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

Three things I learnt from Wolves

Reflection on Saturday

Reading 0-0 Wolves- Player Ratings

Player Rating

Stats: Reading v Wolves

All the stats from Reading (0) vs (0) Wolves, Madejski Stadium, 6th February Att:

Reading Vs Wolves- Preview

Reading today host Wolverhampton Wanderers in an important league game.

The Royals are now winless in four league matches and need to be careful not to be dragged into a relegation battle.

Archived Vital Reading Articles

Vital Reading articles from

Site Journalists

thurlow97
Profile
Josh
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

What Striker do you want to see here?
Suggested By:
Dom Solanke12%
Lewis Grabban10%
Jamie Mackie14%
Carlton Cole 8%
Nahki Wells56%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Middlesbrough 29 17 6 6 57 23
2 Hull City 29 17 5 7 56 26
3 Burnley 30 15 10 5 55 22
4 Brighton 29 14 11 4 53 9
5 Derby County 30 13 12 5 51 14
6 Sheff Wed 30 13 11 6 50 12
7 Ipswich 30 13 9 8 48 2
8 Birmingham 30 13 8 9 47 8
9 Cardiff 30 11 12 7 45 5
10 Forest 30 10 12 8 42 6
11 Wolves 30 10 10 10 40 -1
12 Brentford 30 11 7 12 40 -2
13 Q.P.R. 30 9 12 9 39 1
14 Preston 30 9 12 9 39 -1
15 Reading 30 9 9 12 36 0
16 Leeds Utd 30 8 12 10 36 -5
17 Huddersfield 30 8 8 14 32 -4
18 Blackburn 28 6 13 9 31 0
19 Fulham 29 6 11 12 29 -5
20 MK Dons 30 7 7 16 28 -18
21 Bristol City 30 6 10 14 28 -22
22 Rotherham 30 7 4 19 25 -19
23 Bolton 30 4 12 14 24 -21
24 Charlton 30 5 9 16 24 -30
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Reading Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Burnley (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Middlesbrough (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 23 2016 8:00PM : Rotherham United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Charlton Athletic (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Fulham (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 8 2016 7:45PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Recent Reading Results (view all)