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    Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Admin on Fri 10 Jan 2014, 5:27 pm





    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first Premier League match in charge of Cardiff City pits him against an experienced manager under severe pressure as Sam Allardyce takes his West Ham United side to Wales for a vital encounter in the relegation battle.
    Both sides are battling for their top-flight survival and there are currently just three points between them, with West Ham languishing inside the bottom three and Cardiff perched precariously just above.
    Malky Mackay's efforts were not enough to keep him in a job at Cardiff and Solskjaer was handed the reins by owner Vincent Tan after watching their 2-0 defeat by Arsenal on New Year's Day.
    He made an ideal start as the Bluebirds beat Newcastle United 2-1 last weekend to progress in the FA Cup, but the Norwegian's main challenge is to keep the club up and he faces a potentially pivotal January.
    As well as trying to strengthen his squad, Solskjaer has trips to Manchester City and former club Manchester United to come before the end of the month, so he will be desperate to pick up three points against West Ham and end a four-match winless streak.
    West Ham have had to wait even longer since their last victory, having not tasted success in the league in seven matches to plummet down the standings.
    A 2-1 loss to fellow strugglers Fulham left them three points adrift of safety, and Cardiff, and a couple of cup outings have provided further misery rather than the desired respite.
    The Hammers were thrashed 5-0 by Championship side Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup last weekend, before going down 6-0 to a rampant Manchester City in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
    Allardyce has vowed to battle on and has so far received the backing of his owners, and will be confident of turning the corner if key players return from injury and the right men can be signed in the transfer window.
    Paul Merson's prediction
    This is the biggest game of the whole season so far. Whoever loses here could be relegated. If Cardiff lose this match then West Ham will go above them on goal difference and then they are unlikely to get anything from their next two games against Man United and Man City.
    They could be stuck in the bottom three and that will be demoralising. However, if they win then they will be six points clear of West Ham and will most likely still be above them after those two tough games. That's why this is massive.
    If Sam Allardyce got the sack then any other team at the bottom would take him, but he's in a major rut with West Ham. They are missing centre-backs, which is a real problem, and they've got no centre-forward. They've had bad luck, but the way they've lost matches is really not good.
    They've brought in Roger Johnson, who can't get in a League One team and has been on loan at a team near the bottom of the Championship. That shows you where West Ham are at the moment and I've got to go for Cardiff.
    I really hope West Ham don't go down though because their fans are a different class - just look at how many went to Nottingham Forest and Man City this week!
    PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0


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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Jiggs on Fri 10 Jan 2014, 6:44 pm

    Has anyone told the team this is a MUST WIN GAME?  Especially since they appear to have been told that the last two they needn't bother.


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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Admin on Fri 10 Jan 2014, 7:04 pm

    I,m gonna leave work early tomorrow to watch this on the idiot box , it had better be worth it
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Tony P on Fri 10 Jan 2014, 7:11 pm

    My take on this game is this. We cannot defend so let's just GO FOR IT ! Attack attack attack attack attack !
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Admin on Fri 10 Jan 2014, 7:18 pm

    With who ?
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Dan C on Fri 10 Jan 2014, 7:44 pm

    I agree with Tony. I'd play three at the back with attacking wing-backs:

    Jaaskelainen
    Tomkins, Diarra, Rat
    Jarvis, Collison, Noble, Diame, Downing
    Morrison
    C.Cole

    Subs: Adrian, Demel, Johnson, Taylor, J.Cole, Maiga, Carroll.
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Charlie Ham on Fri 10 Jan 2014, 9:22 pm

    Don't think SAM has ever put out an attacking team.
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Admin on Fri 10 Jan 2014, 9:38 pm

    Can he spell attack
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  alfiehammer on Fri 10 Jan 2014, 10:41 pm

    Dan C wrote:I agree with Tony. I'd play three at the back with attacking wing-backs:

    Jaaskelainen
    Tomkins, Diarra, Rat
    Jarvis, Collison, Noble, Diame, Downing
    Morrison
    C.Cole

    Subs: Adrian, Demel, Johnson, Taylor, J.Cole, Maiga, Carroll.


    I agree that's out best team at present, but bloody scary to think our defence consists of an attacking left back and a defence midfielder rather then the usual three centre backs.


    At work as usual on a Saturday so it's a case of just checking sky sports centre when I can.


    Hope no genuine fan comes into any trouble at Cardiff.
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Campo on Fri 10 Jan 2014, 11:12 pm

    Dan C wrote:I agree with Tony. I'd play three at the back with attacking wing-backs:

    Jaaskelainen
    Tomkins, Diarra, Rat
    Jarvis, Collison, Noble, Diame, Downing
    Morrison
    C.Cole

    Subs: Adrian, Demel, Johnson, Taylor, J.Cole, Maiga, Carroll.

