Following hot on the heels of our great victory against Blackpool on Wednesday, today saw our third meeting with Birmingham in nearly as many weeks. And after the 2 thrillers in the LCSF, this game was set up to pitch 2 jaded teams at the wrong end of the table against each other. And that is what was provided, 2 teams who knew each other inside out and really couldn’t be bothered.
We had little or no invention, although all of our January recruits got a shift, none really rose to the top. Although i will say Gary O’Neill looked twice the player Barrera ever will be. The jury is still out on Demba Ba, as he only got a few minutes at the end, he did look quick, and hit the post with about his second touch.
Scott Parker looked knackered and needs a rest. Over the last few weeks he has got worse and worse, and needs some time out if he is to get back to his best.
Winston Reid still looks a liability, and it was a shame Upson only had 45 minutes in him and kept Zigic quietly dominated.
Once again West Ham showed their Draculian qualities in having absolutely no ability in dealing with crosses. Every time the opposition get a corner, you can hear a pin drop within our fans. They really have to work on this in training, because Green is getting exposed nearly every time.
Today also left us bottom (again). We now need 16 points from 12 games. 5Wins and a draw. Away at West Brom next, a must win game, especially with their manager being sacked today (another travesty). Then its 13 from 11, and slightly more achievable (only slightly!).
On a stranger note, one of the clubs most recent legends, Mr Julian Dicks, was sat just behind me. No corporate seating for the Terminator. Club policy or JD’s, you decide …….