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

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

Login to post a comment

Recent Reading Articles

Stats: Reading v Fulham

All the stats from Reading (1) vs (0) Fulham, Madejski Stadium, 25/1/17 Att: 16012

Reading v Fulham - Team Sheets

Reading are at the Madejski Stadium with Fulham the visitors for the latest Championship game.

Match Day Officials v Fulham (24/1/17)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Fulham this Tuesday.

Vital Preview - Championship, 24th-25th Jan 2017

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest games - albeit only a few - this midweek. This will see us among those involved with three points of course the aim.

Archived Vital Reading Articles

Vital Reading articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Reading
Write For Vital Reading
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Fulham MotM
Suggested By:
Al Habsi0%
Liam Moore0%
van den Berg0%
McShane0%
Kelly0%
Gunter0%
Williams0%
Swift0%
Blackett0%
McCleary0%
Beerens0%
Sub - Ilori0%
Sub - Evans0%
Sub - Kermorgant0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Brighton 27 18 6 3 60 25
2 Newcastle 27 19 1 7 58 33
3 Reading 27 15 4 8 49 3
4 Huddersfield 27 15 4 8 49 2
5 Leeds Utd 27 15 3 9 48 10
6 Sheff Wed 27 13 6 8 45 5
7 Derby County 27 12 7 8 43 6
8 Barnsley 27 12 5 10 41 5
9 Fulham 27 10 10 7 40 12
10 Norwich 27 12 4 11 40 5
11 Preston 27 11 7 9 40 3
12 Birmingham 27 9 10 8 37 -5
13 Aston Villa 27 8 12 7 36 1
14 Ipswich 27 9 7 11 34 -5
15 Brentford 27 9 6 12 33 -1
16 Cardiff 27 9 6 12 33 -10
17 Q.P.R. 27 9 6 12 33 -11
18 Wolves 27 8 8 11 32 -3
19 Forest 27 8 6 13 30 -7
20 Bristol City 27 8 3 16 27 -4
21 Wigan 27 6 7 14 25 -8
22 Burton 27 6 7 14 25 -11
23 Blackburn 27 6 7 14 25 -12
24 Rotherham 27 4 4 19 16 -33
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Reading Results (view all)

Reading Fixtures (view all)

Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 31 2017 7:45PM : Birmingham City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Barnsley (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 14 2017 8:00PM : Brentford (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 18 2017 3:00PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
The Vital Football Members League