Noble rejected a call up to the Republic of Ireland squad, qualifying due to his grandparents being both Cork born. Mark said “There are young Irish kids playing well that deserve and would appreciate an Irish cap more than I would.”
Sealey was to seal his name in the history books of West Ham with two goals that put the game beyond their opponents.
McDowell was a Hammers first team regular for almost 10 years at right back after Bonds switched to midfield. Making his league debut in October 1970 against Blackpool McDowell made 249 appearances for the Hammers, scoring 8 goals.
Fabianski has made 16 appearances in the Premier League this season, keeping 5 clean sheets, conceding 22 goals, being on the winning side 5 times and on the losing side 7 times. This season Fabianski has been hindered by injury after an excellent season before and he started strongly with the Hammers 5th in the league, keeping 2 consecutive clean sheets by the end of September 2019.
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The match day noise and smell of food, music playing and children playing football all gone and cloak of silence surrounding the ground. I tried to imagine the match day, groups of people drinking and chatting, lining up for food, buying their programmes, voices of children calling and the sense of anticipation rising as fans poured into the stadium itself.
After the excellent performance at Anfield against runaway league leaders Liverpool, the Hammers followed that up with a convincing win against The Saints at the London Stadium
The draw against The Seagulls at London Stadium on Saturday felt like a defeat. After holding a 3-1 lead the shape of the team changed when Moyes replaced Antonio with Masuaku and put 5 at the back we lost the movement and danger we had going forward.
Moyes set up the team to restrict Liverpool and the game plan worked until the penalty awarded to the opposition on 35mins. Until then the Hammers worked hard to keep Liverpool at bay and sit deep, venturing into wide and forward positions when able.
I have not felt angry about the club for a while, but I felt anger on Saturday. I’m not angry with the owners – I don’t think that will achieve anything. They are here for the long haul. (Although there is talk of a stay away protest for the Liverpool game) I am not angry with Moyes, he was badly treated the last time he managed us and now he has inherited a team in a torrid state and low on confidence and quality. He is doing the best he can.