West Ham United Latest Team News for 2017 – 2018
- Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:30:45 +0000: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action - West Ham United | The Guardian
Hugo Lloris’s top-four focus for Spurs is telling, Callum Wilson is making up for lost time and can Paul Pogba yet be compared with Steven Gerrard?
After challenging for the title for the past couple of seasons, it was significant to hear Hugo Lloris contemplate looking over Tottenham Hotspur’s shoulder more than in front of them at the end of a derby defeat. “Oh, before we think about [the leaders] Man City it’s important to stay in the top four. This is the main target for our team,” he said. “We heard from outside that Tottenham play for the title, blah, blah, blah. The most important thing is to stay consistent in the league.” The difficulty imposing themselves on the most challenging away fixtures remains a sticking point. Having lost at Old Trafford and Arsenal in recent weeks, next month they visit the Premier League’s pace setters at the Etihad Stadium. Spurs found it hard to penetrate Arsenal’s defence, and when Mauricio Pochettino subbed off Harry Kane and Dele Alli neither could feel they had been at their most influential. “The spirit was good, we were in the fight and able to develop our game with the ball in the floor. But in the final third we need more aggression and movement,” Lloris said. “Now we need to carry on. It’s true that we wanted to do more against Manchester United and Arsenal. Unfortunately we couldn’t do that so now it’s important to have a run of victories because we need to keep our place at the top.” Amy LawrenceContinue reading...
- Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:50:00 +0000: David Moyes pleads for unity at West Ham as fans turn on club hierarchy - West Ham United | The Guardian
• Chants of ‘sack the board’ heard as Moyes’ loses first game in charge to Watford
• Manager hits out at ‘players with big reputations’
David Moyes has appealed for unity among West Ham United supporters after watching his new team slump to a 2-0 defeat at Watford in his first match, leaving them marooned in the relegation zone.
A number of fans made their feelings known throughout the game, with Will Hughes’s opening goal in the 11th minute greeted with a chorus of “sack the board” as West Ham made a nightmare start under the Scot in his first appointment since leaving Sunderland early last summer. Andy Carroll was also singled out for criticism by a large section of away supporters when he was withdrawn in the second half soon after Richarlison had doubled Watford’s lead and Moyes, who replaced Slaven Bilic as manager during the international break, admitted they will have to get behind the team if West Ham are to rescue themselves from their second-worst start to a Premier League season. “I don’t know the history and all the reasons for it but I have to say we need them now,” the manager said.Continue reading...
- Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:16:30 +0000: The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos - West Ham United | The Guardian
Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flightContinue reading...
- Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:12:34 +0000: Watford brush West Ham aside to show David Moyes scale of the task he faces - West Ham United | The Guardian
If David Moyes had any illusions that keeping West Ham in the Premier League will not be among the biggest challenges of his career, then the manner of this defeat must surely act as a major wake-up call.
Aside from a 10-minute spell either side of half-time in his 500th Premier League match as a manager Moyes saw his new side totally outplayed by a Watford team brimming with confidence and instilled with a clear game plan by their manager, Marco Silva.Continue reading...
- Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:03:23 +0000: Watford v West Ham United: Premier League – as it happened - West Ham United | The Guardian
David Moyes’s tenure at West Ham began with defeat by an impressive Watford side as Will Hughes scored his first top-flight goal and Richarlison added a second
Watford were much the better side with the goalscorers Will Hughes and Richarlison both so impressive, the wing-backs Marvin Zeegelaar and Kiko Femenia excellent and Heurelho Gomes producing some exceptional saves. West Ham created some good chances but David Moyes will have learnt plenty about what a tough job he has ahead. They remain in the bottom three, while Watford have ended their run of three straight defeats and climb one place to eighth. On that evidence, Everton might be persuaded to up their latest bid for Marco Silva.
That’s all from me, thanks for reading.
Andre Marriner blows the final whistle and David Moyes’s West Ham reign begins in defeat.
90+6 min Andre Carrillo replaces Andre Gray for the final minute or so.
90+5 min Pass, pass, pass. West Ham can’t get a touch. Watford work it into Richarlison’s feet in the box, who shuffles on to his right before squirming a shot just past the far post.
90+3 min Not the best delivery and Watford clear their lines. Will Hughes is handed man of the match by Alan Smith on Sky, and while he has been excellent I feel Heurelho Gomes can’t have had many better games than this one.
90+2 min Masuaku fires pass of the match across the pitch on to Lanzini’s chest. Zeegelaar fouls the Argentine and he will take the free-kick himself.
