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Offline marki

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Re: crisis united v happy hammers sat 3pm
« Reply #45 on: August 26, 2017, 11:52:44 PM »
good result and lots of efffort ,,i would need a fullweekend to read the last 2 posts so to sum it up  :thumbs:


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Re: crisis united v happy hammers sat 3pm
« Reply #46 on: August 27, 2017, 12:32:37 AM »
Been twice this week now and what a contrast. Midweek there was no defence but today we had three excellent defenders and when Yedlin is fit we will have four - sorry Manquillo but tucking in leaving the winger free is just not right.

Him apart couldn't criticise anyone and Merino is a step up on Shelvey - he won 80% of the ball in midfield including just about every header and distribution was excellent.

Atsu was good as was Ritchie and Mbemba was a revelation at left back.

Up front Joselu and Perez combined well then Mitrovich added firepower and fight.

Loved the show lads rinse and repeat  :)
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Offline AceLV74EVA

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Re: crisis united v happy hammers sat 3pm
« Reply #47 on: August 27, 2017, 12:39:50 AM »
 :) :) :)

Just a great performance, thought we could win it but didn't think we would dominate so much 3-0 flattered west ham

It was good to see the players playing for rafa after all the s*** from the media ( and some of our fans) this week, the high press worked really well and the midfield in particular worked their arses off to overrun west ham, so much more positive after watching that and with a few quality additions before the deadline I think we can keep above the relegation battle

Elliot- made a good save from Hernandez after he had made a hash of the first one from Cresswell, think his distribution could have been better as well

Manquillo- Plenty of running as always and he got stuck in, has some ability there no doubt and with good coaching could be a good squad player

Lascelles- very composed and looking less carthorsey than usual

Clark- totally dominant, great clearance off the line and took his goal well

Mbemba- got done a couple of times early on by Antonio but after that grew into the game, if he had a decent left foot he could be the answer to our LB connundrum

Hayden- Pressing everywhere, and some good link up play and runs forward, good to see him looking good at this level as Iv had my doubts about him

Merino- just looked a class act today, brilliant passing through and so calm and composed under pressure

Ritchie-Just a pest to west ham throughout, the second goal was all from his persistence , he links up well with everyone, for me we need to consider putting him in the number 10 role as in the 2nd half he wandered inside a lot leaving cresswell free and Manquillo 2 on 1

Atsu- worked hard and was a threat, but I think he needs to look at his decision making as he lost it a few times one on one with zabaleta when he should have got the ball in and he played one way too early when he had loads of time and space to run in with it

Perez- worked really hard and linked up well, but for me there just seems to be something missing for him in this role, he just isn't creative enough and think we really need a new signing here

Joselu-Led the line really well, his movement and hold up play is excellent and think as he gets fitter he will get better

Mitro- plenty of running when he came on to make the most of the space, learned from his bad miss to be more composed with his goal. Hes earning his chance unfortunately for him so is Joselu 2 big men up top?

Diame and Murphy- came on at game over
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Offline Toon1

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Re: crisis united v happy hammers sat 3pm
« Reply #48 on: August 27, 2017, 06:25:03 AM »
Merino was absolutely top drawer - he gets four in, is in the right position defensively, good in air and then when has ball at his feet can pick a pass.

Was impressed with him when he came on against spurs but yesterday he stepped it up and in my opinion has to be a starter going forward.

I usually slate him but have to say Perez had a decent game - Ritchie & Atsu were both dangerous too - with aarons & Murphy on bench I'm pleased we have good options out wide - just need to get the ball to them as quickly as possible.


Offline optimistic geordie

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Re: crisis united v happy hammers sat 3pm
« Reply #49 on: August 27, 2017, 09:14:56 AM »
Delighted with our first win of the season great  to see joseleu  score at home for the first time.Tremendous fight as a TEAM  today  first to everything chasing and harrying  west ham even at 3 nil up.
Not the best team in our history  but pulling  in the right direction  together   would love to see more of this
Rafa has them  fighting for each other  not always pretty  and lacking quality  hopefully the next four days will change that .


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Re: crisis united v happy hammers sat 3pm
« Reply #50 on: August 27, 2017, 09:36:49 AM »
Delighted with our first win of the season great  to see joseleu  score at home for the first time.Tremendous fight as a TEAM  today  first to everything chasing and harrying  west ham even at 3 nil up.
Not the best team in our history  but pulling  in the right direction  together   would love to see more of this
Rafa has them  fighting for each other  not always pretty  and lacking quality  hopefully the next four days will change that .


That's being too optimistic  :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: crisis united v happy hammers sat 3pm
« Reply #51 on: August 27, 2017, 09:56:24 AM »
Much much better performance, more of the same required... And ideally a few more in.

Oh and Joe Hart is f***ing s***, most overrated English keeper in a long time - that alone ought to kerb the optimism a little :lol:

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Re: crisis united v happy hammers sat 3pm
« Reply #52 on: August 27, 2017, 10:01:57 AM »
Excellent performance. Great atmosphere in the ground with plenty of support for Rafa even before we took the lead.

We are very organised defensively. That was clear last season and in the first three games of this season. Rafa has these guys working in an excellent defensive shape from front to back. They press as a team and get into shape when the press is not on. The result is that we are hard to break down even with three of the back four not being first choice.

