An Arsenal fan threw red wine at the Man United bench on Saturday. Lucky it wasn't a rolled-up copy of the Guardian. Not looking forward to dodging the flying ciabattas and oyster shells when West Ham play at the Emirates… and hear the Gooners' fans will be tooled up with Pilates manuals.
Thanks to Phill Jupitus for sharing a video of Keira Knightley on NBC in America telling chatshow host Seth Myers that she's a West Ham fan. It turns out that Myers is a West Ham fan too, having been to a "soccer" game at Upton Park when he visited England. The pair discuss how unusual I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles is for a football anthem as it's all about dreams fading and dying.Knightley also says she can't believe our good start to the season. Hope to see Keira in Ken's Cafe on Saturday. And she's welcome to join us in either the Central or the Black Lion afterwards as long as sure buys her round… Click on the link to play the clip.
Looking at the Match of the Day evidence West Ham can count themselves a little unlucky to have lost this one. Early doors Carroll played a great ball out wide to Jenkinson who fired in a dangerous cross while Naismith went close for the Toffees. Lukaku's opener saw a shot deflected off Winston Reid and the scorer was clearly offside. Looks like the introduction of Jarvis and Zarate improved the attacking options for the Hammers, with Zarate playing a one two and twisting inside to fire home an equaliser that was hugely deflected by Phil Jagielka. Everton's winner stemmed from Howard flapping at a Zarate cross, a huge clearance and West Ham being caught with too many men forward as Osman ghosted in to convert Eto'o's cross.
We still nearly equalised when Jarvis crossed and Collins stabbed the ball at Howard late on, before Eto'o missed a great chance for the home side. Seems to have been a bad-tempered game with Mirallas clattering Amalfiitano late and sparking a fracas with Reid being booked; after Amalfitano was crocked again another shoving match ensued where James Tomkins went down holding his face when he'd been pushed in the chest by Mirallas. No place for that James and not worthy of a player in claret and blue. But overall with five men out and Noble limping off injured we ran Everton close and several squad players such as Zarate staked a claim. Now we need to get some bodies back for the Newcastle match.
Rather a worrying team line-up at Goodison Park. The international break has deprived West Ham of Downing (who never looked fully fit for England in his 45 minutes against Scotland), Song, Sakho, Valencia and Kouyate. That's the core of the team that has performed so well this season. Looks like we'll be playing a five man defence with Cresswell and Jenkinson as wing backs. Cole and Caroll are starting up front, though won't have anything like the pace of Sakho and Valencia down the channels and Nolan is not going to get around the midfield like Song, though he might add some goal threat. It promises to be more like the West Ham of last season though at least Big Sam is still playing two up front. We'll do well to get something out of this.
Did anyone notice that the infamous picture tweeted by Islington South MP Emily Thornberry of White Van Man in Rochester featured a West Ham badge on one of the England flags? Thornberry rapidly had to resign from Labour's front bench. Politically at least, with the Emirates Stadium being in Islington, she is probably an Arsenal fan. Patronise West Ham Man at your peril…
Interesting to see former Hammer (though he never played a game for us) Jimmy Bullard saying "F••k!" 30 times during the Bush Tucker Trial on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! He played for West Ham from 1999-2001 under Harry Redknapp, having been signed from Gravesend. Once saw him training with Paolo Di Canio, Lampard, Ferdinand, Carrick, Defoe and co and thought he looked a good player even then. He went on to have a fine career with Peterborough, Wigan and Fulham and is definitely one we missed out on. His cheeky personality would have gone down well with the fans too. Actually, he coped pretty well with the underwater lizards, crabs and snakes and won four stars. Makes you wonder what he must have encountered in the portacabins at Chadwell Heath…