Even the most ardent and parochial Hammers fan could not have disagreed that Spurs totally outclassed a West Ham side lacking in penetration, and displaying a worrying frail defence last week.

So where now for the Cockney Boys?

Super Slav told us there were no excuses and is looking to put that right this weekend against the Baggies. I expect a massive reaction from the side.

We looked a shambles and aside from the tireless efforts of Kouyate, the endless running by Sakho and Lanzini doing his best Payet impersonation, we were a shadow of the side that has made the big boys quiver so far this year.

The continual kamikaze defence of Reid, Tomkins, Cresswell and Jenkinson is alarming. On paper (we know games are not won on paper – but I digress) we are a good young and capable back four but with many worrying signs.

The supporters continue to give stick to ‘Jenks’ and debate the merits of an Andy Carroll-less West Ham side as the answer to our current inability to get the points we should be.

I must profess that there does seem to be some sense to the fans point of view that Caroll should be the impact sub. He was a continual annoyance to Chelsea and he had them panicking every time the ball came anywhere in the area. That’s what he does best.

It certainly seems that ‘Jenks’ is the shadow of the player we saw last year, and that so many of us wanted to snap up permanently, but something is a little amiss this year with him.

Cresswell too, is having second year blues, although he has been a little better in recent games. I was pleased to see Mr Marathon (Diafra Sakho) running around all afternoon doing his best to hurry the Spurs defence and we have missed that in recent games.

He did seem somewhat wasted though when he should be in front of goal running at the defence through the middle rather than from out wide.

The predictable substitution to bring Song on, was a welcome sight and I am looking forward to seeing what Alex Song we have when he is fully fit. I only expect one change, and that is Ogbonna in and Tomkins to right-back. I expect Slav to persist with Carroll up front against West Brom.

Song in for Noble would be a good choice, but I would be happy to see Obiang have another crack in midfield. I think he will be warming the bench though and replacing Mr Song at some point during the game.

Let’s see how Super Slav may have the side lined up this Sunday…


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