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    Ipswich Town v West Ham United

    Post  Kray JR on Sat 04 Aug 2012, 5:27 pm

    Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, Potts, O'Neil, Noble, Taylor, Vaz Te, Maiga, Cole

    Subs: Henderson, O'Brien, Moncur, Lletget, Fanimo, Maynard

    FINAL SCORE - Ipswich Town 3 West Ham United 1

    Nuff said
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    Post  Admin on Sat 04 Aug 2012, 6:51 pm

    Thats more than enuff said dude , finguck joke , how mant have we won in this pre season , 2 ?
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    Post  Kray JR on Sat 04 Aug 2012, 7:55 pm

    I wouldnt normally worry about it dude but who is missing ? Tomkins, Nolan, Diame and Collison ? have I missed anyone ?

    Doesnt look too good to me.

    Apparently it was an experimental 4-4-2 we played today.




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    Re: Ipswich Town v West Ham United

    Post  Admin on Sat 04 Aug 2012, 8:02 pm

    Aint Sam tried that before with not too much luck . I know we are missing a few players but FFS we need to do better , this is the Prem we are back in not the cocopops twitch
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    Re: Ipswich Town v West Ham United

    Post  Suzanne Claret on Sat 04 Aug 2012, 8:04 pm

    I'm worried because its starting to look worrying Suspect
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    Post  Kray JR on Sat 04 Aug 2012, 8:23 pm

    I wouldnt be worried if it was the first game of pre-season..........but its not. twitch
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    Post  Jiggs on Sat 04 Aug 2012, 8:49 pm

    Kray JR wrote:Apparently it was an experimental 4-4-2 we played today.


    rofl Sorry, I dunno why I find it funny, it just is... confu


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    Post  Admin on Sun 05 Aug 2012, 8:19 am

    PLAYER REACTION: We played West Ham off the park says Ipswich goalscorer Michael Chopra .
    And we have gone from Carrol to a Southend player who is probably only worth 200,000 . what the fcuk is going on . Tell me when to start panicking Mr Manering nailbiter
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    Re: Ipswich Town v West Ham United

    Post  Admin on Sun 05 Aug 2012, 9:01 am

    Nicked from the Offish

    Neil McDonald insisted West Ham United will be ready for the start of the Barclays Premier League season, despite seeing the Hammers fall to a disappointing 3-1 pre-season defeat at Ipswich Town on Saturday.

    The assistant manager conceded that West Ham had not been at their best at Portman Road, pointing to an experimental formation, a slow start and individual errors as the major factors in causing the loss - factors that the team will have to avoid repeating when they travel to Portuguese UEFA Champions League qualifiers SC Braga on Friday evening.

    Talking to West Ham TV, McDonald said pre-season was the time to make mistakes and take risks, but confirmed that the Hammers will be prepared come the big kick-off at home to Aston Villa on Saturday 18 August.

    What was your assessment of the Ipswich Town game, Macca?

    NM - "The performance wasn't very good. Our performances over pre-season have been decent and we look for a bit of progression and in the first half we didn't really get it, so we're disappointed with that. We played a different system than we normally play and I think we got over-run and outpassed in the first half. A few home truths were told at half-time and I think we ame out and played a lot better in the second half. We created a few chances and scored a goal ourselves and then conceded again at the end. The performance has to be better and we've got another two weeks to make sure they are better. We'll train and we also have the Braga game and we'll be ready for Aston Villa."

    We were 2-0 down within 20 minutes after conceding a penalty and free-kick just outside our penalty area, while the third goal was also avoidable. Saying that, we did improve in the second half. What were the reasons?

    NM - "We don't like individual mistakes. We conceded a penalty and then a wide free-kick and everyone has the responsibility to defend a wide free-kick better. The third goal we had to defend better and not give the ball away. Those are the things we'll be working very, very hard on over the next two weeks and hopefully we'll see an improvement against Braga on Friday. I think we played better in the second half because we told them a few home truths about each individual performance and the unit performance [at half-time]. If you get both of them right you play better and I think we played better in the second half. The aim is to produce a better performance on Friday. The aim has always been to be ready for the start of the season and Aston Villa. We've got to be ready for Aston Villa and if our performance is good against Braga, then we'll be happy with that."

    With two weeks to go until the start of the Barclays Premier League season, presumably yourself, Big Sam and the Board will be eager to strengthen the squad before 18 August?

    NM - "I think we've got a thinnish squad. We've obviously got two away at the Olympics and a few injuries and we had a couple of the young lads on the bench on Saturday. When they came on they did all right and it was a good experience for them. Behind the scenes, if we can bring in two or three players to stiffen the squad up and add more competition for places that would be brilliant. It'll keep everybody on their toes as well if we can bring new faces in."

    *Neil McDonald also revealed that Kevin Nolan and Jack Collison will soon be back in action in his West Ham TV interview. To watch it in full, login or subscribe by clicking the link below.


    Well I am glad someone is positive for the new season and thinks that we are ready cos I finguck aint Rolling Eyes
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    Re: Ipswich Town v West Ham United

    Post  JulianDicksLeftKnee on Sun 05 Aug 2012, 3:54 pm

    Some of our crappest pre-seasons have been followed by good seasons. And vice-versa. No need to panic till Christmas, did okay last season and only lost a great keeper and replaced him with a geriatric, Ireland 4th choice with a handful of lower league games and a small daschund called Colin. What's to panic about???

