Blow Out! Exhaustion And Injury Update From West Ham

West Ham United's Kiwi warrior Winston Reid is suspended for the upcoming game away to Mark Hughes' Stoke City side having picked up his 5th yellow card for the season during the combative draw against Arsenal at the London Stadium. With Peter Crouch likely to feature Reid's ability to keep attackers in his pocket will surely be missed, however the Ginger Pele James Collins is available as is Declan Rice, both good centre backs, Rice has pace whereas 'Ginge' has experience. The latter made a cameo warm up appearance against the Gooners but was eventually not called upon, the weather for Saturdays fixture at the Bet 365 Stadium is forecast to be freezing with a significant risk of ice and snow so perhaps Moyes and Psycho might show their 'soft side' by not wanting to risk 'Ginge' on account of his head being so shiny it might get mistaken for the ball!

The rest of the team will need to re-charge their batteries ahead of what will be a gruelling match against opponents who are in a similarly desperate fight to avoid relegation from the top flight. Stoke City have endured a horrendous run of recent results so they will throw everything they can at visiting West Ham, there is the added spice of 'Elbows' Arnoutovic returning to the club that he acrimoniously left in order to get his £24 Million transfer to the London Stadium. David Moyes will need to keep a eye on him, so will whoever is Captain that day in order to ensure the Stoke players and their fans don't manage to wind up' their ex-talisman, Arnoutovic himself must understand what will happen, although given the fact that he didn't know that he would be booked for jumping in to the crowd to celebrate scoring his first Premier League goal, it is not to be taken for granted that he takes things on board that well.
Antonio is currently being sacrificed for the good of the team, that said his inability to run at the end of the game against Chelsea and against Arsenal meant that there was little chance of a quick break away goal at the end of the match. David Moyes was trying to get Hernandez on for a good few minutes before he did and the ball just wouldn't go out of play, everyone knows the impact 'Chicarito' had when he did eventually get on the pitch, his finely taken shot cannoned off the cross bar and nearly gave Hammers a spectacular last minute winner! Perhaps Moyes and Psycho need to learn big Mick's cut off point before he 'blows a gasket', it's not as if there weren't plenty of 'experienced' players on the bench. Andre Ayew, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho were all available to be called on as well as 'Chico', getting the balance right will be difficult but not impossible against the so called 'lesser' clubs because they are the ones that HAVE to be beaten if West Ham are to avoid the drop, as David Moyes said in his post match comments against Arsenal "any thought of anything other than survival would be a distraction, we're in a battle but I believe it is one that we can and will win!"

The hard work begins again on Saturday and fans will be wondering how much of a toll the exertions of recent fixtures will take, with the exception of the suspended Reid, Moyes would probably like to put the same team out that has served him so well of late, the obvious train of thought being "if it ain't broke don't fix it", but exhaustion has no friends and there are already one or two players 'running on empty'!

Which ever selection of players ends up starting the match, they will need to be on their physical and proverbial toes in order to counter the inevitable onslaught from the home team, and as it's Christmas West Ham will be providing the pantomime villain for the crowd in the form of 'Elbow's Arnoutovic.....Look behind you! - Ed

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Dicks is the man's picture

it was 1-1? did I miss the goals?

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nevillenixon's picture

Our seats are so high up we thought elbows had scored and that there shot went in off the post!

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Dicks is the man's picture

lol, we cant deprive moyes of his prized 'clean sheet'.

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nevillenixon's picture

from official site: 'Ticket details confirmed for three New Year fixtures WHUFC.com
West Ham United are pleased to confirm ticket details for three exciting New Year matches.The Hammers will kick-off 2017 with an exciting series of fixtures in thePremier League and Emirates FA Cup.After welcoming West Bromwich Albion to London Stadium on Tuesday 2 January,
David Moyes’ team travel to Wembley Stadium two nights later. Ticket details for both fixtures are on sale now can be found on whufc.com.
Perhaps they have mastered time travel!

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moore 6 legend's picture

I'm hoping Arnie,does a Lampard and comes back to haunt em,could we have such luck.

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Dicks is the man's picture

lampard haunted stoke? but why? lol.

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moore 6 legend's picture

lol,I knew as soon as I posted, it didn't sound right,me and my granmar lol

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mcbikeman's picture

and stop blaming your grandma

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La Vida Hammer's picture

your Grandma out of this, poor sole

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cast iron's picture

He had a mince pie in his hand

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Probably waitrose the smug git!!

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moore 6 legend's picture

Apparently according to this, we get more rest between games over xmas than the rest of PL clubs.http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41812290

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moore 6 legend's picture

Moyes, has just got wind of the rest between games for our lot, and said he's having none of that malarkey,so the team will be jogging to stoke,a few hours before the game.

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Dicks is the man's picture

lol and no clean sheet means they're jogging back via glasgow

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Isn't Glasgow on the way back home anyway?

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Dicks is the man's picture

has it moved?

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We are "apparently" after in january - it includes: Jack Rodwell,steven pienaar,tim cahill & phil jagielka!!where does this shit come from??lol

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