90 min Eight minutes will be added on following that Marko Arnautovic injury. Time for West Ham to hit back, but Watford seem the more likely to score right now.
88 min Watford’s ability to keep hold of the ball when they need to is really impressive.
87 min A shout for handball in the penalty box against a lunging Winston Reid, who waves away the crowd’s appeals. The referee ignores them too.
85 min Femenia is off and Watford are temporarily down to 10 men, but Jose Holebas is quickly brought on to replace the wing-back.
84 min Meanwhile the excellent Kiko Femenia is down with some kind of problem. He lies back holding his forehead while a physio assesses his knee and this might force another change.
83 min Watford change: Will Hughes has been excellent, scoring the first and setting up the second, and he is replaced by Roberto Pereyra to applause from Vicarage Road.
82 min West Ham are controlling possession but when they lose it they seem at risk of being caught on the counter. This time Mark Noble denies Watford the chance to break by blocking off Richarlison.
80 min West Ham have played well in the past couple of minutes without creating another clear chance.
78 min Watford come forwards again, Zeegelaar delivering a low cross which is put behind by Cresswell.
76 min West Ham have been entirely outplayed here yet oddly they might have scored three goals on another day. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m interested to find out their xG.
74 min Lanzini fires a shot past Gomes but it’s brilliantly blocked on the line by the well-positioned Kabasele. Close but no luck, once again.
73 min Arnautovic is finally off. Apparently he told Moyes: “Don’t change me,” but he has been changed as Arthur Masuaku comes on.
71 min The replay is inconclusive but possibly Zeegelaar accidentally trod on the Austrian’s hand. Arnautovic is still down being treated.
69 min Arnautovic is down, writhing on the floor in distress holding his wrist. It didn’t seem like a particularly heavy challenge so it might be that he landed awkwardly, but there seems some concern and the game is stopped.
67 min Gray is adjudged to have fouled Ogbonna in a tussle in the corner.
65 min Diafra Sakho replaces Andy Carroll, Moyes’ first change.
When they do eventually get out, it doesn’t last long and suddenly Watford are on the counterattack. Hughes finds Richarlison advancing on the left and he dribbles into the box before slamming a low shot at goal. Hart gets fingertips to it but no more.
62 min West Ham cannot get out of their defensive third. Crosses are flying in from both wing-backs and the Hammers are just trying to stay in it.
60 min Another fantastic save, this time by Joe Hart, denies Mariappa from close range. This match has been much the opposite of this one:
Championship goalkeeping masterclass at Sunderland v Millwall pic.twitter.com/3DEkymi6Wj
59 min Gray tries to bend one into the top corner but Reid gets an important toe to the ball to deflect it over.
58 min David Moyes looks to be readying a couple of substitutes.
56 min Femenia booms a cross way over the rabble in the box. Watford continue to control the game but are struggling to carve out a chance in the area.
54 min Good buildup by Watford once more, who constantly seem to have a man in acres on one side or the other. Eventually Will Hughes touches it out of his feet and tries a long-range effort but it’s deflected kindly for Hart to catch.
52 min Doucoure goes so close to all but ending this match, bending a shot from 25 yards just wide of the far post with Joe Hart rooted.
51 min Another fantastic chance for Kouyate. Arnautovic holds off Britos to earn himself a little space on the right side of the box. He crosses low for Kouyate who should hit the target but flies his first-time shot high over the bar.
49 min Femenia is good, isn’t he? He bursts down the right, terrifying Cresswell before slamming a low cross to Andre Gray. The striker gets boot to ball but it spins wide of the near post.
47 min Obiang passes the ball off the pitch about 10 yards away from Arnautovic, his intended target, and it rolls past David Moyes standing perplexed on the touchline.
Watford start the second half and begin with some steady passing at the back.
“I know some people will disagree with me on this,” emails Kelvin, “but despite Richarlison’s undoubted talent, he seems to go to ground way too easily. Plus that rolling around thing he does does him no favours.” I would not disagree with that.
Watching the replays of those West Ham chances at the end of the half, the first save is brilliant, as is the second, but the third one was there for Arnautovic to tap in and he sliced it, allowing Gomes half a second to reach up and palm the ball to safety. Some fantastic stops but the Austrian should have scored. On Carroll’s flying elbow early in the game, I’m still convinced it should have been a red card.
“To Gary Naylor’s point, Tom is aptly named,” emails Michael Huppe. “He learned at United that if you pass mostly sideways and backwards it belies your lack of pace.”