The big difference yesterday was going forward. Joselu made a big difference. I thought that he had an excellent debut. He has the physical size to compete for the ball, decent pace, very good mobility across the pitch and a good touch. The way we play, we don't hold onto the ball that well as we concentrate on keeping a solid shape. When other teams press us then we tend to go long. Also, our defenders are safety first, so they will clear their lines when in any danger. When Gayle is the lonely front man, we usually then just cough the ball up to the opposition. Yesterday, Joselu and even Perez to be fair, competed for all of those balls. Joselu controlled plenty of long passes and linked to the midfield. We looked a lot better. The midfield were then getting the ball looking forward.

The mobile target man makes Rafas system tick going forward. Mitro can play that role to an extent, but he lacks the mobility and speed of Joselu. Gayle is more of a poacher and does not lead the line in that way.

There were a lot of good performances. All of the midfield played well. Merino and Hayden were excellent. Terrific work rate, discipline and physicality. Merino is clearly comfortable on the ball and can pick a pass. Shelvey should not get his place back automatically on that performance.

The only downside as that we are thread bare. Gamez and Saivet on the bench. We have cover on the wings. Rafa does not fancy Mitro, but at least he offers an option for Joselu. Elliot is vulnerable. He nearly dumped us in it yesterday with the one save he had to make.

Three or four decent players to the squad and Rafa will get us into mid table. They don't have to be big names. Another big mobile forward would be good. Some good athletes elsewhere will do. Rafa's system then makes them look better players.

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Re: crisis united v happy hammers sat 3pm
« Reply #53 on: August 27, 2017, 10:39:46 AM »
What a transformation in 6 days, hard to beleive it's the same team, apart from joselu in for gayle, that performed so poorly at 'uddersfield although the stats of 13 shots 5 on target for an away match aren't too bad, it was the lethargy and zero passion on show, anyone would have thought the players weren't too happy with their bonus arrangements or summat.  :roll:

Last week Gayle was left totally isolated because of rafa's over-cautious approach against a team we had beaten 1-3 a few months ago. No such thing for Joselu yesterday who found himself with plenty of black and white shirts buzzing around him from the first bell, such positivety all of a sudden as Merino bombs forward and picks out Atsu (bless you) who unselfishly played in Joselu to open his account, clearly an emotional moment for the big fella as he dropped to his knees on hearing the huge roar that greeted his goal, nice to feel loved after Hughes effectively chucked him on the scrap heap the miserable little Welsh twit.

The goal was just reward for the hard work the team had put in collectively closing down, not giving spam a second on the ball, and everyone just wanting to get forward, Rafa literally 'let the horses run freely' in contrast to last week and none moreso than the little Scottish terrier Ritchie whose persistence down the right got him to the byline to pick out Clark for the second. Mitro was given 20 minutes and something has definitely clicked in terms of his realization of how hard he has to work if he wants to be starting games, he is clearly really trying now to impress, no more sauntering around waiting for something to happen, no more reluctance to chase down lost causes, he now is making good runs, trying to find space, showing more awareness and concentration, his goal on Wednesday was very well taken although the forest defence allowed him the time and space to pick his spot, and west ham left him totally unmarked twice, fotunately he stuck one away.

3goals, 3points, clean sheet, happy days.  :thumbs:

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Offline Finnish Geordie

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Re: crisis united v happy hammers sat 3pm
« Reply #54 on: August 27, 2017, 11:15:48 AM »



. Mitro was given 20 minutes and something has definitely clicked in terms of his realization of how hard he has to work if he wants to be starting games, he is clearly really trying now to impress, no more sauntering around waiting for something to happen, no more reluctance to chase down lost causes, he now is making good runs, trying to find space, showing more awareness and concentration, his goal on Wednesday was very well taken although the forest defence allowed him the time and space to pick his spot, and west ham left him totally unmarked twice, fotunately he stuck one away.



There clearly were sings in pre-season and its nice to see he continues all good work in "true games". Two good goals in two given chances, im starting to believe he could turn things around for himself and the team. Ive given critic to him earlier among many others but have to say, hes been totally differend player this season so far
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Re: crisis united v happy hammers sat 3pm
« Reply #55 on: August 27, 2017, 12:17:40 PM »
What a great feeling :thumbs:
Can't remember last time we won 3-0 at St James' being so dominant.
What a huge difference which I'd nailed down to having a strong centre forward, mobile and pressing the centre halfs. Joselu has offered much more options to the midfield, particularly to Merino - what a player !
Perez was much more closer to the front line too.
Hope it's the start of a running win.

West Ham was woeful

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Re: crisis united v happy hammers sat 3pm
« Reply #56 on: August 27, 2017, 12:58:13 PM »

when was the last time we "got at" anyone?

9/4 west ham today, get on

Hope you didn't lose too much :lol:
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Re: crisis united v happy hammers sat 3pm
« Reply #57 on: August 29, 2017, 06:13:31 PM »
I'm not getting carried away. Yes is was a solid win with few negatives, but it was against the worst team in the league. Let's see how long it lasts.

If this team had started this way against Spurs, it'd have been a very different season. They may still have lost that game, but they would have beaten Huddersfield for sure.
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Re: crisis united v happy hammers sat 3pm
« Reply #58 on: August 29, 2017, 06:20:15 PM »
I'm not getting carried away. Yes is was a solid win with few negatives, but it was against the worst team in the league. Let's see how long it lasts.

If this team had started this way against Spurs, it'd have been a very different season. They may still have lost that game, but they would have beaten Huddersfield for sure.

I knew once Dummett was injured we would struggle as he has been a rock at LB, fortunately because we pressed high up the pitch against the hammers and never gave them any time on the ball anywhere on the pitch and also kept them pegged back with out positive attacking play, our back four werent really tested at all really
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