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    West Ham v Cardiff

    Post  Geezer on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 8:21 am

    West Ham v Cardiff
    Npower Championship




    • Venue: Upton Park
    • Date: 07 August
    • Kick-off: 1300 GMT
    • Coverage: Watch live on BBC1; Listen on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio; text commentary on the BBC Sport website

    TEAM NEWS


    West Ham's £3m signing Kevin Nolan has been given the captain's armband following his summer move from Newcastle.

    Promising left-back Jordan Brown, who has featured
    prominently in the pre-season campaign, is out for a month with an ankle
    injury.

    Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has yet to decide who his
    first-choice goalkeeper will be, with fit-again David Marshall vying
    with last season's regular Tom Heaton for a place in the team.

    Wales international Rob Earnshaw and Scotland striker Kenny
    Miller are set to lead the Bluebirds' new-look forward line following
    their summer moves.



    PREVIEW


    Just the odd point here and there last season and this could
    have been a Premier League match with Avram Grant and Dave Jones in the
    dugouts; instead Sam Allardyce and Malky Mackay start new jobs with the
    same objective - to get out of the Championship.

    Cardiff might feel that they are unlucky to be facing West
    Ham now, because for the moment Hammers' boss Allardyce still has Robert
    Green, Scott Parker and Carlton Cole to call upon; any or all could be
    sold before the transfer deadline. The addition of Matt Taylor from
    Bolton and Kevin Nolan from Newcastle means that the Londoners arguably
    start life in the Championship with a stronger squad than the one which
    was relegated from the Premier League.

    Cardiff have lost Bothroyd, Chopra and Bellamy, with the onus
    for goalscoring now falling on Kenny Miller and the returning hero Rob
    Earnshaw who scored more than a hundred goals for the club in his first
    spell. Mackay has also recruited Scottish internationals Craig Conway
    and Don Cowie and has high hopes for twenty year old Joe Mason signed
    from Plymouth.

    Both sides will be expecting to be in contention for
    promotion and Sunday's match offers an intriguing early insight into
    which is better prepared for the long slog ahead.



    MATCH FACTS


    Head-to-head


    • Of 40 previous league meetings, West Ham have won 18, Cardiff eight with 14 draws.

    • It's 31 years since the club playing away from home has won a league match between the pair.

    • West Ham are pursuing a fifth successive home league win against the Bluebirds.



    West Ham United


    • Finished bottom of the Premier League last season, with relegation ending a six-year stay in the top flight.

    • Not won in 10 league and cup outings, following a 3-0 home win over Stoke on 5 March.

    • Sam Allardyce begins his sixth managerial appointment, and
    is one of five sending out teams in the Championship this weekend for
    the first time at a new club.



    Cardiff City


    • Starting a ninth successive campaign at this level, having failed in the play-offs for two seasons in a row.

    • Former Watford boss Malky Mackay succeeds Dave Jones as
    manager, and launches his career with the Bluebirds against a club he
    used to play for.

    • Avoided defeat in 14 of their last 16 seasonal openers.





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    Post  Suzanne Claret on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 9:27 am

    woohoo
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    Post  Nicki on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 11:50 am

    We need a "really nervous" smiley
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    Post  Campo on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 12:26 pm

    the lads were all kept in a hotel last night ,,, lets hope they are more focused

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    Post  Admin on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 12:37 pm

    Nicki wrote:We need a "really nervous" smiley


    Would,nt let me save that one Nicki , will this do
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    Post  Geezer on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 12:39 pm

    West Ham United: Green, O'Brien, Ilunga, Reid, Tomkins, Noble, Parker, Nolan, Sears, Taylor, Piquionne
    Subs: Boffin, Faye, Collison, Barrera and Cole

    Cardiff City: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Gerrard, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Cowie, Conway, Miller, Earnshaw
    Subs: Heaton, Quinn, Parkin, Mason, Gestede
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    Post  Geezer on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 12:42 pm

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    Post  Campo on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 12:47 pm

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    Post  Geezer on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 2:02 pm

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    Post  Kray JR on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 2:04 pm

    Some good stuff early on, crying out for a finisher though.
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    Post  Campo on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 2:53 pm

    Ilunga .. fcuk off and do not come back, finguck sunday league player


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    Post  Geezer on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 2:54 pm

    How finguck typical is that and it had to be that cnut Miller . There is no way we deserved to lose this game . Gutted
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    Post  mottinghammer on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 2:59 pm

    shit defeneding at the end, lots of pretty stuff in the middle and nothing at the end, unless we can turn possession into goals we will go no where. Absolutely fcuking dredful defending at the end the little scotch cnut hadnt had a kick all game, well pissed off, could have finished painting my shed. 😠
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    Post  Geezer on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 3:01 pm

    And we go straight into the drop zone with the sheep fuckers going up to 7th , how finguck unfair is that .


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    Post  Kray JR on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 3:03 pm

    Dont take your chances dude and it will always happen.

    Sam better get shopping and finguck quick.

    I thought Joey O'Brien didnt look to bad on the right but I have no confidence in Reid, even more so when playing alongside Tomkins. JT needs Faye back alongside him.

    Ilunga is always going to cause problems on the left..........by problems I mean for us.....always looking to go down cheaply and theatrically whilst the opposition are on the break.

