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Posted by Billy Blagg on 01/06/2011

Oh dear, Oh dear! It’s virtually impossible to know what to say after this mauling. That it came against Newcastle and will give my in-laws something to wave until we play them next – and who knows when that will be? – is bad enough. But the results of all the teams around us, the fact that our 'mini-revival' has seen us back at the bottom where we were before Christmas and the inept defending that made us a laughing stock, just tips this result off the scale.

Undefeated in five games and with seven points over the festive period is a situation I would have taken had it been offered a month ago, but the fact is Wolves are lifting points off of clubs like Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea and we are getting thumped by Newcastle and it means our revival isn’t worth a light. This is turning into a pretty odd season and I think we’re going to need to play like Champions to even keep up with everybody else. I can genuinely see a club going down with as little as two or three points behind a club finishing half-way. Can we do it? Not like this we can't

Yet again it seems that West Ham are going to have to do what comes hardest to us just to survive and that is wave the big cheque book and get in three defenders and a striker. That it will be virtually impossible is without doubt, that it will cost more than the club can afford is without question; but what are the options?

Against Newcastle, the fundamental defending errors were so numerous that it’s hard to know where to begin. So I won’t. Suffice to say that we can forget everything bar trying to get in the quality players that should have been purchased in the summer. Oh! – and if Roy Hodgson fancies aligning himself with a club more in keeping with his usual standard then I wouldn’t say ‘no’ either.

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Posted by Gerald from Singapore on 01/06/2011

Oh what a match! We made Newcastle look like Barcelona, with all their ball possession and was a very disturbing performance and I must say the whole team let itself down with some ridiculous defending.

This must be the last straw for Grant; any manager who says he has no idea what is wrong must go.. though we are only 1 point from safety, it seems that we are the weakest team as we struggle to win against all other teams while the likes of Wigan and Wolves take points off the top teams.

No need for a rocket scientist to come out with a secret formula to solve our problems:

[(West Ham - Avram Grant)+(Di Canio or Bilic)]+(New Striker X 2)+(New Defender X 2)= BPL Safety!

Posted by Kyle on 01/06/2011

Babel for Cole would be a great start or the 8 mil that was reportedly offered at the season's start which would have been enough for Keane's fee. Sadly though, the new owners are probably a bit wiser than Hicks

I cannot understand how grown men can be caught so many times standing and watching when the ball is bouncing in their box right before it ends up in the back of the net.

Hopefully they go after wayne bridge and/or milito with everything they have. Areas that obviously should have been addressed in the summer, as you've said many times.

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Billy Blagg Born at an early age a mere defenders' spit from the Boleyn ground, Billy Blagg has seen every West Ham game from 1898 onwards. Blagg was mentioned by Kenneth Wolstenholme in 1966 as one of the people on the pitch during the famous Hammers win over West Germany that lifted the World Cup and he returned to the pitch again for the 1975 FA Cup Final but stayed on the terrace for 1980 FA Cup victory. Blagg, 26, now lives with his eighth wife and innumerable children in a small semi-detached with chintz curtains in Dagenham, Essex and still attends every Hammers match and training session.

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