Sunday, November 23

Mersey beat

Everton 2 West Ham 1

Looking at the Match of the Day evidence West Ham can count themselves a little unlucky to have lost this one. Early doors Carroll played a great ball out wide to Jenkinson who fired in a dangerous cross while Naismith went close for the Toffees. Lukaku's opener saw a shot deflected off Winston Reid and the scorer was clearly offside. Looks like the introduction of Jarvis and Zarate improved the attacking options for the Hammers, with Zarate playing a one two and twisting inside to fire home an equaliser that was hugely deflected by Phil Jagielka. Everton's winner stemmed from Howard flapping at a Zarate cross, a huge clearance and West Ham being caught with too many men forward as Osman ghosted in to convert Eto'o's cross.

We still nearly equalised when Jarvis crossed and Collins stabbed the ball at Howard late on, before Eto'o missed a great chance for the home side. Seems to have been a bad-tempered game with Mirallas clattering Amalfiitano late and sparking a fracas with Reid being booked; after Amalfitano was crocked again another shoving match ensued where James Tomkins went down holding his face when he'd been pushed in the chest by Mirallas. No place for that James and not worthy of a player in claret and blue. But overall with five men out and Noble limping off injured we ran Everton close and several squad players such as Zarate staked a claim. Now we need to get some bodies back for the Newcastle match.

Saturday, November 22

Same old West Ham…

Rather a worrying team line-up at Goodison Park. The international break has deprived West Ham of Downing (who never looked fully fit for England in his 45 minutes against Scotland), Song, Sakho, Valencia and Kouyate. That's the core of the team that has performed so well this season. Looks like we'll be playing a five man defence with Cresswell and Jenkinson as wing backs. Cole and Caroll are starting up front, though won't have anything like the pace of Sakho and Valencia down the channels and Nolan is not going to get around the midfield like Song, though he might add some goal threat. It promises to be more like the West Ham of last season though at least Big Sam is still playing two up front. We'll do well to get something out of this.

Friday, November 21

West Ham Man

Did anyone notice that the infamous picture tweeted by Islington South MP Emily Thornberry of White Van Man in Rochester featured a West Ham badge on one of the England flags? Thornberry rapidly had to resign from Labour's front bench. Politically at least, with the Emirates Stadium being in Islington, she is probably an Arsenal fan. Patronise West Ham Man at your peril…

Tuesday, November 18

Jimmy Jimmy!

Interesting to see former Hammer (though he never played a game for us) Jimmy Bullard saying "F••k!" 30 times during the Bush Tucker Trial on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! He played for West Ham from 1999-2001 under Harry Redknapp, having been signed from Gravesend. Once saw him training with Paolo Di Canio, Lampard, Ferdinand, Carrick, Defoe and co and thought he looked a good player even then. He went on to have a fine career with Peterborough, Wigan and Fulham and is definitely one we missed out on. His cheeky personality would have gone down well with the fans too. Actually, he coped pretty well with the underwater lizards, crabs and snakes and won four stars. Makes you wonder what he must have encountered in the portacabins at Chadwell Heath…

Friday, November 14

Matt Taylor reaches for the stars

See Dr Matt Taylor has successfully landed a probe on the comet 67/P. Presumably he left West Ham because it wasn't rocket science launching the ball towards Andy Carroll…

Thursday, November 13

Messi plays at West Ham

My fellow season-ticket holder Matt was at West Ham last night for Argentina's 2-1 victory over Croatia and reports that Lionel Messi looked pretty tasty: "Messi was fantastic, great vision and technique and surely the best left foot the game has ever seen. He'd be a great addition to the Hammers' bench." How fitting that he should finally play upon the Upton Park turf that has been graced by other world-class players such as Christian Dailly and Hayden Mullins. Ex-Hammer Javier Mascherano was playing and Carlos Tevez came on for the last half an hour. Matt also reports lots of Argentina fans in Ken's Cafe sampling the finest English cuisine. Meanwhile the Daily Mail ran the headline "Messi signs for West Ham (fan)" above a picture of Lionel signing autographs. Maybe he'll join us for real once we're in the Champions League.

Tuesday, November 11

Is this our best ever bench?

One interesting aspect of Saturday's draw was the quality of West Ham's substitutes. We had Carroll, Nolan, Tomkins, O'Brien, Amalfitano, Cole and Jaaskelainen all warming their posteriors. That's seven players who have all at one point held down a first team place. Surely the strongest set of subs we've had in Premier League history and a good sign of the depth of the squad.