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 By Peter Thorne
1 day ago

Sam Allardyce's high-flying West Ham prepare for battle at Stoke

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce praised his team's all-around performance in their victory against Manchester City.

Despite the initial doom and gloom surrounding Diafra Sakho's shoulder injury, it's likely the Senegal striker will be fit for West Ham's trip to Stoke this weekend -- although whether Sam Allardyce will risk the free-scoring forward is another matter.

Conflicting stories about the player have been circulating all week, but it has been confirmed that the injury suffered in the game against Manchester City last week is only soreness and bruising and not the dislocated shoulder originally feared....

2 days ago

Sam Allardyce has the last laugh as West Ham flourish

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce praised his team's all-around performance in their victory against Manchester City.

At the end of last season, a beleaguered Sam Allardyce was set a challenge by the directors of West Ham United. It was no longer enough to survive in the Premier League, they said. Now they had to be entertaining as well.

For many observers, it looked like the end of the road for "Big Sam." The supporters had turned against him after a miserable winter saw the Hammers play 14 games through December and January, losing 10 of them and conceding 34 goals in the process.

Decimated by an injury crisis...

 By Peter Thorne
3 days ago

'Bobby Moore: The Man in Full' poses more questions than answers

Bobby Moore, England's first and only World Cup-winning captain, was a complex character whose life is dissected in Bobby Moore: The Man in Full.

There is an inherent dichotomy at the heart of Matt Dickinson's new book: "Bobby Moore: The Man in Full." While the inside cover poses the questions, "What of the failed businesses, whispers of bad behaviour, links to the East End underworld and turbulent private life?" the back dust jacket quotes Moore's friend...

3 days ago

Ancelotti triumphs, van Gaal's progress, Dortmund disappoint, more

The ESPN FC panel discuss the player ratings following El Clasico.

You can't really call Real Madrid's clasico win a tactical victory.

That's because frankly, manager Carlo Ancelotti -- as he promised ahead of the game when he said there would be "no surprises" -- did nothing particularly fancy that night. His XI -- with Isco in for the injured Gareth Bale -- picked itself. (Or, if you're really, really cynical, you might say a man named Florentino Perez picked it.)

What Madrid did was execute and figure out a way to get a lopsided, top-heavy lineup to work against...

 By Peter Thorne
5 days ago

Some West Ham fans are dreaming of the Champions League ...

ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down West Ham's 2-1 victory over Manchester City, the Hammers' first win against City since 2009.

West Ham consolidated fourth place in the Premier League with a superb performance against champions Manchester City, built on a powerhouse display by man of the match Alex Song and an encouraging reminder to England manager Roy Hodgson by the excellent Mark Noble.

Backed by an ecstatic home crowd, the Hammers went two goals ahead, fought off an immediate response from City and clung on to deservedly claim all three points in a pulsating game. In a week when Sir Alex Ferguson questioned what the...

5 days ago

Man City suffer attitude problem as West Ham show them the way

ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down West Ham's 2-1 victory over Manchester City, the Hammers' first win against City since 2009.

After what is a big 2-1 defeat for Manchester City against West Ham, Manuel Pellegrini pointed to the "little things" -- the fine margins, the individual moments. That may have been right, but it would only reveal yet another City problem for the manager to try to downplay that it was one of those little things summed up the Hammers' supreme win.

It probably had more of an effect than so many desperate last-second James Collins tackles or divine David Silva touches, and revealed attitudes that led...