Kirk’s Column: Not all pretty in defeat at City

PUBLISHED: 17:16 02 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:22 02 May 2013

West Ham United's Gary O'Neil (left) and Manchester City's Gareth Barry in action

West Ham United's Gary O'Neil (left) and Manchester City's Gareth Barry in action

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Kirk Blows writes each week for the Barking & Dagenham Post.

West Ham’s 2-1 defeat at dethroned champions Manchester City on Saturday wasn’t entirely unexpected, but it did confirm a number of things…

1. Andy Carroll is a marked man by referees. The big striker was booked for the fourth consecutive game, with most of the yellow cards being ridiculous. He never gets the benefit of the doubt.

2. It’s very difficult to get a favourable decision from Howard Webb. The referee ignored a strong penalty appeal for handball, gave offside for a free-kick he’d initially wanted retaken before changing his mind and gave a number of goal-kicks to City when corners looked more likely. No wonder so many West Ham players spent half the game complaining.

3. West Ham can make life difficult for the big boys. Aside from the 5-1 battering at Arsenal (where the Hammers actually went in front), they have produced stubborn displays at Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea – despite only collecting one point for their efforts.

4. Carlos Tevez doesn’t like scoring against the Hammers. In eight games against his former club, the Argentine striker has scored in just two of them.

5. Fears that Ricardo Vaz Te would not be good enough for the Premier League have been justified. Fans owe the Portu-geezer a huge debt after he fired West Ham to promotion but his return of two goals in 26 appearances this season says it all. Most Sunday papers gave him a rating of five out of 10 – we can assume that two of those were for turning up for the bus on time and remembering his boots.


Sam Allardyce has revealed that he missed out on signing Polish striker Robert Lewandowski when at Blackburn a few years ago.

West Ham know what that’s like after failing to secure a number of goalscorers over the years – Emmanuel Adebayor among them – and recent target Wilfried Bony could also be added to the list.

With Andy Carroll likely to return to Liverpool, let’s hope Big Sam has more luck in getting the men he wants this summer.


The rejection of Leyton Orient’s claim for a judicial review into the decision to hand West Ham the keys to the Olympic Stadium is a victory for common sense.

Let’s hope they don’t do a ‘Sheffield United’ – and keep complaining until somebody eventually gives them a sympathy vote…

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