    Im not sure we can play Nolan, Parker and Noble in the same midfield either.

    Matty Taylor was the only bright point really.

    Poor from Greeno for the goal as well.
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    Post  Geezer on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 3:11 pm

    I thought all the new boys played well today . Taylor takes a nice free kick and was unlucky a couple of times , there goalie definatly saved them today , Green never even got the ball it went between his hands , bad after doing a couple of good saves . As you said a bit too cramped in midfield , 3 good midfielders but not all together . Illunga , still a liability , Sam we need to replace him and spend some dosh on some goal scorers . Dont like the idea of being in the drop zone already , bit too much like last season Sad
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    Post  mottinghammer on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 3:20 pm

    I'm fcuking pissed off angry2

    Need a LB, CF and RB quick, or all these lowlifes will be taking the piss! Behind millscum already, good job Bristol let in 3 yesterday or we would be bottom!
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    Post  Campo on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 3:32 pm

    new boys looked good, taylor, nolan, obrien, put in a good shift and looked up for the fight

    Sears.. oh dear no where near enough
    parker .. didnt look up for it
    ilunga ... should look for another proffesion.could not pass a fart without shitting himself
    tomka.. good game, covered everything
    noble .. tried worked hard final ball not good enough
    reid.. not good enough..tried hard though
    green.. should have done better with the goal
    piq.... time to ship out showed nothing

    we seriously need a finisher , if not two
    i would get rid of Ilunga and bring in two left backs
    one right back
    sam has his w**k cut out sorting this out

    still finguck pissed off

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    Re: West Ham v Cardiff

    Post  Kray JR on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 3:41 pm

    I thought O'Brien done ok at right back dude.
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    Post  Campo on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 3:49 pm

    Kray JR wrote:I thought O'Brien done ok at right back dude.

    back up mate , would ship out poorbear, should not have mentioned the RB in the above post as it was not an issue today Very Happy
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    Post  Kray JR on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 4:09 pm

    Soory dude, time delay I was replying to Motty didnt see your post till after.... 8)
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    Post  Jiggs on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 4:53 pm

    Enjoyed having a few beers in the supps with Max, Tony, Suzanne, Alex, Kirsty and her sister Debbie.

    Atmosphere good in the ground, although almost empty in Sir Trev's North bank......plenty of expectation....and a great reception for BFS and the newbies.

    Started brightly Very Happy
    Some good ideas Very Happy
    Ideas not paying off Sad
    Atmosphere gets edgy Smile
    Half time...praying that Sam will kick arse Smile
    Second half, same as the first Sad
    Nothing at all down the left from Illunga to the front :|
    Substitutions gave us 50% hope :shock:
    Enjoyed seeing Cole stand on the ball lol!
    Left with ten minutes to go, mostly to beat the traffic, partly cos we could foresee the outcome Rolling Eyes
    Text Darran, asked him to let me know final score.
    Text from Darran with the news that Illunga had fucked up
    Ended badly with a 0-1 Sad
    Same old :?:

    Decent left back and a proper goalscorer would have seen this game wrapped up by half time.......Scotty had a bit of a mare....he needs to sort his future out because he wasn't fully focused imo.

    Future games.......do the gelling together whilst in training please, not here!
    Not all doom and gloom - I see more spirit within the side. A few things to iron out, but I believe Sam will fix it.

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    Re: West Ham v Cardiff

    Post  Geezer on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 5:18 pm

    Oh well shit happens and now the first game is over and we lost all down to a fcuk-up . During the game I thought we was doing well , the passing from most was better than I witnessed last season apart from a few . Parker did,nt really seem up for the job and backed off from a few tackles probably as he dont want to get injured for the Ingerland game . Taylor had a good game and he will be an asset this season especially with his free kicks , he was a bit unlucky to have not scored from at least on of them . I felt a bit sorry for Illunga but silly mistakes like what he made today cost us a point , and that late in the game that was all we was gonna get . I think also we was very unlucky one post/crossbar , one cleared of the line , we certainly had more chances , we need a goal scorer and I dont think we have that in Piq or cole , 20 goals between them is all we can bank on this season and that aint good enuff . So G&S splash some more cash , sell Scotty and get in Long .

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    Re: West Ham v Cardiff

    Post  Geezer on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 5:25 pm

    BFS says

    "From our point of view we've mastered the
    game, created numerous chances and today was one of those days when we
    were not clinical enough to punish the opposition and then we paid the
    ultimate price right at the very end," Allardyce told Sky Sports News.

    "We've lost a game we really should have won. I told the players that
    you don't always get what you deserve but don't go and throw a game
    away, and that's what we've done.

    "A point is not the end of the world after a good performance, it should have been three, but you get one and you move on.

    "But we didn't even do that so it's a hugely disappointing day for
    everyone. As ever the expectation is high and we haven't lived up to
    that expectation today.

    "I just hope it's one of those days. It didn't go for us. The quality
    of our finishing is really what let us down. With the numerous chances
    we had we weren't clinical enough.

    "And we had a bit of misfortune, the Piquionne one was a fantastic
    finish that rebounded off the post instead of going in, and James
    Tomkins' header was going into the net but just came off the defender.

    "So that's the unlucky side today, but when we had the opportunities the finishing just wasn't good enough."

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