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    WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 4:55 pm


    it's that weird time of the year, you can't quite figure out what day of the week it is, you go to bed feeling positive and full of beans only to wake up in a malaise of lethargy and confusion...

    but such is the lot of a long suffering West Ham fan...

    you want the new year to be the start of great things, new beginnings, but is it ever really like you want it to be?

    all of which leads us to today's fixture.... Brighton... yes, I know... it's hard to believe that a: Brighton can even manage to put out a team and b: that they're actually in the Premier League of English football...
    but beyond that... what is even more incredible is that we haven't beaten them since they made it into the Prem... I know... Brighton... Brighton...

    Now I know you'll all dig out the trusty "but there's no easy games in the Premier League" line as we all do on occasions... but come on...

    this is Brighton... if we can't beat them easily and on pretty much every time of asking then what does that really say about us?
    Well, truth be told it says pretty much everything... we're not that good, we're perennial underperforms... we flatter to deceive, etc, etc, etc...

    Exactly how most of our recent seasons have gone - except for the ones where we started poorly, continued poorly and then finished poorly...

    Far be it for me to rest on my literary laurels by dragging out that old chestnut - 'West Ham, they comes down with the Christmas decorations' - yes indeed, for those too young to remember... that is actually a phrase, passed into lore by over use because therein lies a nugget of truth at its heart.
    Yes, even back in the day when we weren't quite so awful, the post Xmas period wold oft times see us piss away whatever pre-crimbo points tally we'd manage to amass.

    So now we have a team that puts together a run of decent results (admittedly against the piss poorest teams in the league) but even that we can't sustain... losing to Watford (I know, I know) and then being humiliated at home by Burnley (yes, Burnley for chrissakes!). The same Burnley who hadn't won in 12 games, who are still, even having been gift wrapped 3 points by the cockney boys, in the relegation zone...

    And so it is that we enter 2019 in 11th place where we could (and should) have been at the nose bleedingly improbable heights of 7th...

    But this is West Ham... served up a roster of the worst opposition possible we couldn't even manager to see them all off... I know it's a big ask to expect any team to win 7 or 8 games on the spin... but if you want to get anywhere, be consider anything... that's kinda what you have to do.
    The endless years of yo-yoing between the mid and bottom of the table, the yo-yoing between the Premier League and Championship... that's where you expect your Brightons and your Watford and your pick anyone from the bottom ten of the current league... it's not where we want our club to be... but it's kinda where we are.

    Even the likes of Man Utd are seemingly unable to bridge the divide between 7th and the in the current Premier League, so it's really a case of the majority vying for 7th place... and we could have that, we'd be there now if we'd managed to beat Watford and Burnley and seriously, if beating Watford and Burnley are too much for you then what kind of team are you?

    Yes, Yes, I know... no one wins everything, I know, other teams have pride, luck, good fortune, etc... yes, I know, we have an injury list longer than most teams' roster...
    but you can make excuse or you can do what needs to be done...

    and so that leads us to today's fixture against the newest of our bogey teams... Brighton & Hove Albion.

    To steal a phrase from inside the squared circle, let's take a look at the tale of the tape...

    MATCH FACTS

    West Ham have lost five and won just one of their seven top-flight matches against Brighton.
    The Hammers' last triumph over the Seagulls was a 6-0 home Championship victory in April 2012.
    Glenn Murray scored Brighton's winner in their 1-0 win in October's reverse fixture at the Amex Stadium.
    West Ham United

    West Ham have won five of their past seven league matches, but have lost two of their last three.
    They have conceded at least once in their last seven home Premier League games.
    West Ham's last nine Premier League goals at the London Stadium have come in the second half.
    The Seagulls have lost seven of their last eight top-flight games in London, with their win at West Ham last season the exception.
    Glenn Murray has scored six goals against West Ham, more than versus any other Premier League team.



    Lawro's predicting us 2-0 winners, which is exactly the opposite of what he predicted for the Burnley game - and he was right about that one, so as painful as it might be... we gotta go with Lawro on this one.

    If we play like we did against Watford and Burnley then we might as well not even bother lacing up our boots.
    If we play like we did in a couple of our other recent games we should quite rightly romp this one without breaking a sweat.

    A lot will come down to Anderson... when he performs, we win. When he doesn't, we sometimes win but more often, don't.

    It looked like Arnie for all his energy and enthusiasm was rushed back too soon in the last game.
    Nasri should be fit as a fiddle but woefully short of match fitness
    Can't find any team news on the inter webs just yet... so that's all I got for you.

    Will be back with more of me nonsense in a few hours when we kick off.

    Happy New Year to one and all.
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 8:01 pm


    okay, so missed the first 12 minutes cos I got sidetracked watching "Hereditary" (which is actually pretty damn good)

    0-0 as we speak and West Ham in possession outside the Brighton area...

    Arnie is playing... so is Carroll... let's go see who's in the starting XI
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 8:02 pm


    Hmmm....

    Noble is dropped... but so is Antonio and also Diangana gets to sit on the bench for the start of the game.

