WHO Poll
Q: 2018/19 Wolves (H)
a. At last we have a win now let's make it two, Win
48%
  
b. A win against 10 men and two leagues below us is fine, but this will be much harder I'll take a point, Draw
13%
  
c. Who are we kidding, a win against Wimbledon and all is rosy, forget it we're getting our arses kicked in this one, Lose
30%
  
d. It's at times like these when you really do miss Love Island
2%
  
e. I was all over this game until I found out it's not on the box, the broadcasting companies really don't care about us hard core fans do they, I might pop off to Thorpe Park for the day instead, obviously in my WHU shirt
8%
  



Sven Roeder 8:12 Fri Jan 29
Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
Liverpool game :

I would like to begin with a question. Has any team beaten Liverpool three times in one season? Maybe it has happened but not too many times, I think.

Yet that is what we will achieve if we manage to defeat them in the FA Cup tomorrow.

We were on the team coach travelling to Bournemouth when I heard the fourth-round draw and I admit I was not happy because it was one of the toughest options for us.

I know we have beaten them twice already but that is in the past and this is Liverpool we are talking about — at Anfield!

So it is a tough draw. On the other hand, although we are not big headed, we are optimistic because we deserved to beat them at Upton Park this month and also at Anfield early in the season.

Of course, they have played many games recently. Their Capital One Cup semi-final on Tuesday night went to extra time and must have taken a lot out of them. Had they lost to Stoke, they would have been very, very tired and the players would have felt their knocks a lot more.
However, they won so can look forward to Wembley and it is amazing what something like that does to give you a boost of energy and optimism. I watched the game on TV. Stoke were better on the night and did a job on Liverpool, although the goal was offside.

Tomorrow’s match has also revived memories of what I am told was a great FA Cup Final between the teams in 2006. I haven’t seen the match but have been told often enough how marvellous it was — the best final of modern times. Steven Gerrard broke West Ham fans’ hearts that day when he equalised in the dying seconds of normal time.

Steven is almost unique in modern-day football — a one-club man in this country and an icon for Liverpool — one of the greatest players to play for that club, perhaps the greatest.

These days, players move clubs all the time, perhaps seeking a new challenge or more money. He showed great commitment to Liverpool because he could have gone anywhere in the world.

Whether it was right for a parting of the ways last year I don’t know because I am not working there. In the end it was done in the right way, I think. The manager at that time had different ideas.

They are missing Gerrard’s leadership, though. He was Mr Liverpool, as John Terry is Mr Chelsea or Mark Noble is Mr West Ham.

It is impossible to find a new Steven Gerrard. You can find a new player of great quality but that will not make him a new Gerrard. It is most important to have someone like him, Terry or Mark. A player such as this is the manager’s right-hand man on the pitch. When everything is going well you don’t need him so much but there are parts in every game where you need one of your players to lead, to not think about his own game so much as helping the team. The best sides have several of those players, those who the others look to when things are not going smoothly.

Jurgen Klopp is finding out very quickly, as I have done, about life in English football. As for many things in life, you can prepare meticulously in theory but until it happens, you don’t really know.
He will have been prepared for the intensity of the Premier League and the heavy Christmas programme and thought, “I can cope with this, it is similar to the Bundesliga”. But there are many things which can take you by surprise. Of course, he will adjust, he is an experienced coach who is used to the top level with Borussia Dortmund.

He will find a way but I am sure some things have surprised him, particularly the different training and difficult schedule.

We go into this game with plenty of confidence after our performance against Manchester City. To be disappointed not to have beaten the team who, on paper, are definitely the best in England is good. It tells you that your standards are high.

We were a bit disappointed but we were also proud of our performance. Had it not been for Sergio Aguero, surely one of the top five strikers in the world, we would have won.


Sam BYRAM:

How quickly things can change in football. A week ago we signed Sam Byram and were thinking he could ease his way in slowly.

Then suddenly James Tomkins is injured and can’t play against Manchester City, Carl Jenkinson picks up a bad knee injury early in the match — and Sam is on!

