This is all West Ham. They look better on the ball, stronger, taller, faster and have more ideas. Charlton just working hard to try and prevent them crossing it into the box.
Lanzini is treated to a League One tackle after doing some bits of skill, nutmegging one player and moving away from another. Robert Snodgrass has taken exception to it and has shouted at the referee that it’s a « f***** shocker! » and plying there should be a yellow card. There isn’t. The free-kick is put into the area… and Amos manages to catch it as the ball drops at Lanzini’s feet inside six yards.
GOOOOAAAALALL except it’s not a goal but the referee has given a foul. The corner is curled in, bounces around bodies in the box, and is forced in to the net with kicks while the goalkeeper is trying to control it with his hands on the ground. Pretty sensible decision.Â
This commentator is only able to speak in broken sentences, which must be a real pain for his pals when in the pub. What I mean by that is he’s ‘doing the voice’ of a commentator, copying the intonation, inflections, melody and rhythm of what you hear on the TV, so it sounds like what we’re used to and therefore not very real. I don’t like it. West Ham have a corner.Â
Charlton win a corner by pressing West Ham from a throw-in near the box… but it’s headed away by the first defender. OH NO there’s a commentator on my stream now, I was enjoying the quiet. Could hear absolutely everything everyone was saying, which as it turns out, was a mixture of screams and various Sunday League commands. GET OUT! GET UP! Various names.Â
So much screaming from the benches. « GET UP! GET UUUUUUUUP! » is all I can hear from member of the West Ham coaching staff, and it’s not Moyes, who is stood calmly on the sidelines just watching Charlton pass around their own defensive third. A mistake gives West Ham the chance to attack but Yarmolenko’s cross is easily blocked.
This iFollow thing is brilliant by the way. You pay something like a tenner to watch the match and then you can just watch it, without commentary, as though you were sat in the stands. The camera is still just the traditional camera angle but it’s cool. Without it we wouldn’t be able to watch games like this.
It’s actually Charlton who will start the game, presumably because they won the coin toss. All the players take a knee, and we’re off!
The players are out, the bubbles are blowing, West Ham are ready to start the match.
The warmups are all done in the empty London Stadium. Only 10 minutes until kick off, at which point we can work out what shape West Ham are playing. It looks like it might be a 4-4-2, back to Moyes’ old Everton system.
It’s not all going so well for ol’ Jackie Wilshere, who is usuallyÂ injured and now missing from the entire matchday squad. The ex-Arsenal midfielder was supposed to be on his way to fitness and ready to revive his career this season but there are strong suggestions on the rumour mill that he might be off to Genoa. Does his exclusion from the game today mean that move is close? I have no idea. It would be great to see him playing though.
Â From the little I know about Charlton from my pre-blog research, that is their first choice team. They usually line up in a 4-3-3 / 4-1-4-1 but we may see a slightly more defensive approach tonight.Â
The summer break is done, the Premier League has started, the first round of pointless internationals are done and now we’re already in the League Cup second round?! This year is nuts. West Ham are also nuts. A bad defeat to Newcastle was not the way they wanted to start this season and it will have put pressure on David Moyes to field something approaching a strong team tonight just to secure the win and get some confidence in his players.Â
Charlton are second in League One after winning their first game of the season, which obviously tells us absolutely nothing about how well prepared they’ll be for tonight’s match against a club in a weird situation. West Ham have some great players but none of them seem to work together – the way the squad has been assembled over the past few years is pretty awful.Â
Depending on who Moyes names in his starting XI tonight, you’d imagine an easy West Ham win against lower league opposition. If it’s the big money big names like Fornals, Rice and Anderson then surely they’ll not have to be at their very best to come through a tricky London derby, but that kind of thinking is exactly what losing Premier League teams approach these games with. Charlton will be right up for it, even though it’s the League Cup and doesn’t matter.
As ever there will be no crowd members present tonight, something which might even help the players avoid feeling the pressure that an unhappy support might bring. Imagine West Ham having to be worried about losing to Charlton? That’s the world we live in.Â
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