Monday, 20 August 2007

Birmingham City 0 West Ham United 1

Noble Relief For Curbishley by John Ashdown
Today is the beginning of week 37 of Alan Curbishley's reign as West Ham manager
but it must seem an awful lot longer. Last week's home defeat by Manchester City
brought a bout of unwanted headlines... The Guardian

Bruce Fumes As Bellamy Eases Pressure by Duncan Mackay
Few players appear to thrive on conflict and controversy quite like Craig
Bellamy, who started yesterday by making one of his regular appearances on the
back pages of a tabloid and ended it by allegedly getting involved in an
incident in the tunnel... The Observer

Noble Penalty Gives Hammers Result by Kaveh Solhekol
If life was fair, West Ham United supporters would be waking up this morning and
reading about how their team bounced back from losing to Manchester City on the
opening day of the season. Life is not fair and Alan Curbishley knows that
better than most managers... The Times
'Baggage' Won't Weigh Down Alan Curbishley by Martin Smith
Craig Bellamy and Kieron Dyer come with enough baggage to fill a jumbo jet's
hold. However, where everyone else sees serial recidivists, Alan Curbishley sees
players turning over new leaves and enhancing a team he is trying to build - if
not exactly in his own image, then on his own terms... The

Noble Noble Strike Earns Curbishley Relief by David Instone
So busy is Alan Curbishley with putting out fires these days that it is a wonder
he had time to orchestrate a victory of such calm and conviction as this... The Independent

Birmingham Fall To Noble Effort by David Instone
Suddenly, West Ham United's supposedly troubled world looks a whole lot sunnier.
All it took to start lifting the latest East End storm-clouds was a contested
but justified Mark Noble penalty 22 minutes from time, an enterprising,
committed performance actually warranting a considerably bigger victory... Independent on Sunday

Bellamy The Belligerant In No Mood To Be Tamed by Colin Young
Alan Curbishley spent £7.5million on Craig Bellamy and challenged him to clean
up his act. On the evidence of the season so far, there appears more chance of
hell freezing over... Daily Mail

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