It was a very mature debut considering everything, especially the opposition.

Imagine coming on and being up against Kevin de Bruyne, or David Silva — and then Raheem Sterling in the second half! He wasn’t scared, though. He relished the opportunity and what helped him was that he was match fit.
Sam has been playing regularly for Leeds. Okay, someone will say it is a different level but the Championship can be more intense than the Premier League. Yes, the quality isn’t as high but often you have less space in the Championship. But Sam deserves a lot of credit. It is harder to come on in a match if you are a defender. A striker can come on, make a couple of mistakes and there’s no problem, but for a right-back to come on for the first Premier League game in your life and play as he did, it was a little bit special, perhaps even a little unexpected.

We knew Sam had quality, that’s why we signed him. He’s a young player, he’s going to be up and down but we are expecting big things from him.
He demonstrated straight away that we made the right choice and so did he. He is cup-tied tomorrow, so won’t be involved but we don’t need to go looking for another full‑back before the deadline.

Joey O’Brien, who has missed most of the season with a variety of injuries, is back training with us and is pain-free.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Northern Sold 2:00 Sat Jan 30
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
Superb interview with SS in the Sun today... top notch tonto it is

Hammer and Pickle 12:10 Sat Jan 30
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
This is Noble

And this is Fordstar

Noble is Mr West Ham

Fordstar is not Noble

Fordstar hates Noble

Be like Noble.

peroni 11:42 Sat Jan 30
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
I fear for Fordstar's sanity when he reads the Noble comment. This is terrible news for the board, he's going to go all menstral on Billic.

The Ghost of Braderz 11:25 Sat Jan 30
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
I love jobby. Jobby will do a JOB on them.

Private Dancer 9:30 Sat Jan 30
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
What by Monday?

IlfordArmy 9:20 Sat Jan 30
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
oh do fuck off

Private Dancer 9:10 Sat Jan 30
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
I'm hoping JOB fucks off by Monday.

Eerie Descent 9:08 Sat Jan 30
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
Vexed 3:19 Sat Jan 30

eek?

Has your Mrs nicked your log on?

OneAll 6:14 Sat Jan 30
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
Like I've said before noble brings so much more then just footballing ability

Ronald_antly 4:47 Sat Jan 30
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
JOB??

[Shudders]

Gavros 3:31 Sat Jan 30
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
*barry. That's not a recipie.

Gavros 3:30 Sat Jan 30
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
Noble played well against man city, but in some previous games he's been a liability. For me Obiang is a much better player; breaks up plays and distributes well. Like a latter day berry venison.

Sxboy_66 3:20 Sat Jan 30
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
For anyone who's ever questioned why Noble is in the team, there's your answer. It's also why every manager we've had in the last 10 years has kept him in.

Vexed 3:19 Sat Jan 30
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
He's gonna play JOB - eek.

Sydney_Iron 3:11 Sat Jan 30
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
"He demonstrated straight away that we made the right choice and so did he"

Slav doesn't seem the type to have an intentional dig at another manager, but that comment does have bit of that about it.

Although i doubt Martinez reads the Standard.

stomper 1:43 Sat Jan 30
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
'They are missing Gerrard’s leadership, though. He was Mr Liverpool, as John Terry is Mr Chelsea or Mark Noble is Mr West Ham."

JGW1 10:02 Fri Jan 29
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
Wise words Bill

Bill W 9:51 Fri Jan 29
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
This bloke is heaven fucking sent in comparison to the absolute drivel we have had to listen to the last few years. Like awakening from a terrible dream to realise that everything is, after all, absolutely fine. Thanks Slav

Sniper 9:39 Fri Jan 29
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
What a guy!

Pagey 8:52 Fri Jan 29
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
The Zombie CUNT didn't even watch us in the 2006 Cup Final!

BILIC OUT!

Sven Roeder 8:30 Fri Jan 29
Re: Slaven Bilic's Evening Standard column
I like the way he boosts players like Byram here, did a similar thing with Lanzini earlier in the season.

Nice little chip at Liverpool over Gerrard. Picking at the WOUND.

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