Tony Cottee: “Four points from six isn’t bad for West Ham.”
Tony Cottee analyses the Fulham game in his exclusive East London Advertiser column
You could view Saturday’s draw at Fulham as an opportunity wasted, but if offered four points out of Spurs and the Cottagers, most would bite your hand off.
Personally I am more than happy with that total, but of course I am slightly disappointed we did not beat Fulham and it is never good to be bottom of the table.
It is nothing to be too concerned about. On Saturday you saw Wigan beat Wolves and with that victory jump into mid-table. It is so tight at the minute, but obviously the longer we are at the bottom the more the pressure increases and the harder it is to move to safety.
It was pretty predictable that boss Avram Grant would not make too many changes to the side which beat Spurs and he was right to do so. There is little point in changing a winning team.
Unfortunately things did not quite go to plan and at half-time Grant was probably right to change things about.
When Victor Obinna was signed we were told he can play on the wing and to put him and Pablo Barrerra on either flank makes sense, as it gave us more width, something we desperately lack at times.
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It clearly worked with Obinna supplying Frederic Piquionne for the goal so he should be credited for that, although I found it odd that when Carlton Cole came on he did not revert back to 4-4-2.
You can’t play Carlton on the wing so Frederic was pushed out there, which is a bit odd considering he scored as a centre forward, which is his best position.
Obinna and Boa Morte were still on the pitch so it would have been easy enough to revert back to that system, so it would give us width and more of an attacking threat.
With those two up front it would make sense to have supply coming in from wide areas to feed two tall strikers that are strong in the air.
For Tony Cottee’s view on what Hammers players should be in Fabio Capello’s England squad, see this Thursday’s East London Advertiser.