West Ham United’s Faustian Pact Bares Its Teeth


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. Blimey says:

    doesn’t help when the referee see’s a dive in the box as a penalty?

    However, West Ham had enough chances to kill the game off before Reading equalized and that is the story of the season, missed opportunities…

  2. There has been something of the kneejerk in the reaction of some to brand the football Sam Allardyce has developed as all long ball -Hammers actually knocked the ball around quite pleasingly in this game and having seen a lot of Reading this season, I can say that they have very similar tactics (without, perhaps some of the out and out muscle) – from what I’ve seen of Southampton, they are not dissimilar (you have to watch Brighton to come aross a true passing game in theupper reaches of the Championship).

    But if West Ham did dominate the first 40 minutes, Reading never panicked and could have racked up more goals in the second half. The presence of the likes of Robert Green and Carlton Cole in the team as well as Kevin Nolan show how much the club have been willing to gamble financially on doing a Newcastle-style quick return.

  3. DT32 says:

    Was the Penalty a dive? What was Faye doing anyway?

    I don’t think it mattered as by the time useless Foy had blown his whistle the ball had hit the back of the net from their midfeilder.

    Still time to go and RFC have a few difficult games coming up

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