Another Jekyll and Hyde performance from Hammers

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Not really sure where to start after Saturday’s draw with Birmingham. Coming into the game I would have taken a point and I’m sure I speak for many West Ham fans when I say that.

We definitely dominated possession without question. Our first half performance was something which one would not expect from a team at the bottom of the table.

We were unlucky not to take the lead in the first half when Ben Foster pulled off an excellent save from a Carlton Cole shot which he seemingly hit with his knee, or whatever body part he could get at it. Ok so, first half started, wasn’t really expecting what I was about to see!

Then, in the 48th minute, Luis Boa-Morte released Frederic Piquionne who scored a fine goal. Great, now I thought ‘right get another goal lads and we have it in the bag’. That we did. With superb team work we were 2-0 up. Scott Parker and Cole played a one-two in which Cole took the ball into the box, passed it across the box to Valon Behrami who smashed it into the net.

I was so sure we had the game won that I was actually thinking about what my facebook status that night would be, maybe something along the lines of ‘what a win. Come on you Irons’.

I didn’t expect what was about to happen. In the 64th minute, Cameron Jerome pulled one back for Birmingham. Not quite sure what happened to our defence there. I thought maybe we could hold on to the lead – wrong.

With 73 minutes gone, Larsson shot at Robert Green with the Hammers’ keeper pushing it away but into the path of Liam Ridgewell who then took the score line back to 2-2. I was actually speechless, I won’t lie.

In the dying minutes of the game, Lars Jacobsen seemed to be pulled back in the penalty box by substitute Jean Beausejour but somehow the linesman or the referee didn’t see it and therefore a penalty was not awarded. This was branded ‘a farce’ by Avram Grant, and rightly so.

So the game finished 2-2. No facebook status update for me. Words couldn’t even describe how disappointed I was. Positives from the game? Well there are a few despite the result. Valon Behrami had a great game. He worked extremely hard, scoring a goal and defending very well. Green played well once again. We never gave up and worked until the end.

A point is better than nothing. We can look forward to West Brom on Wednesday and hope for an improvement on Saturday. It can only get better.

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