Zola – We Were Playing Against A Very Good Team

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola praised Newcastle after the 2-2 draw yesterday,  but thought his team deserved better than to just draw the game.


Craig Bellamy – played very well yesterday

West Ham have been in good form over the last few games and they played good enterprising football yesterday at St. James Park, and obviously came for all 3 points.

It seems that Gianfranco is willing to play entertaining football, and the game was a corker, even though West Ham looked the more skilled team, with Newcastle hanging on at times, especially after Carlton Cole got the Hammer’s second goal.

After the game the polite Zola said:

“My team deserved better.” “We were playing against a very good team – they tried until the end, and believed in themselves.”

“They got the final goal which gave them a point, but my team I think deserved something better than that.”

Zola withdrew Craig Bellamy with just 10 minutes to go in the game, because his hamstring felt a little bit tight, but he also praised the former Newcastle striker for his performance yesterday in which Craig looked very sharp.

And two former Newcastle players transpired to score a great first goal for West Ham as Scott Parker (who also had a very good game) put Craig through and he made no mistake form 12 yards out.

It seemed like Bellamy really enjoyed himself yesterday at St. James’,  probably because the attention was all on him, but when he was at Newcastle under Bobby Robson he was a real character and still is – but he’s a good player too.

Zola continued:

“The way he plays, he is an example of professionalism,” “His performance was very, very good.”

Zola did not include another former Newcastle player Kieron Dyer in the 16-man squad for the trip because the former Ipswich man is still not fully match fit after a full 17 months out with a broken leg – but he should be a good player for West Ham – if the club can keep his fit, which was always a problem at Newcastle.

Zola continued about Dyer:

“He needs a bit more match-fitness and today was a game in which we needed a full squad,”

“He will have a few more games in the Reserves – and we look forward to welcoming him back at his best.”

Another former Newcastle player, Lee Bowyer, has recently gone on loan to Birmingham City and therefore was not in the Hammers’ squad yesterday.

West Ham fans have to be concerned that Zola seems to have been told he will need to sell some of his players in the summer, since he seems to have the makings of a decent team, from what we saw yesterday, and certainly they play exciting and enterprising football – that’s good to watch.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 11, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    i bet if gutierrez scored made it 3-2 he woulda said we deserved a draw

  • Toonfan1

    Jan 11, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Do actual scouts use that website called imscouting.com? Or is it for us lot who want to find out a lil bit more on a player? Oh and Toon_Sydney- he probs would say that 🙂

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 11, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    We thought in L7A that Jonas had scored – gutted he didnt break his SJP duck.

  • RichY

    Jan 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #4

    I thought we did pretty well.
    Gave 110% which was certainly lacking under many of the previous regimes. Hence the full vocal support of the team. This never say die attitude is a breath of fresh air.

  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 11, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #5

    If only we had never sold Scott Parker. I thought he was an absolutely immense player and always gave everything he had in every game he played. I will never ever forget the guy playing himself to exhaustion, and him actually being carried off the pitch one day after he couldnt carry on. We sorely need someone like him in our CM position.

  • AndyNUFC

    Jan 11, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #6

    It says a lot when a 20 year old is our best player (Carroll- fantastic game).

    What’s up with Coloccini, was he ever a good player? I’m really not seeing any defensive presence/awareness that warrants that £11mill we paid for him.

    Bassong yet another fine solid game, it’s only a matter of time before bigger teams come knocking on the door for him and Jonas. They were the difference.

    Everytime we broke with Duff on the ball you could tell nothing was going to happen. He has the work rate and effort but not the quality required. Which brings me to Geremi. I’d rather have some moody frenchy who wants to leave but has quality on the pitch rather than Geremi who is terrible. Somebody said to me last night they’d rather get relegated with people who want to fight for the shirt, fair enough, but just remember that Geremi has said he wants to leave as well.

    We NEED signings in this window. Owen was non-existent apart from his goal yesterday, we should buy Boyd or Mido.

  • RyanToon

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #7

    zola- we were playing against a very good team

    who were they playing then?


    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Yet more crappy ref blunders.


    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Zola-we we’re playing a very good team & that very good team was playing a very crap ref-Again.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 12, 2009 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #10

    i can easily recall 10 games (where we lose or draw) which we got the POSSIBILITY to win.

    Geremi – need to start practicing kicking the ball.

    Owen- Need new skills, his skills currently are 1990s skills

    We NEED Martins. we struggle without him

    Transfer Window – we will SELL players not buy them


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