Doddsy’s Bournemouth Home RoundUp
Well, as I set off for the first game after our enforced self-inflicted break, due to our Exit in the FA Cup, it was transfer deadline day and it was clear that Nobody was coming into West Ham. However, it was looking like possibly Benny and Pablo could be on their way out, along with Maxwell Cornett, although he was on the bench and Pablo was in the stadium but not the squad?
The lack of transfer activity isn’t just with West Ham. It is also with the rest of the premiership and it is clear that financial fair play (FFP) has really taken a toll. With teams waiting to see what happens to Nottingham Forest, Everton, Man City, and possibly Chelsea, things were tighter with money than for a 57-year-old pensioner who travels home and away to watch West Ham.
So, the journey up was quiet, as I was travelling up with only two other people to watch the game, not our normal 15 on a minibus, so would dry January continue? Well I say dry, January I did have a skin full when we went to Sheffield United, but of course that doesn’t count!
Normal journey into the stadium, you know the score, and I must say if you haven’t been over to Hackney Wick at all for a game day experience it is well worth the journey, as there are lots of hip bars and quirky restaurants and cafés where you can pick up lots of great food and enjoy your favourite tipple.
We met at the podium bar, which is still closed but should be open for the Arsenal game which will be great even if only for using their toilet. We met two travelling Norwegians who asked where they could get cheap beers we said “not in the stadium at £7 a pint”, to which they replied “that’s cheap, we pay £14 in Norway!”
Into the stadium and onto the game. Well what can I say? Kalvin Phillips was introduced and must of been confused by the colours we play in, as within minutes he passed to a light blue Bournemouth player and of course it was Solanke who buried it. Oh well it’s the hope that gets you!
We do seem to get some questionable refs, and this one didn’t disappoint. However, like the refs at Bristol and Sheffield, who were shit, it was still our poor play that cost us, the refs just speed up the inevitable.
Manure on Sunday is going to be a hard watch, but if Lucas is back we have hope. Steidten and Moyes had four weeks to get in some players and we got in a loan player and let three go, so really our squad has moved from thin to paper thin! All i know is he better not drop Alvarez if Lucas is fit to leave Thomas Soucek on the pitch!
As always, Brady out !
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