Round. West Ham United misses a shot.

No league cup run this season...but surely no-one can lay the blame at Big Sam’s door.

Last night against Sheffield United, Sam Allardyce named a team more than capable of seeing off a side currently sitting 12th in League One.

The fans have been baying for Sakho, Valencia and Morrison to start and Sam duly obliged starting all three.

When we were dumped out the FA cup last season 5-0 at Nottingham Forest; yes you could blame that disastrous day on Sam for fielding a side that had virtually no chance of winning; however despite making nine changes from the side that triumphed at Selhurst Park the team put out last night looked strong, certainly strong enough to go through against a poor Sheffield United.

You could be forgiven for thinking that Enner Valencia, Ravel Morrison, Mohamed Diame and Diego Poyet were going to cut a mid-table league one outfit to ribbons with quick incisive passing, an unrelenting tempo and a clinical edge, the kind of performance we witnessed against Crystal Palace...however the reality was a performance lacking any kind of tempo, urgency or quality in the final third.

The atmosphere inside Upton Park last night reflected the performance of the home side, flat. Only in the first half of regular time and the 2nd half of extra time did the Hammers put the Blades under any kind of consistent pressure; the other intervening periods were a non-event.

Perhaps with hindsight there was too much of an emphasis on getting ‘revenge’ for the whole Tevez saga as opposed to just focusing on beating a lower league side and progressing to the next round of the cup.

There were a couple positives to come out of last night’s humbling though; firstly Diafra Sakho got his first goal of hopefully many, Reece Burke and Diego Poyet acquitted themselves well and Enner Valencia got some much needed minutes under his belt.

The worn out cliché of ‘now we can focus on the league’ doesn’t really apply to West Ham as the squad was strong enough to have a proper crack this season.

However the blame for going out shouldn’t be laid at Sam’s door; instead the finger should be pointed at the talent on show ,who simply should’ve had enough about them to beat a league one side over 120 minutes.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham Sports News

37 minutes ago
Essex's Ashar Zaidi

Pakistan all-rounder Ashar Zaidi blazed an unbeaten half-century to strengthen Essex’s chances of joining Middlesex in the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals.

Nick Browne
West Ham team for Europa League clash with NK Domzale

The Hammers looked rusty as they were beaten in the Europa League despite Mark Noble strike

Clapton players (red and white) come to blows with their Welwyn Garden City rivals (claret and blue). Pic: TIM EDWARDS

Tons number two full of praise for Mile End Stadium boss Ade Abayomi ahead of first match of the new campaign

Essex Senior League
Leyton Orient captain Robbie Weir knocks the ball forward against Charlton Athletic. Pic: TIM REDER

Northern Irish midfielder impressed by ambition of the east Londoners and turned down League One teams to move to Brisbane Road

Armand Gnanduillet

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Read more
£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now