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    FA Cup: Gillingham vs WHUFC -- January 5th, 2019

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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:04 pm


    Here we go... the reason I spend $4.99 a month a subscribe to ESPN+

    it's the big old 'do I cancel or keep' dilemma... based entirely around West Ham's cup performances. This usually the last month I have to keep it as we frequently dump ourselves out of the cup at this stage to lower league opponents... will today be any different?

    We shall have to wait and see...

    Here is the guardian's pre-amble on the match-up...

    Gillingham v West Ham
    Sunday 6.16pm Venue Priestfield BT Sport 1
    Referee Andrew Madley VAR No Odds H 9-2, A 3-5, D 3-1

    West Ham have made a perfect start to the second coming of David Moyes, thrashing Bournemouth on New Year’s Day, and they will be keen to keep spirits high here. Moyes could do with a good FA Cup run, after Manuel Pellegrini suffered a couple of memorable humiliations against lower league opponents. The Hammers were dumped out of the competition by Wimbledon last year, and thumped 4-0 by Oxford in the Carabao Cup earlier this season. Jacob Steinberg


    The lack of VAR will be nice, a chance to return to the heady days of a year or so ago...
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:06 pm


    Some match facts from the BBC:


    This is the first ever FA Cup meeting between Gillingham and West Ham United.

    West Ham and Gillingham have met four times previously, all in the second tier in 2003-04 and 2004-05 - the Hammers won three of those four matches, losing the other at the Priestfield Stadium in September 2003.

    Gillingham have reached the FA Cup fourth round just once in their previous 15 seasons, doing so last season - they last did so in consecutive seasons in 2003-04 (five in a row).

    In each of the past two seasons, the side eliminating West Ham from the FA Cup has been from League One - Wigan in 2017-18 and AFC Wimbledon in 2018-19.


    Yup... for those with short memories... we usually do get dumped out of the cup early on by pretty piss-poor opposition... but let's not get too negative too early, eh? it does tend to upset the locals.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:11 pm


    what about a team line-up? I mean... it's the FA Cup, I hate to see it disrespected (although I'd see us lose 8-0 if it guaranteed us Premier League survival this year)

    Fabianski

    Fredericks
    Balbuena
    Ogbonna
    Diop

    Masuaku
    Rice

    Snodgrass
    Lanzini
    Anderson
    Haller


    I mean... when you look at it on paper... that's pretty damn near our full strength first team line-up (sans the injuries... I mean can anyone explain exactly what Antonio was doing to get into a car crash on Christmas Day?????)

    Noble is injured

    Fornals, despite playing really well in his past two games is relegated to the subs bench where hs is joined by...

    Roberto
    Zabaleta
    Reid
    Sanchez
    Ajeti
    holland

    so it looks like if the players on the pitch can't but it, we not only have no excuses, but nowhere else to really go.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:13 pm


    they're waving blue and white (or is it white and blue) checkered flags around the edge of the itch and a very dejected looking horse mascot stumbles around as applause rings out and the players take to the pitch...

    they're doing the line-up and shake hands bit.

    Side note: adrian did really well for Liverpool this morning... kept them in the game in the first half against Everton.


    We enter this game having lost 10 of 15
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:16 pm


    according to the line-ups on the telly we'll be going with a 3-5-2 which is pretty adventurous for us.

    no idea about the Gillingham players although they do have former West Ham academy in 'Lee' - so expect him to bag a hatful against us.

    comms is already saying 'we're due an upset' - so no pressure.

    I mean, it's the cup... that's the point.... anything can happen.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:17 pm


    a minute's silence for Gary Rhoades... which has turned into 45 seconds of applause...

    West Ham will lay in all white
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:18 pm


    the final game in this weekend's FA Cup ties...

    West Ham kick-off playing left to right.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:19 pm


    you forget what a small stadium is like, even on TV... the camera angles will take a bit of getting used to.

    Gillingham attack... a corner after 50 seconds...
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:22 pm


    Ogbonna sat out training on friday... so did Fabianski...

    Noble, Cresswell, Antonio and Martin all injured...

    as 'strong' a line-up as this is for us we're kinda on the edge of a crisis if any more get injured or the players out there get too battered about.


