News Round Up: Defender Departs
Author: Matthew Kirk. Published: 24 November 2015 at 5:17pm
Rovers where delighted to announce the loan signing of Doneil Henry from West Ham United today.The 22-year-old makes a welcome return to Ewood Park, joining the club on an initial deal until January 3rd 2016.“It is great to be back here again, it is a great club,” said Henry.
“The last time I was here I felt really welcomed, I got tossed in right away and felt it was made really easy because of how great the guys were here.
“So I’m just looking to train hard and play my part and give all I have for the team.”
Manager Paul Lambert said: “I’m delighted to be able to bring Doneil back. I know that he did very well last time he was here, prior to his injury. We felt that it was important to add an extra body to the defensive department and Doneil was the obvious choice.”
Henry enjoyed a brief but successful spell with Rovers towards the end of last season. Signing mere hours before the team took on Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, the central defender put in an outstanding debut display in a 2-1 victory.
The following weekend the Canadian impressed once more, claiming an assist as Rovers defeated Bolton Wanderers at Ewood.
However his loan spell would be cut short the very next match as Henry sustained a serious hamstring injury in the 3-1 away win at Charlton Athletic. Forcing the defender to return to West Ham for surgery.
Henry could make his second debut for the club against Sheffield Wednesday once more this Saturday.
West Ham U21’s 3-2 Derby County U21’s
West Ham United Development squad recorded their third win of the season last night when they beat Premier League Under 21 Division 2 leaders Derby County at home 3-2 courtesy of a brace from Elliot Lee and a goal from inform midfielder Marcus Browne.
West Ham opened the scoring in the 7th minute when Lee dispatched his penalty after a foul in the box on Reece Oxford.
The Hammers extended their lead in the 37th minute via a Marcus Browne finish after superb work from Josh Cullen and Lee.
Derby pulled a goal back just after the break before Elliott Lee extended the Hammers lead again with a glancing header from a Parfitt-Williams cross.
Derby pulled another goal back in the 81st minute to make a nervy final 10 minutes for the young Hammers but they held on for the vital 3 points.
Heralded performances from Reece Oxford, Leo Chambers, Marcus Browne and Elliott Lee on the night.
West Ham United U21: Spiegel, Knoyle, Page, Makasi, Chambers (Onariase 68), Oxford (c) (Pike 46), Parfitt-Williams, Cullen, Lee, Browne, Hendrie (Nasha 84)
Subs: Brown, Brown (GK)
Derby County U21: Roos, Santos, Ssewankambo, Hanson, Buxton, Cover, Guy, Vernam, Zanzala, Bennett, Kalero
Subs: Elsnik, Mackay (GK), Stabana, Bunjaku, McDonald
Referee: Andrew Laver
West Ham Under 21 striker Elliot Lee on U21 win over Derby County
After scoring a brace against league leaders Derby County to help his side secure valuable 3-2 win at Rush Green, Elliot Lee spoke of his delight to be back on the scoresheet.
The striker put in a typically hard-working display and his efforts were richly rewarded, first through a penalty before doubling his tally for the evening with a deft header from Djair Parfitt-Williams’ searching cross.
The brace doubles Lee’s personal tally for the campaign, taking him level with Martin Samuelsen on four goals each.
Reflecting on good night’s work, Lee said: “As a striker, I’ve always said that you go through patches where you don’t score, and then patches where you do. All strikers go through it, I know that now, it’s no bother to me so it’s nice to be back among the goals tonight and hopefully that continues.
“First goal was a pen, obviously having missed my last one before that it was great to redeem myself this time. For the second one Djair put in a great ball, I found a bit of space and flicked it on so I’m really happy tonight.”
As if a match-winning brace was not enough, Lee also had a crucial part in the Hammers’ second, beating his marker to get to the byline before teeing up Marcus Browne.
The young midfielder’s effort was saved by Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos, however he parried it straight to Josh Cullen who made no mistake with the rebound.
Lee continued with a smile on his face: “Me and Browney were having a little argument about who got the assist because he should’ve scored first time, but I’ll take the assist if it’s being given to me.
“One thing that we’ve been really critical of ourselves is not being ruthless enough. We haven’t seen out several games, we made it hard for ourselves towards the end, like we always do, but we had that bit more ruthlessness which was good and saw the game out.”
The win over the Rams is the Dev Squad’s second in consecutive games having beaten Brighton & Hove Albion last time out, with three wins in the last four games.
With two games in three days coming up next week, Lee said their pick-up in form had come at a crucial time.
