Well, now Sam knows what it's like at Upton Park – frustrating mostly and pretty annoying, but I don't feel too down after today's game.  For a start, it could have knocked a few players back down to earth if they thought this season was going to be easy.  It's not and we are the team everyone wants to beat, so we have to match the extra yards they put in.  Next, it will give Sam more of an idea of what he needs to fix, a striker certainly and some cover at left back for sure.  There were also some very good individual performances for us to build on.

So, let's look at who did good.  New boys Matt Taylor and Joey O'Brien were real stars of the show.  Taylor could hit a golf tee with a pass from 50 yards if asked and the signing of Carew makes even more sense if he will be the end of some of those set pieces.  O'Brien looked assured at right back and could be a good freebie for us.  Of our boys, I thought Reid and Noble both had excellent games.  I'm probably not alone in being slightly disappointed at Kevin Nolan.  I understood he would play more off the striker but more often than not, he was deep in the midfield battle and unable to offer support.  Not that Piquoinne was holiding the ball up with any splendour, I'll be very disappointed if he starts for us again.  Illunga didn't have the worst game, but I did think he was an accident waiting to happen and so it proved.  It was very sloppy defending for the goal, I don't blame Green really and felt a slippery ball just went past him.

Anyway, I'm not going to dwell on this game too much, it was disappointing and a lesson learned, let's hope we can improve and put it behind us quickly and settle into our new division, up the 'ammers….


  • burkie

    i realy think parker was below par for his high standards, unlike last year tere’s only 1 or 2 problems to sort out, one is defenetly right back ,and the other one seem’s to be a perennial problem for us , a striker thet can muster confedence in the rest of the team , cole just has’nt got what it takes , he’s not agile enouth ,he’s got no pace , and he certanly got no skil , ive never been a fan and if we dont get rid of him soon then he’ll be worth nouwt because oyher teams will certanly not fork out big money for him

  • Westy

    I thought Taylor and O Brien did well. Nolan had a disappointing game, he was pretty ineffective and should have been subbed. Hopefully it’s just lack of match fitness.
    Parker was everywhere as usual and still our best player by some distance. Noble did ok. We lacked any real creativity and it’s difficult to see where this is going to come from. Sears tries hard but creates very little and it’s hard to see him really being good enough for first team, even in the championship. I would be inclined to give Barrera a run, he looks a little lightweight but has skill and pace and with a bit of confidence he might be able to create chances.
    Definitely need a striker who can score. Shane Long ?

  • Tony

    Westy, Parker was poor today. There were at least 5 other wh players better than him on the pitch.