    I kind of like the look of that

    I will be down the Camrose, getting piss wet through again no doubt   

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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Arran H on Sat 11 Jan 2014, 8:27 am

    As a West ham fan I obviously want us to win today but part of me kind of hopes we lose today so that we can sack Sam as it would mean his excuse after the forest game was to rest players for Wednesday which we lost 6-0 and today should we lose means he has got it all wrong and put us out of the Fa Cup and maybe bottom of the table by tonight should Sunderland win !

    I would go with : 4-5-1/4-3-3
    Jaaskelainen
    Demel
    Tomkins
    Johnson
    Rat
    Downing
    Noble
    Diame
    Morrison
    Jarvis
    Cole
    SUBS:Adrian,Taylor,Diarra,Collison,RVT,J.Cole,Carroll

    I would bring on RVT and Carroll towards end for the last 15mins or so
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  RichB on Sat 11 Jan 2014, 1:26 pm

    Arran H wrote:I would bring on RVT and Carroll towards end for the last 15mins or so
    I expect many of us on this forum have played the game at some stage and in my opinion as a player you really need 35-40 mins to make a difference. I can't see the point of giving someone 15 mins. yet I know lots of managers do it. I'd bring them 5-10 mins after half time...
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Jiggs on Sat 11 Jan 2014, 1:33 pm

    If Carroll and Vaz are both fit, why not start them, score a few and when they tire replace them and defend our lead ..... nah, we can't defend a lead - back to the drawing board  confu


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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Tony P on Sat 11 Jan 2014, 2:02 pm

    I would still play Johnson and Tomkins (if fit)
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Tony P on Sat 11 Jan 2014, 2:11 pm

    Adrian, Demel, Rat, Tomkins, Johnson, Noble (c), Collison, Taylor, Downing, Jarvis, C.Cole
    Subs: Jaaskelainen, McCartney, Diarra, Diame, J.Cole, Maiga, Carroll


    Another weedy, weak, slow, ponderous central midfield in Noble, Taylor & Collison. I despair sometimes. Allardyce makes it hard for himself. Knife through butter again through our midfield
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Tony P on Sat 11 Jan 2014, 2:32 pm

    Streams, links, sausages? Where are they ?!!

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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Arran H on Sat 11 Jan 2014, 2:36 pm

    I really don't understand why he has started Taylor ahead of Diame !?!?!?
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  RichB on Sat 11 Jan 2014, 3:44 pm

    NOt much action on here today even though we've just moved out of the relegation zone!

    Well done Carlton Cole !
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  mottinghammer on Sat 11 Jan 2014, 3:52 pm

    Into 10 mins of added time, seem to be playing well, good goal by CC. Demel seems to have a broken elbow and facial injuries after a clash with a sheep shagger. Goal line tech, seems to show that it was a goal after they hit the bar, but Adrian was fouled as he was pushed overt he line, so no goal given  

      
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    Post  RichB on Sat 11 Jan 2014, 3:57 pm

    mottinghammer wrote:Goal line tech, seems to show that it was a goal after they hit the bar, but Adrian was fouled as he was pushed overt he line, so no goal given
      
    Ah right, was that the case? On Sky they said it didn't cross the line. Whatever eh !
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  mottinghammer on Sat 11 Jan 2014, 4:03 pm

    RichB wrote:
    mottinghammer wrote:Goal line tech, seems to show that it was a goal after they hit the bar, but Adrian was fouled as he was pushed overt he line, so no goal given
      
    Ah right, was that the case? On Sky they said it didn't cross the line. Whatever eh !

    That's what they said on five live, having seen the reply.

    Keep it going irons   
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  mottinghammer on Sat 11 Jan 2014, 5:01 pm

    Goal Noble from Carroll! 0-2 winners for a change  
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Tony P on Sat 11 Jan 2014, 5:10 pm

    mottinghammer wrote:Into 10 mins of added time, seem to be playing well, good goal by CC. Demel seems to have a broken elbow and facial injuries after a clash with a sheep shagger. Goal line tech, seems to show that it was a goal after they hit the bar, but Adrian was fouled as he was pushed overt he line, so no goal given  

      

    It was Roger Johnson who elbowed him in the face Motty. Only at West Ham !
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Admin on Sat 11 Jan 2014, 5:11 pm

    Well today I saw some fight , very much needed 3 pints  
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    Re: Cardif V West Ham United FC

    Post  Jiggs on Sat 11 Jan 2014, 5:16 pm

    RichB wrote:NOt much action on here today even though we've just moved out of the relegation zone!

    Well done Carlton Cole  !


    Plenty of action in my front room Rich ......... I was up, down, watching, not watching, floor pacing, silent praying and for the most part feeling sick.  The cat is totally confused and I feel absolutely drained.  I need a drink  


    I have to go out  ..... laters.


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