Watford lead at the break and they’ve been much the better team, yet they have Heurelho Gomes to thank for three sensational saves at the end of the half.
45+2 min WHAT A DOUBLE SAVE! Arnautovic slams a header towards goal and a deflection seems to take it past Gomes, yet the goalkeeper throws out a hand and makes a miraculous stop. No matter as Arnautovic can tap in the rebound, but somehow Gomes smothers that one too and David Moyes is left with hands on head.
45 min There will be four minutes added on following the various incidents but particularly the injury to Zeegelaar in the opening minute.
44 min That was West Ham’s best moment by far and they seem encouraged. Zabaleta sends a cross towards Carroll and Watford defend it. He tries again and this one runs through to Lanzini on the left side of the box. Things get scrappy and eventually Obiang tries a long shot, but it flies high over the Watford goal.
42 min WHAT A SAVE! Or miss, depending on your viewpoint. West Ham suddenly put together a lovely move of crisp passing and when Kouyate is set through on goal he must score, surely, but Gomes rushes off his line and deflects the shot past the post with his body.
40 min Pedro Obiang jams a boot into the back of Will Hughes’s ankles and hands Watford a free-kick in a useful position on the right-hand side. DiCaprio delivers but it’s defended easily enough.
38 min Richarlison fouls Obiang. Hart launches the free-kick forwards and West Ham build up well when they claim the second ball, but a moment later Zabaleta gives away a foul and their momentum is lost.
@lawrenceostlere There's something heroic, something inspirational about how Tom Cleverley has forged a career in football despite his lack of pace. Is there a biopic in the works, possibly starring Tom Hanks?
36 min Watford are exceptionally composed in tight spaces, a product of Marco Silva’s coaching you suspect. They work their way smartly out of a tight spot via Doucoure and Cleverley before Miguel Britos makes a terrible decision to shoot from 35 yards. It does not go near the goal.
34 min West Ham seem to have ridden out a period of pressure without conceding a second goal and that is about as positive as it gets for them in this first half. Another player is in the book – Marko Arnautovic, having slammed into Tom Cleverley after a heavy touch.
32 min Close! Hart parries away a shot from Richarlison and gets up to see Femenia slam the rebound just wide of his far post. Some positive vibes on email from Redo City: “West Ham set out their stall by installing David Moyes as coach. Since leaving Everton he has been humiliated every where he has gone. His authority is nowhere as a falling manager, on a short contract. The Sullivan & Gold partnership will be the end of a great club.”
31 min Some more interchanges between the front three of Watford create a half-chance for Andre Gray in the box but the angle is tight and Joe Hart catches his high shot.
30 min Lanzini delivers well but Britos manages to get a smidgen of forehead on the ball at the back post to clear the threat.
29 min Britos sprints across to the left to wipe out Kouyate. Yellow card, and a promising free-kick for West Ham.
27 min Andy Carroll is hunted down by three Watford players, and after they pinch it from him he reacts with a deliberate barge into Richarlison. The home support want a red card but Andre Marriner rightly chooses yellow. Silly stuff by the man returning from suspension.
25 min Watford come forwards again, this time via Hughes on the right side. They reach a dead end and pull back before advancing down the left, Zeegelaar powering inside and shrugging off two defenders before the eventual cross is blocked by Winston Reid.
23 min Cresswell tries to find Carroll with a high ball but lumps it far too long and off for a goal-kick.
22 min Richarlison goes down in a clash with Pablo Zabaleta just inside the box and Vicarage Road roars, but Andre Marriner is not interested. The replay shows there was a bit of contact and the full-back certainly didn’t touch the ball, but it seemed the Brazilian’s momentum had more to do with his fall than the defender’s attentions.
20 min Hart chips a nice pass for Andy Carroll who leaps and powers a header onwards, but bizarrely no team-mate anticipated he might win it.
@lawrenceostlere I feel jet lagged just hearing about Winston Reid’s travel over the last week. How is he playing?
18 min David Moyes gesticulates on the bench next to Stuart Pearce, who sits quietly and nods. Up in the stands, Alan Irvine seems to be giving Moyes some insight via a headset. “There’s one!” cheers JR from Illinois following his earlier email. “Off to a great start! Just nine more to go!”
16 min Zeegelaar sends in another cross to cause uncertainty in the West Ham defence, this time drilling a low ball across the face of goal, but no Watford player anticipates it. The Dutch wing-back has started well and has bounced back quickly from that blow by Andy Carroll’s forearm.