    Zabaleta is back in the team

    Nasri starts on the bench...
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 8:09 pm


    50-50 possession-wise

    Corner to WHUFC gets headed high over the bar by Ogbonna and in the same move Carroll gets an elbow to the head which cuts him nicely over the eye so he's off getting treatment
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 8:15 pm


    both teams pretty evenly matched... Fabianski gets flattened by Zabaleta as they both go for a ball... bit of a worrying interlude as Adrian warms up as a possible replacement

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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 8:18 pm


    Fabianski is good to continue

    over all we're playing like a team nervous after a string of poor results instead of a team that's won the majority of their recent games.

    Long cross from Snoddy towards Carroll is picked off easily by the Brighton keeper
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 8:25 pm


    Arnie smothered and forced to the ground inside the 6 yard box but the Ref is unmoved....

    Brighton do not look phased by this or us at all...

    Anderson's passing is a little off...

    Snoddy comes off the worse in what looked like clear obstruction... but the Ref blows the other way... Snoddy not happy and kinda lucky not to end in the book for his displeasure at the decision...
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 8:27 pm


    Glen Murray gets onto the ball inside the area but can't get on target...

    Nothing here for us to feel comfortable about so far...

    and here's Brighton on the attack again but Murray scuffs his shot and Fabianski gathers easily.
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 8:32 pm


    only 2 mins of additional time to add to this...

    Comms not happy with West Ham's performance and I guess my lack of comments pretty much sums that up...
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 8:34 pm


    the half ends zero zero...

    Carroll has been almost non-existent...

    Midfield hasn't looked strong

    Anderson looks wayward

    Arnie is up for it but isn't quite there yet

    Subs for sure come the 2nd half...
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 8:45 pm


    interesting 1st half stat....

    pass accuracy:

    Anderson 53%

    Arnautovic 78%
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 8:48 pm


    bit of a switcherooski... Carroll replaced Perez in the last game... so this time out Perez replaces Carroll...
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 8:56 pm


    great run through on goal... anderson keeps possession and shoots through traffic but is just a touch wide of the post...

    only thing to note from the first 7 minutes
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 9:00 pm


    and holy spitballs...

    a nothing corner... no one reacts, nothing happens... ball comes out... everyone just stands there...

    this is how you get to score your first premier league goal... you play against West Ham...

    56 minutes gone 0-1 at home to Brighton... W the actual F??????
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 9:03 pm


    and what the actual fupp once more...

    Brighton come straight back at us... get a corner...

    the ball comes over... everyone just stands and watches it...

    the ball ends up at the far post where there's an unmarked Brighton player who just hooks it into the net from the tightest of angles...

    58 minutes gone and we're now 0-2 down at home...


    you useless bunch of fuckers...
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 9:06 pm


    fupp me we're desperate...

    Noble to come on...

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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 9:07 pm


    GOAL! West Ham 0-2 Brighton (Duffy 58)

    West Ham are going to pieces, and it’s due to more dismal defending at a corner. Another Gross delivery goes all the way through West Ham’s six yard box. Duffy is completely unmarked, has enough time to take a touch, and pokes a shot into the roof of Fabianski’s net.

    GOAL! West Ham 0-1 Brighton (Stephens 56)

    West Ham concede for the eight successive home game! Brighton score from a Pascal Gross corner: Locadia is standing on Fabianski, and the Polish keeper can only punch the ball to the edge of the area, where Stephens is waiting. The midfielder gets his knee over the ball and crashes a shot into the net. There was nobody on the far post: had there been, it surely would have been blocked.
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 9:08 pm



    noble replaces obiang

    antonio replaces snodgrass


    seems like no matter how badly he plays - Anderson is the one who gets to stay on...
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 9:10 pm


    and that's why you can't sub Arnautovic... he gets on the end of a long hopeful ball by noble after a terrible period of us with no options for passing...

    Arnie shoulders off a Brighton defender and slots the ball between the keeper's legs...

    66 minutes gone... 1-2
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 9:12 pm


    and that's how you do it...

    guess there's no questioning the substitute policy today...

    Antonio takes the ball down to the byline - looks like he's played it over the line but no whistle or flag and Antonio plays the ball back to the 6 yard line where Arnie toe pokes the ball into the roof of the net...

    2-2
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 9:14 pm


    68'
    Goal! West Ham United 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Michail Antonio.
    Goal!



    66'
    Goal! West Ham United 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Noble.
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 9:14 pm


    just an FYI - Antonio played the ball from completely over the line, so with VAR it would never have counted... but as they say in these parts... who gives a fupp...

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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 9:24 pm


    Antonio skips over tackles to bust into the box but balloons a shot into the heavens

    Another stretch of play and Rice gets the ball on he edge of the are and his rocket of a shot only just misses the net...
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 9:29 pm


    another Brighton corner... do better this time boys...
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    Re: WHUFC vs Brighton -- January 2nd, 2019

    Post  westhamonkey on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 9:30 pm


    free header on the back post... fortunately he pulls it wide...

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