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Banjo 5:45 Mon Oct 27
Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
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Alex Song has hailed the team spirit flowing through the West Ham United side following their solid early-season form.

The Hammers stunned Premier League champions Manchester City with a 2-1 win at Upton Park on Saturday to stay fourth in the table.

Sam Allardyce's side have now won four of their last five games, and Song, who was named man of the match in the win over City, cites a togetherness within the squad as the primary factor in their recent wins.


"The key to the win on Saturday was team spirit. We attack together, we defend together and at the moment we are playing great football," he told Sky Sports News.

"All the boys together are happy. We enjoy training together and that is why it is easier to play when you come to the pitch.

"Now we have to continue to improve game by game."

West Ham face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

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Arko 1:08 Wed Oct 29
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
According to recent quotes Song and his family love life in the UK and want to stay there beyond this season.

So we may only have to fight Chelsea, Man City, Man U, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton for his permanent signature then...:-)

Josh 5:38 Tue Oct 28
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
Nice little read:

Ruthless power and pace: Why Sakho and Valencia have been key in West Ham’s resurgence


Unless you asked Sam Allardyce, who would happily point every finger and thumb on each of his hands towards himself if asked this question, it’s tricky to single out one individual who has been key to West Ham’s excellent start to the season.

Diafro Sakho’s remarkable scoring run has certainly played a major role, as have Alex Song’s commanding displays in the middle of the park and Stewart Downing’s renaissance as a central playmaker, but really it has been the result of many different pieces all clicking into place at once.

Allardyce’s tactics, the immediate success of his new, gung-ho style, have been important in bringing it all together, but perhaps the most vital work was done in the transfer market over the summer, especially in the acquisition of Sakho and Enner Valencia.

The pair have been superb leading the line for West Ham. A combination of power, pace and an increasingly ruthless edge in the box means that no defence can rest easy when playing against West Ham, while the Irons’ own back-line know they merely need to send the ball somewhere near one of the duo for it to stick in the opposition half.

Against Manchester City, who boast a powerhouse centre-back pairing of Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala, Sakho and Valencia were superb. Constantly on the move, they harried City into submission, consistently providing an out ball for their back-line even as the visitors laid siege to their goal after going behind and notching a goal and an assist to ensure West Ham’s fine display was rewarded with three points.

Valencia broke beyond the City defence to set up Morgan Amalfitano’s opener, before Sakho scored for the seventh consecutive game in a row, six of which have been in the Premier League, to make it 2-0 and put West Ham far enough ahead of the champions to hold on despite David Silva’s goal.

The Hammers were facing one of the best strike forces in the league, with Sergio Aguero, fresh from his four-goal haul against Tottenham Hotspur last week, joined by Edin Dzeko. The contrast between the event maps of the two side’s forward pairings demonstrates the amount of ground Sakho and Valencia covered, picking up the ball throughout the City half and coming back into their own to help out defensively.



Having two forwards like Valencia and Sakho means that Allardyce can play both against even the most illustrious of opposition without fear that his midfield will be overrun, as their workrate ensure no opponents are given a moment’s peace. The only time City looked especially able to control the game was very late on, when both Sakho and Valencia had been taken off and their replacements were unable to maintain the intensity they had brought to proceedings.

The pair are also both effective in almost any form of attacking play. Each is impressive in the air, but pacy enough to sprint in behind defences. Their passing might not be up to the quick interchanges seen between David Silva and Aguero at the Boleyn Ground, but short of something incredibly dramatic Allardyce is not going to demand that from them anytime soon.



However, all of this workrate and good intentions would amount to very little if it were not for the fact that they have also been delivering goals, especially Sakho. The Senegalese player has scored six times in seven league games, and also registered one assist. For his part, Valencia has scored two as well as his assist against Man City.

So far I’ve grouped the players in together, but that is to do Sakho a small disservice. In all of the areas highlighted above, it is he rather than Valencia who has been the main man for West Ham, winning more aerial duels, making more tackles, creating more chances and scoring more goals.



In fact only four forwards have made more tackles than Sakho in the Premier League this season, while only five have won more aerial duels than the Senegalese player.

However, to break up the pairing in this way would be unfair on Valencia, and ignore what is perhaps what should be the most exciting aspect of the duo for West Ham fans. Even if Valencia is yet to hit his straps in front of goal, his overall workrate for the side has been key to making Sakho so effective. At some point in the future you would expect those roles to be reversed. The Irons now boast two forwards who both contribute even when not finding the net, and have enough about them to suggest that a scoring run is just around the corner.

