Vital Football

Latest Reading FC News

The Opposition View - West Ham

The Opposition View - West Ham
With great thanks to West Ham season ticket holder Ben Surdeau, we ask a few questions about his beloved Hammers ahead of Saturday's game. We ask about their gaffer Sam Allardyce, the possible England prospects of Mark Noble and his prediction for the game.

-------------------------------------------------------------

1) Sam Allardyce received criticism from certain Hammers fans last year, some saying he played 'too direct' football. Did you agree with that tag and has he won the majority of them back now after a successful first half of the season?

Some of the football last year was pretty dire but, just about, did the job eventually. Sam is pretty pragmatic and believes in playing winning football. Sometimes that means playing it long and sometimes that means playing it out from the back. There's little point in trying to out pass Arsenal, for example, and Sam for me seems to approach each game with a set of tactics in mind. We've played some good stuff this year, and also some ugly stuff. That's absolutely fine by me if the results keep coming. I'd say Sam has now won over the vast majority of fans.

2) Who are the player/s to look out for in your side ahead of Saturday's game?

Carlton Cole is in a patch of form at the moment and will keep your centre halves very busy indeed. You should be very grateful that Diame is out because he has been an absolute beast of a player this season.

3) As we approach the half way mark in the season, where do you realistically think you can finish?

10th - 13th. We should be comfortably mid table and would have liked a cup run but we drew the Manchester Reds so I'm not holding out much hope!

4) What are your strengths and weaknesses as a team that you have noticed over the past couple of games?

Our number one strength is in defence, the whole team has a fantastic work ethic and the defensive capabilities we've displayed have been impressive - something us West Ham fans are not used to.

Our weakness, as with many teams with a limited budget, is in the final third. We struggle with the final ball and often squander chances in good areas of them pitch.

5) Who has your best signing of the summer been and why?

Diame. Best free transfer I can remember. Absolute workhorse, not afraid of going on a run or two and allows Noble the freedom to get forward.

6) What position would you like to strengthen in January and any players names that spring to mind?

We're short at left back so need cover there. Ashley Cole would do nicely (haha). Obviously this position is in short supply so I'd be surprised if we can get a specialist left back in with Premier League experience.

It'd be nice to have a striker because we're yet to really find out if Maiga can cut it in this league.

7) Mark Noble is a player I personally admire and I'm sure many West Ham fans share this view. Do you reckon he deserves an England call up some time soon?

I'd put Noble in the England squad for a friendly but I'm biased! I dont really follow international football that much but looking at the midfield options available to Hodgson he seems to be picking people who don't necessarily start for their club so with that in mind Noble would be a good shout for England - cant see it happening though.

8) What Reading player do you rate the most and why?

Kebe. I don't like him (no offence) but he seems to have the measure of us. I'm not sure he's done much this season but you definitely would want him playing against West Ham.

9) Considering your injuries, what team do you reckon Sam will put out?

He'll probably play a 4-2-3-1 formation something as follows:

Keeper: Jussi
Right back: Guy Demel/ James Tomkins
Centre halves: Winston Reid, James Collins
Left back: Joey O'Brien
Defensive mids: Noble, Gary O'Neil
Wingers: Matt Jarvis, Matt Taylor
Strikers: Carlton Cole with Kevin Nolan playing just off him.

10) What's your prediction for the game?

The game will be won by a two goal margin, I'm not sure which way yet!

Join The Vital Debate
Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:Josh
Date:Friday December 28 2012
Time: 6:03PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Reading Articles

Reading outclassed by Preston

Reading's last home game of the season ended with defeat and made it 3 home defeats in a row.

Preston came to the Mad Stad and simply were the better side and should've won by more.

Br

Nicky Hammond to West Brom

Hammond leaves.

Stats: Reading v Preston

All the stats from Reading (1) vs (2) Preston, Madejski Stadium, 30th April Att:

Al Habsi named Player Of The Season

Player of the season

Archived Vital Reading Articles

Vital Reading articles from

Site Journalists

thurlow97
Editor email
Profile
Josh
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

What Striker do you want to see here?
Suggested By:
Dom Solanke11%
Lewis Grabban9%
Jamie Mackie14%
Carlton Cole 9%
Nahki Wells57%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Middlesbrough 45 26 10 9 88 32
2 Burnley 44 24 15 5 87 33
3 Brighton 44 24 15 5 87 30
4 Hull City 45 23 11 11 80 30
5 Derby County 44 21 14 9 77 24
6 Sheff Wed 45 19 17 9 74 22
7 Cardiff 45 17 16 12 67 5
8 Ipswich 45 17 15 13 66 1
9 Birmingham 45 16 14 15 62 4
10 Brentford 45 18 8 19 62 1
11 Preston 45 15 16 14 61 0
12 Leeds Utd 45 14 16 15 58 -8
13 Q.P.R. 44 13 18 13 57 0
14 Wolves 45 13 16 16 55 -6
15 Blackburn 45 12 16 17 52 -2
16 Reading 45 13 13 19 52 -5
17 Forest 45 12 16 17 52 -5
18 Bristol City 45 13 13 19 52 -16
19 Huddersfield 45 13 12 20 51 -7
20 Rotherham 45 13 10 22 49 -14
21 Fulham 45 11 15 19 48 -14
R Charlton 45 9 13 23 40 -37
R MK Dons 45 9 12 24 39 -29
R Bolton 45 5 15 25 30 -39
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Reading Results (view all)

Reading Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 12:30PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship