West Ham fans not concerned by much maligned 4-5-1 formation

Hammers happy with winning formula

Every week our West Ham correspondent Nathaniel John asks Hammers fans their opinions on the goings on at the club.

You can join the debate on twitter @nathaniel_john.

This week Nathaniel asks; ‘Are you happy with Sam Allardyce’s tactics? Is 4-5-1 the one? Or should it be 4-4-2?’

It has to be 4-5-1 away 4-4-2 at home for me......especially at home to Peterborough, otherwise Baldock was a pointless signing in my opinion.


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@MarkieReynolds Mark Reynolds

A winning formation is the way for me. Winds me up that people are complaining, yet we’re flying. He’s the manager, let him do his job I say.

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@phill_joseph Phill Joseph

Big Sam is playing winning football, so of course I’m happy regardless of formation.

@Moose_talkSPORT Ian ‘Moose’ Abrahams

We need to start being more clinical in front of goal. By that, I believe we should have two up top as it’s vital to win at home.

@MarshyWHUFC Nick Marsh

4-5-1 is vital against teams like Peterborough, because it means possession. Big Sam will swap the formation after the team is settled.

@benny_berger Benny Berger

I would like to see Baldock get a go in a 4-4-2, but who do you sacrifice from the centre of midfield? Oh, and don’t forget, it’s 4-3-3, not 4-5-1!

@pudderst Tim Pudney

Personally, I would love to see a 4-4-2 formation. However, Big Sam is getting the results with a 4-5-1. Ok, It isn’t the prettiest of matches, but if it’s working then I suppose we’ve got to stick with it. Once the team fully gels, I think things will also improve on the pitch.

@lwhitey75 Lee White

4-5-1 has given us good results and good football. It gave us the former but not the latter on Saturday, but that was one game. Let’s not get short-termist. Good to see we can grind out results if need be. We’ll need to.

@olliedearn Ollie Dearn

I’d prefer 4-4-2 at home, but if it ain’t broke etc. I just want to win games, and if that is what we are doing then why change?

@oakey_dokey Dave Oakman

If we are getting the results, then we can’t really complain, whatever the system is.

@jonfoz1 Jon Foster

Can’t see what the problem is – we’re winning games at long last! If it’s not broke, why try fix it?

@louisb91 Louis Baker

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