Notts Forest 1 West Ham 4
What a great weekend. Spurs lose 5-1 at home, Arsenal are hammered 8-2 by United and we win 4-1 away. "Watched" the first half late at night from a Sydney hotel room via BBCsport.com's live updates and went to bed pretty confident at 3-0 up. And this time even we couldn't blow it.
Now back in Blighty and able to see the goals. Incredibly, we're now lethal at set pieces. We've finally found a use for Faubert - winning corners from his deflected shots. Credit to Tomkins for heading the ball back into the box for Nolan's second and Winston Reid for finding Cole's bonce for the third. While Taylor made the first own goal with a fine cross and set the fourth up for Reid.
Admittedly Green had to make two fine saves and Forest were woeful at the back but three away wins in three is something we haven't achieved since prehistory. What was also encouraging from the highlights was that Carlton Cole was chasing lost causes, setting up Faubert and Nolan for chances they should have buried.
And what has Allardyce done to inspire Winston Reid? As a former ugly centre back Big Sam's definitely helped Reid with his game and perhaps the fact that Allardyce worked with fellow Kiwi Ryan Nelson at Blackburn is a promising sign too.
A great win. Shame we'll be bypassing Arsenal next season though...
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