    The 'Lee' in the gillingham line-up is Robert Lee's kid
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:24 pm


    pressure from the Ghills... Ogbonna's header causes a scare and goes out for a corner...

    more pressure..

    Balbuena clears for another corner
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:30 pm


    11 minutes gone, it's been almost all gillingham - they win another corner...

    and that one was a chance as the ball was uncontested (by either side) all the way across the 6 yard box)
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:31 pm



    I appreciate it's the cup... bur being our strongest line-up... you'd hope for at least one chance on goal for us by now...
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:32 pm


    69% possession to Gillingham

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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:32 pm


    West Ham give the ball away again, this time Masuaku...

    free kick to Gillingham right on the edge of the penalty area as we try to win the ball back
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:34 pm


    Free kick can't get through the wall... the ball out goes straight to Gillingham and they keep on attacking...

    so far we've done pretty much nothing.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:36 pm



    ooooh... we had the ball in gillingham's half of the pitch...

    terrible looping cross from the right lands safely in the keeper's hands.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:37 pm


    but taking a positive tack, it's brought the possession stats down to 64-33
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:38 pm


    5 midfielders is not exactly dominating the center area of the game...

    Gillingham are still busting through on a regular basis
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:41 pm


    point blank save by Fabianski from the corner...

    gillingham manage another couple of follow ups until a shot goes straight to Fab's safe hands.






    almost a chance at the other end as the Gills defense mishit the ball and Haller trips over running for it... in a very positive step, it somehow gets awarded as a free kick to us...

    but as a less than positive, Snoddy slams the ball straight not the wall and all danger is gone.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:43 pm


    Halfway through the half...

    gills have had 4 shots - 3 on target.

    we've had none, at all

    but being positive, we've cut the possession stats down to 64-36%


    Balbuena is down being treated - the positive aspect being that he's getting someone to look at it.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:44 pm


    Balbuena finally gets to his feet.

    Here's the Guardian's view of our midfield...

    "20 min: Ogbonna floats a ball down the left wing towards Anderson but it runs out of play. West ham’s midfield has been anonymous so far. No one is showing for the ball."
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:48 pm


    this is the view from the Twitterati...


    "We always seem to make lower league teams look like Brazil. This is a team that should wipe the floor with Gillingham but we are so poor. Rice is having a mare so far #GILWHU"

    "It's a good thing we have Fabianski in the box we'd be down by 2 already 😩 #COYI #GILWHU"


    "Good to see that the performance against Bournemouth was a one off and the real
    @WestHam
    are back!
    Getting out fought by a League One club 🙄 #GILWHU ⚒"


    "Just over 20 minutes gone at Priestfield and West Ham putting in a performance reminiscent of their recent Cup showings so far.
    That's not a good thing.
    #GILWHU | #FACup"


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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:51 pm


    and one more twitter perspective...

    "HATE with a passion games against lower league teams! Ever since
    @mansfieldtownfc
    clobbered us 3-0 in 1969 when we had Moore, Hurst, Peters playing, The Irons have been deplorable & odds on to be 'Giant Killed'! 1 shot in 30 mins not looking good for
    @WestHam
    #GILWHU #COYI #WHTID"


    none of that less than positive commentary is mine I hasten to add...
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    Post  Arran on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:52 pm

    Good to see you being Postive again then FA Cup: Gillingham vs WHUFC -- January 5th, 2019 2723394577 .

    At the end of the day whatever team we put out tonight we are always going to be in for a Tough game - This is a Cup final for them and they will be well up for the fight so we are never going to have it all our own way tonight.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 6:55 pm

    apparently my eye sight is going to the dogs quicker than we are... I've been reading the possession stats wrong... thinking we wreathe team on the left (as we're playing left to right) but I forgot they show them in the same format as the home and away team... so it's actually West Ham that have been enjoying the massive majority of possession...

    so my positivity at us clawing back ownership of the ball is actually totally wrong and it's the plucker lower league side that are getting more and more into the game... although I have to say... those stats don't equate with the game I'm watching.

    although I'll take it as positive that I'm capable of pointing out my own mistakes...

    36 minutes gone... will this be yet another half where we don't actually manage a shot on goal?

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