Future looks bright for West Ham
West Ham FanZoner Nicholas Wright says that Sam Allardyce has spent well over the summer and that the Hammers could be in for a good season. West Ham should be cautiously optimistic about the season ahead after starting the campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Bluebirds. Fans of the claret and blue will be pleased their side enjoyed a winning start without summer signings Stewart Downing and Razvan Rat or, their star striker Andy Carroll.
While Matt Jarvis' clever cut back will earn him many plaudits, it was once again the robust Mohammad Diame who created the opportunity after wrestling possession back before releasing Jarvis out on the left. West Ham looked far too comfortable for long spells of the first half and Cardiff rarely threatened to reduce the deficit at Upton Park despite a weak penalty appeal waved away by referee Howard Webb after Fraizer Campbell went down under Winston Reid's challenge.
The Hammers enjoyed large periods of pressure as they poured forward in search of a second goal, with Cole squandering a one-on-one opportunity and Diame seeing a thunderous effort deflect inches wide of Andy Marshall's left post. After the break, Cardiff grew into the game but the home side continued to look the most likely to score as Modibo Maiga's strike forced Marshall into making a fine save.
When the right players are on the pitch, the Irons are capable of moments of brilliance and the deadlock was broken again on 75 minutes when five players combined in a fine, flowing move as Mark Noble jinked forward and stroked a pass to Nolan who clinically finished off a great team goal.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Teamtalk.comSimilar Stories