What you wouldn’t have thought to read…

… about West Ham United after their disappointing 0-0 draw against Blackpool

Well, the newspapers run the usual stuff this Monday morning after a weekend which saw the Hammers fail to win again. With only one win and a lot of draws rooted to the bottom of the table, the sacking of manager Avram Grant is on the cards, and it is the “Mirror” that already knows who’s going to replace the Israeli: QPR boss Neil Warnock!

A person who might be “highly rated by worried owners David Sullivan and David Gold”, as the “Mirror” puts it, but every West Ham supporter will remember that Warnock was the Sheffield United manager when Sheffield were relegated and started the legal fight against the Hammers that eventually lead to the payment of a substatial damage to Sheffield! Yea, I’m relly having a laugh: Neil Warnock the new West Ham manager, no thank you!

But there was an article this morning that I wouldn’t have thought to read.  It was in the Guardian and the title was:

Goalless draws can be worth watching

Though the title would need a subtitle saying “… if your survival doesn’t depend on three points!”, this article is worth reading:

“Given its increasingly mates-sat-around-at-the-pub level of analysis and, as was the case this week, later start, Match of the Day no longer feels like the must-see show it once was. But it continues to provide a service and Saturday’s showing of West Ham’s 0-0 draw with Blackpool proved a stalemate can be worth sacrificing sleep for. The fixture produced 42 shots on goal and while the fact none of them went in was principally down to an absurdly poor level of finishing by both teams, viewers cannot have faulted the entertainment on show. As Ian Holloway, the Blackpool manager, said: “That was a fantastic game which I would have been happy to pay to watch.” Amid the madcap there were some high-quality performances, most notably from Scott Parker and Charlie Adam, and so while the home supporters may not have been satisfied with what they saw – many of them booed West Ham United off at the final whistle – those sat at home with Lineker, Lawrenson and Hansen for company cannot have had too many complaints.”

Well, that doesn’t help the Hammers climb up the table, but at least it gives some hope that the Irons might get something from their next game – against Liverpool…

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