Saturday, August 16

It hasn't happened again… Dier straights for WHU

West Ham 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1

We're in Scotland for this one visiting Glencoe as I wonder if there will be another massacre today. Matt's half-time summary offers some hope: "0-0. Nobes missed pen on half hour. They had man sent off for handball. Playing quite well, but not many clear chances."

I reply: "What could possibly go wrong against ten men?"

At 16.55 comes Matt's answer: "What indeed? Apart from Collins getting sent off for two yellow cards and their full back scoring a 93rd minute winner. Cressy and Kouyate did well, and Valencia looked lively off the bench but we had one forward against ten men for quite some time without creating much."

Suddenly I know how the MacDonalds felt when betrayed at the last on their home territory. Matt then texts to say that the Central is selling Greene King IPA from a handpump so maybe it's all a wind-up... or is the Central respecting the pint (unlike Big Sam's men)?

Match of the Day reveals a couple of decent chances for Noble and Downing that could have won it, two good Adrian saves and a poor penalty from the normally reliable Noble. Not sure how West ham allowed their full back Dier to drift into the box for the late winner... next week it's crisis club Palace against crisis club West Ham. We need to integrate Valencia quickly and give Zarate a chance…

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