14 min Some nice zip to Watford’s play since the goal, Hughes looking full of confidence as he tries to link up with Andre Gray but the return pass from the striker is slightly overhit. A moment later Gray complains he was held back chasing a throughball, a complaint the crowd support, but Andre Marriner is not convinced.
12 min Moyes not off to a flyer quite yet. “Wasn’t one of the criticisms of Bilic his over-reliance on inspirational speeches?” emails Peter Oh. “Moyes sure has fixed that problem.”
Zeegelaar finds Richarlison who dribbles in from the left before returning the ball to his full-back. He delivers a cross, and in the ensuing scramble Will Hughes swivels smartly before slamming his first Watford goal past Joe Hart from 10 yards.
8 min Kabasele shakes that one off. It has been more royal rumble that football match so far. Watford take hold of the ball, briefly, but can’t make anything meaningful with it in the final third – something which blighted their performance in defeat against Stoke recently.
6 min Cresswell aims a cross into the middle but scuffs it along the ground when Carroll was at the far post. Another incident involving Carroll in that buildup – he jabbed an elbow into Kabasele’s chest and he’s down clutching his ribs.
5 min Zeegelaar returns to the fray with cotton buds or something similar shoved up both nostrils.
3 min Zeegelaar is off the pitch with his bleeding nose being carefully attended to. “I can’t put my finger on exactly why but I take a great deal of pleasure in watching footballs fly past Joe Hart and into the net,” emails JR from Illinois. “I have also developed a decent amount of schadenfreude where David Moyes is concerned so we’ve got a perfect storm brewing here. Nothing personal West Ham fans but I hope Watford win 10-0.”
“How does Carroll not get a yellow for that?” JR adds. “Crazy.” It was a red in my book.
2 min Marvin Zeegelaar is down receiving treatment and it looks like there is some blood coming from that wound sustained by Carroll. The replay shows that it was a very similar clash to that with Burnley’s Ben Mee (I believe) a few weeks ago which saw him sent off.
Andre Marriner gives his whistle a peep and we’re under way – and straight away Andy Carroll smashes an arm into debutant Zeegelaar’s face.
The players enter the field of play. On Sky Sports, pundit Alan Pardew is asked what advice he would give to the West Ham players, and he talks for a long time before finishing with “Do what you do.” Inspiring. Hands shake and they are about to get under way.
“Where’s Antonio?” emails Graeme Arthur. He’s suffering some rib knack.
Was Moyes this cheery at Everton?
David Moyes, sounding as optimistic as ever: “We’re ready to go. We’ve had a few training sessions this week and last week. Have we done everything we could? No. Have we had enough time with the players? No. We’re a bit limited in what we can do. I’ve been saying ‘Let’s make sure we do the job right’ but [the players] need to take responsibility themselves. Most important is we want to be a team that doesn’t lose.”
David Moyes’s new backroom staff:
So Marco Silva hands Marvin Zeegelaar a debut at left wing-back, the Dutch summer signing from Sporting. David Moyes makes three changes from Slaven Bilic’s final match, a couple of which are enforced with Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew injured and unwell respectively. He hands Marko Arnautovic a chance to reestablish himself in the side while Andy Carroll leads the line.
Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray
Subs: Karnezis, Carrillo, Prodl, Holebas, Capoue, Okaka, Pereyra
It is difficult to find the words to dress up David Moyes’s return to management as exciting without lying. It wasn’t always this way; back around the time when Manchester United were winning a historic treble, a young red-headed Scot was winning Division Two titles and manager of the year awards with Preston as the next talented British coach on his way to the top. Moyes retained much of that promise at Everton but as we all know, his reputation began to rapidly disintegrate soon after signing a six-year contract at Old Trafford.Continue reading...
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- Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:26:51 +0000: Ex-England midfielder Parker retires - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Ham United | BBC
Ex-England, Charlton and Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker announces his retirement from football.
- Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:20:53 +0000: World Cup winner Arbeloa retires aged 34 - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Ham United | BBC
Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and West Ham defender Alvaro Arbeloa is retiring from football at the age of 34.
- Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:55:41 +0000: West Ham's Oxford joins Gladbach - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Ham United | BBC
West Ham defender Reece Oxford joins German side Borussia Monchengladbach on a season-long loan deal.
- Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:00:05 +0000: Premier League fixtures in full - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Ham United | BBC
Find out your club's full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.
- Wed, 07 Jun 2017 06:59:41 +0000: Man Utd top football rich list - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Ham United | BBC
Manchester United overtake Real Madrid as the world's most valuable football team, according to business magazine Forbes.