Pre-season didn’t really inspire us to embrace the new attacking philosophy the co-owners had demanded from Sam Allardyce.
But the win against Sampdoria and then the defeat to Spurs last weekend went some way in restoring our faith in Allardyce’s ability to adapt to what is something of an alien way of football management to him.
The below stat says it all, really. The likes of Aaron Cresswell at the back and Cheikhou Kouyate in the middle clearly went some way in ensuring we didn’t resort to long ball tactics throughout the 90 minutes…
West Ham attempted 483 passes against Spurs, which is 158 more than last year’s average. #whufc
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) August 18, 2014
The big question is whether can we continue like that when Andy Carroll returns from injury? Only time will tell, I suppose.