High times indeed at the Boleyn Ground, with West Ham fourth in the league and deserving of that lofty position in every way. However, an injury to Sakho could be incredibly damaging to their form, and Irons fans have to hope that reports of a month’s layoff for the Senegalese are inaccurate.

Neutral fans too should be praying for a quick recovery, as right now West Ham’s strikers are a joy to behold, a perfect amalgam of aggression, pace and technique that have raised their side into the Premier League’s top four. Who wouldn’t want to keep watching that?

i-Ron 12:17 Tue Oct 28
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
I see Neville praised how great Noble's first time pass to Song was in the build up for our first goal.

Lily Hammer 12:15 Tue Oct 28
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
No, don't ban fordstar/rodfarts!

Reading his posts makes me feel so much better about myself. I need that regular confidence boost.

stoneman 12:02 Tue Oct 28
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
Ban that fucking fordstar cunt, he fucking pisses me off.

ironsofcanada 11:17 Tue Oct 28
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
Everyone does realise that this thread has fordie very very excited, right? He has switched it from Alex Song to Mark Noble and therefore him.

Alwaysaniron 11:00 Tue Oct 28
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
norwaytips 10:57 Tue Oct 28

norwaytips 10:57 Tue Oct 28
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
Rodfarts. Your opinion of Noble, is noted. However, without C&B specs, just look at his ratings in the press. All by, fairly neutral observers, with no axe to grind. His ratings are above average, so it seems that most disagree with you.
Should be in the England team? IMO, no, he shouldn't, but he wouldn't look out of place and he'd run his socks off. Not a world class super star, but a consistently good performer.
Stop being a twat, Fordy and look at the team performance.

dazz 10:41 Tue Oct 28
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
Alex's performance on Sat was powerhouse...

hes just starting to get fit... good signs for us.

Also hes talking up the club .... no doubt he'd sign

for us permanently ... in a minute

Alwaysaniron 10:32 Tue Oct 28
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
For fucks sake; we're slagging off our players over what was clearly a wonder goal by Silva. Please get a grip and come back and join reality you lot!

This time last year we were officially shite!

Darby_ 10:09 Tue Oct 28
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
Roddy has NobleCam.

He watches Noble like a hawk.

Russ of the BML 10:01 Tue Oct 28
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
Rodfarts 10:01 Mon Oct 27

You tend to find that people who constantly criticise proffesional footballers don't actually know alot about football.

Too easy to criticise. The tough job is actually seeing what a player like Noble does that is excellent. I wouldn't expect someone of your limited knowledge to understand.

And don't ask me to tell you. I have no interest into getting into a back and forth with you becase I can't be bothered and you are massive fucking fist.

stomper 10:03 Mon Oct 27
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
Rodfarts

So you don't rate Noble then?

You should've said

Rodfarts 10:01 Mon Oct 27
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
And no the goal come from Noble tracking silva who was running towards the wing going nowhere, however Noble was not tight enough and allowed him to not only turn inside but also allowed him to start running at goal(big mistake). Once a player like that starts to run with the ball on goal it's hard to stop......If Noble was tighter....It would not have happened.

ironsofcanada 9:56 Mon Oct 27
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
angryprumphs 9:53 Mon Oct 27

He does rate Noble, he just likes the attention.

angryprumphs 9:53 Mon Oct 27
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
Of course you have C&B specs on, you are a Hammer, everyone looks at their own teams players and performances differently. You also have a massive agenda against Noble, everyone knows it, so when you watch him play you will focus on the negatives. It is human nature, sorry but that is true, it is clear from what you say on this forum.

I.want.that.one 9:53 Mon Oct 27
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
Rodfarts 9:40 Mon Oct 27
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit

you dig out Noble but no mention of Downing turning his back to Silva, leaving him space to curl his shot in?


you really are a wind up retard

Rodfarts 9:51 Mon Oct 27
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
No I watch the game with no claret & blue specs therfore I judge everyone's performances without bias.......Noble has been poor all season. Yet the cunts on here think he should be called up for England. *sniggers*


A lot of people I know think the same but you mong's won't take the c&b specs off.

angryprumphs 9:46 Mon Oct 27
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
The same goal he left Song standing? Do you mean that goal? Seriously, you watch the guy purely looking for his mistakes, therefore you judgement is complete bias and invalid.

Capitol Man 9:44 Mon Oct 27
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
Rodfarts 9:40 Mon Oct 27
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit

Change the fucking record. It's like Nicey without the personality.

Rodfarts 9:40 Mon Oct 27
Re: Alex Song hails West Ham United spirit
In fact Silvas goal come from him leaving Noble for dead on the edge of the box......We need better

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