Monday, 11 February 2008

West Ham United 1 Birmingham City 1

Dull, Overlong And No One Cared For The Ending by Paul Weaver
After this appalling game Alex McLeish, the Birmingham manager, said he had escaped, briefly, the Premier League relegation dogfight to attend the cinema. "I saw No Country For Old Men," he said. "It was nice and violent. There were a few red cards in that one."... Guardian
Bowyer Off As Hammers Fade by Anna Kessel
West Ham had been hoping for a fourth consecutive home victory, having beaten Manchester United, Fulham and Liverpool in recent weeks. But a fading performance from both teams resulted in a draw that failed to excite... Observer
Hammers Make Easy Viewing For McLeish by Hyder Jawad
So much that was unexpected came to Upton Park on Saturday: springtime, Fabio Capello, Alex McLeish's smile ... it was that kind of afternoon. And yet, towards the end, with aimless long balls becoming the tactic of choice for both teams, it was something foreseeable that disfigured this match: the Lee Bowyer sending off... Independent
McFadden Leads Blues Revival by Nick Townsend
"It fizzled out on us," reflected West Ham's manager, Alan Curbishley, glumly. He was alluding to the second half, one in which he conceded that neither team "looked as if they were ever going to score". But on this display he may well have been speaking about the remainder of the Hammers' season... Independent on Sunday
Birmingham's Defence Gives Renewed Hope by Patrick Barclay
On A ground where Manchester United and Liverpool have fallen since Christmas, a relegation-threatened Birmingham thoroughly deserved their point. Alex McLeish's defence, protected by Damien Johnson and the impressive Patrice Muamba, made West Ham look very ordinary in front of Fabio Capello... Sunday Telegraph
Dean Ashton Fluffs His England Audition by Tom Cary
Fabio Capello must have wondered what all the fuss was about. After weeks of speculation that Dean Ashton was fed up with his manager, Alan Curbishley, for his tendency to drop him in the big games - thereby denying him the chance to impress the new England manager - the Italian finally pitched up at Upton Park on Saturday only to the West Ham striker fluff his lines badly... Telegraph
Little On Show To Raise Capello's Interest by Gary Jacob
Robert Green had “England’s No 6” stitched on to his gloves, self-mocking his position in the country’s goalkeeping pecking order, but Fabio Capello’s early impressions about the shortcomings of the outfield players would only have been crystallised on the evidence of this encounter... Times
Lee Bowyer Off As Hammers Toil by Brian Glanville
Watching this game, with its plethora of unforced errors, Fabio Capello could only have been confirmed in his reportedly low opinion of the technique of the players from whom he must choose... Sunday Times

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