Monday, September 30

Highway to Hull

Hull City 1 West Ham 0

Thankfully I was taking advantage of the good weather and climbing Glaramara in the Lake District while we lost at bloody Hull. Looks like WHU have a mountain to climb too. Will we ever score away again? The Match of the Day evidence showed that Hull won a ridiculous penalty when Joey O'Brien looked at Robbie Brady in a threatening manner. West Ham should have had a penalty when Vaz Te's cross was handballed. Tomkins had a header cleared off the line and Rat shot just over the bar, but let's not delude ourselves, Hull, also hit the post, Jussi made one fine save and Maiga cleared a shot on to the top of his own bar. 

How to improve our away record? Might be an idea to throw some players at the problem. How about playing Maiga and Petric or Vaz Te and Petric together as twin strikers or playing both wingers from the start and surprising a home side by attacking from the off?  We're left desperately hoping that Andy Carroll returns after Christmas. Big Sam's cunning plan has come unstuck from day one because all the crosses in the world aren't any use if you don't have the players who can put the ball in the net and we've gambled everything on an injury-prone striker, good player that he is. Fourth from bottom now. Looks like a long season.

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