Wednesday, September 23

Concentrating on the League

Leicester City 2 West Ham 1 (Capital One Cup)

So we're going to have to win the FA Cup this season if we want to end our 35-year wait for a major trophy. Disappointing to go out of the League Cup to a side of Leicester squad players, although a draw over 90 minutes wasn't a bad result. Listening to it on Radio London the home fans certainly created a daunting atmosphere and we very nearly took it to penalties before King's late winner.

Adrian had a superb game in extra-time, saving two one-on-ones, but Leicester's fresher legs helped them as most of our side had been involved in the win at Man City. Dodoo had given the Leicester the lead (with Doodoo and Fuchs in the side it had to be one of the rudest line-ups ever to turn out for the Foxes) with Zarate equalising with a deflected shot after 27 minutes. That's Zarate's third goal of the season and he should prove himself a valuable member of the squad under Slaven, even if he might not now make the first-team ahead of Moses and Antonio. 

We had two players recovering from injury up front in Carroll and Zarate and by the end were reduced to playing Victor Moses as a lone striker, but despite resting Payet and Reid (both came on as late subs) it was still a very strong side. Though the radio suggested Noble should have had a clear penalty when he was booked for simulation. The best way of getting over this is to carry on with our excellent league form on Saturday and beat Norwich.


Anonymous said...

Hi Pete,

Sorry to latch onto this blog with an unrelated post but I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your piece in today's Guardian and could not find a mail address. It really was a great piece and I am sat here in The Netherlands with a big nostalgic smile on my face. You fair warmed my heart on a Saturday morning - thanks.

Re the sticky carpets in The Boleyn - they used to be sticky all through the week; not just after match days. Things have improved. Still in The Boleyn, you must have seen that lovely photo of Bobby Moore and Pele in the bar: two gentlemen Grand Masters acknowledging each other after a game. What a contrast with Costa's recent antics.

All the best,
Jerry (A Villa fan with a massive soft spot for West Ham.)

Pete May said...

Thanks Jerry, glad you enjoyed it and nice to think the Boleyn's sticky carpets are being read about in the Netherlands! Yes that is indeed a great pic of Bobby and Pele and let's hope the Irons' fans will be celebrating in the Boleyn at 5pm!