Hammers find big Sam’s way is bestMay 20, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Posted in General Football, Hammers | 3 Comments
I rolled out of my bed at 6AM Vancouver time to go to my friend Jonas’ house and watch our favourite English team, West Ham United, try to claw their way back up into England’s Premier league. A few cups of tea and some tasty muffins later it was West Ham 2, Blackpool 1, and West Ham were back up.
West Ham were the favourites going into the match, with several established veterans of the Premier league in their team, notably Carlton Cole, Robert Green and Kevin Nolan. Blackpool came into the game with a classic Championship side made up of hopeful youngsters and older players who never had the quality to play at the top levels of English football.
West Ham scored first through Cole; Blackpool’s Ince equalized soon after the break. Blackpool made heroic efforts to win the match but did not have the class or composure to finish their many chances. Around the 75th minute they ran out of gas and the bigger and fitter West Ham began to dominate until the inevitable occurred and Cole created a second goal by pressuring a rebound out of the Blackpool keeper. Hammer’s Portugese striker Ricardo Vaz Te knocked the loose ball into the top of the net.
It was vindication and a relief for big Sam Allardyce, West Ham’s manager, whose style of play this season has not suited Hammers fans. Sam’s mixture of high long balls and physical play did not suit the West Ham aesthetic of classy football with the ball played on the ground. But as they say, nothing succeeds like success, and big Sam has saved West Ham from the oblivion of another year in the second tier of English football. Had West Ham stayed down, they would have lost virtually all of their top quality players and would have taken a disastrous financial hit.
I have always felt the Premier League was lacking without West Ham. I look forward to next season! Now if only we could get Leeds United back up…