    Or are we expecting more than a delegation/lower half struggle this season-I'm not and will not be surprised by it!
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    Post  Dan C on Sun 05 Aug 2012, 9:08 pm

    I am getting extremely worried myself now. Earlier in pre-season, my concern was that we were not signing players early enough to bed in to the squad etc - now my concern is that we might not sign anyone else at all! Or at least anyone of sufficient quality. I have been distinctly underwhelmed by the players brought in thus far - even Diame barely played as Wigan turned their season around last year. I still have my concerns about Tomkins at the top level, as proved with two of the goals conceded when he has played for GB.

    I think, overall, we may have gone backwards over the summer and actually have a weaker squad than we had in the Championship. We've lost an excellent goalkeeper in Green, a classy, creative midfielder in Lansbury and pace down the right with Faubert. Green has been replaced by two average, at best, keepers. Diame is a replacement for Bouba Diop and Collins is a replacement for Faye. Maiga is unproven in the Premier League.

    The next week or two are hugely important. I have a feeling that the Daves are holding onto their money and will see if Big Sam has us outside the drop zone in November/December - if not they'll sack him, bring in Redknapp and give him the money they should be spending in this window. I hope I'm wrong.
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    Re: Ipswich Town v West Ham United

    Post  Suzanne Claret on Sun 05 Aug 2012, 9:27 pm

    I hope you wrong too Dan, I'm afraid though that you arnt Telling
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    Post  SemiOldIron on Sun 05 Aug 2012, 9:30 pm

    If Sam's pre-season masterplan was to lull the rest of the Premier League into a false sense of security, then it has succeeded beyond his wildest expectations.
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    Re: Ipswich Town v West Ham United

    Post  Tony P on Mon 06 Aug 2012, 7:20 am

    Along with Dan, and many others I suspect, I am very worried indeed. I am not impressed with either of the keepers we signed to replace Rob Green. The signing of Collins does not inspire me either. He is a younger version of Faye. Happy with Diame and I expect him to be a pivotal part of our 3/5 man midfield. We still need the following positions filled with players who either have Premier League experience or pure quality - right back, centre back, creative midfield player (or wide player) and a goalscorer

    A mate of mine was at the Ipswich game and said it was a truly awful performance. We did not have a shot of note until the 55th minute and continually look likely to concede a goal

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    Re: Ipswich Town v West Ham United

    Post  Kray JR on Mon 06 Aug 2012, 8:00 am

    Shit I am now worried even more because Dan is worried, he is usually the calming influence when I am worrying about the team.

    Telling
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    Post  Suzanne Claret on Mon 06 Aug 2012, 8:02 am

    jawdrop Dan & Tony are both worried

    Im now proper frightened Sad
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    Re: Ipswich Town v West Ham United

    Post  Sir Ian on Mon 06 Aug 2012, 11:03 am

    let me get this right what people are saying is that we are extremely poo and we should "BE AFRAID,BE VERY AFRAID"!!!! 3scared handgren
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    Post  Admin on Mon 06 Aug 2012, 12:34 pm

    In a nutshell Sire in a nutshell 3scared
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    Re: Ipswich Town v West Ham United

    Post  JulianDicksLeftKnee on Mon 06 Aug 2012, 12:38 pm

    I never expected anything more than to be afraid. We have never been predictable and one okay season in the Humps showed we would need massive improvement which on pre season buys and performance, would appear to not be the case.

    We bought into the euphoria of the Play-Off finals and suddenly forgot we had a pretty non-event of a scheduled season we just won more than we usually do.

    I expected a struggle-whoever came in-and still do, I await to be pleasantly surprised.
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    Post  Jiggs on Mon 06 Aug 2012, 3:28 pm

    But weren't we promised a strengthened squad Jules?

    Having said that I should have remembered that no-one with any bollicks wants to play for us Rolling Eyes

    So I'm worried sick........as usual Toilet


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    Re: Ipswich Town v West Ham United

    Post  JulianDicksLeftKnee on Mon 06 Aug 2012, 3:54 pm

    Crucial words there Jigs, as usual! Why we even dare to think this season will be anymore predictable than the 35plus I have witnessed as a fan, I do not know. Promoted teams are always favourite for the drop. Even if we had had the 5 major signings we somehow expected (can only get quality if prepared to pay mercenary wages-who realistically chooses delegation favorites over glory) then would our season been guaranteed to succeed? I doubt it.

    I do feel it all hangs on the OS decision and the supposed mass investment-sadly, without a public guarentee, players like Carroll would simply not consider us and anyone but a West Ham fan wouldn't blame him. The proposed/rumored investment and move will no doubt make us a more viable and ambitious project to attract bigger names. Unfortunately our relegation took from us an ideal platform the linking of the clubs name with the OS. If we had stayed in the Prem going into the Games our position on negotiation would be better. So a decision for us to move will tie in with investment, we then hope our position is such that in the January window we can secure some signings that keep us up and stabilise further the club and business. I can't see GaS making the same mistake as the Avram Grant scenario if, come January we are anguishing at the foot of the table.

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