West Ham United 3 Newcastle 1

September 20, 2008 at 8:32 pm | Posted in Hammers | Leave a comment

Nice first game for new boss Zola!  WHU seemed determined to play the ball on the ground, and to my surprise, it actually worked…  

Di Michele was a revelation, and clearly his technical skill will suit Zola’s style of play. He scored two and unselfishly served up the third for Ethers with a lovely spin of the ball. Di Michele is very comfortable and composed on the ball and it was his composure which brought him his second goal.

It is interesting to contrast Di Michele with Carlton Cole, who is the classic English forward.  He worked like a dog out there.  He is a bit clumsy, and needs to do some co-ordination exercises.  He really can’t dribble much either and does not really have fine technical ball skills like Di Michele.   Still, he gives his all, and he was good at shielding the ball and holding it while the rest of the team caught up.

Noble and Parker certainly did well in midfield, and seemed to do all right with the new on-the ground style. 

The team was solid from back to front, and the only letdown was a 10 minute spell after West Ham’s third goal when the team was simply not putting pressure on Newcastle in midfield.  Owen’s goal woke up WHU and soon the balance returned.  I feel for Owen, who is a top class player playing for what is currently a joke of a team at so many levels.  Toon were clearly demoralized.  The scene off of the pitch has been such a farce in so many ways that there can be no doubt it is getting to the players.  

A great result for WHU but I remain unconvinced… lets see what happens when we play a team that is not in ruins!


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