“Confidence is everything in football, if we can keep this streak going that would be excellent, hopefully we’ll continue it against Swansea and Exeter, that will bod really well for the team.
“We spoke about how good they were going to be, we knew it was going to be tough, them being top of the league. They had some experienced players out there, so credit to the lads they all put in a shift and we’re all really proud of ourselves.
“These games are always going to be full blooded and it shows great character that we rallied round and didn’t go under. We got stuck in and at the end of the day got the three points.
“As for me personally, we’ll see what happens from here really. I’d like to think I’ve put in a good performance tonight so hopefully I’m allowed to go out on loan, obviously the window closes in a few days. If I don’t, then I’ll continue to work and play well and we’ll see what happens from there.”
Academy Manager Terry Westley’s comments on win over Derby U21’s
Academy Manager Terry Westley praised his side for the manner in which they overcame top-of-the-table Derby County 3-1 at Rush Green on Monday evening.
Westley’s side started the game the stronger and secured a valuable three points thanks to an Elliot Lee brace and a second goal in as many games for Josh Cullen.Reflecting on a determined performance, Westley surmised: “It was a good performance and a good result. In terms of getting three points that was the most pleasing result we’ve had all season, because it was a proper match.Some people will tell you that U21 football isn’t competitive, well that certainly was. I’ve watched a lot of League One football this season, from the firstt to the 95th minute that was a proper competition game. That was up there with anything I’ve seen in League One.”
Prolific striker Lee broke the deadlock after just seven minutes. Reece Oxford, captaining the side, was hauled down at a corner, upstepped Lee to send Kelle Roos the wrong way.
Half an hour later, Cullen doubled the advantage as he ran onto Marcus Browne’s parried shot, following further great work from Lee to get past his man at the byline.
In the second half the hosts rallied as Callum Guy pulled one back, yet Lee was on hand to restore their advantage with delightfully cushioned header from Djair Parfitt-Williams searching cross.
Ivan Calero netted late on to ensure a nervy final few moments yet the Hammers held on to secure their second consecutive win. Westley continued: “It was a tough game, tackles were coming in thick and fast. You have to accept that as part of the game and stay calm and be resolute and I thought we did that well particularly in the second half. It was a test to see if we were going to see it through or if we were going to cave in and thankfully we stood firm.
“I’ve said it several times, West Brom away, Stoke away and Blackburn away we really should have got something from these games. So tonight was particularly pleasing that we got what we deserved.” In an all-round impressive display by everyone wearing claret and blue, Westley reserved special mention to his star striker Lee, whose brace saw him double his tally for the season with four goals. “The third goal was a peach of a goal where he ran, got in a good cross and Elliot did ever so well to get a good header on it. I’m pleased for because he’s on his way back, he’s had a few injuries and that’s as good as I’ve seen him all season. “It was certainly an all-round team performance, everyone, even the subs had a massive contribution to the tempo of the game. Their centre forward was as good as I’ve seen all season, he’s a young boy but he was a threat down the sides, Chambers and Oxford did well to keep him quite first half and then Manny came on and Kyle Knoyle changed position but they all coped very well.” After a difficult start, the Hammers now have three wins out of the last four games, scoring nine goals in the process. Westley continued: “That’s two on the bounce, three out of the last four which is great for confidence. We’re heading in the right direction but more importantly it’s how we are playing.“We should have made more passes than we did, but we beat the team top of the league. It’s certainly a good confidence boost. “We’ve got two tough games coming up, tough because they’re both away. One against Swansea in the league and then straight away in the cup at Exeter. It would be nice to go through a few rounds and make it interesting, it’ll be a good challenge for the 16 players who play both games.”
Former Hammer Tony Gale urges Bilic to play Sakho ahead of Carroll
Slaven Bilic opted to start Andy Carroll upfront against Tottenham, with Diafra Sakho out on the wing, but Tony Gale has told Sky Sports that the Hammers boss should play Sakho as the lone striker due to his movement. Gale said: “If he is going to play Andy Carroll they have to get crosses into him but I think they should go with Diafra Sakho up front again because he provides more movement.” Bilic opted to let Carroll lead the line against Spurs, but rather than altering the style of play to build on his strengths, West Ham continued to play the ball on the ground. Carroll is great in the air, but he is very static when it comes to running into space and splitting the opposition defence, and it is no surprise that he was so ineffective against a good Spurs back-line. With the Hammers keen on keeping the style of play that has worked so well this term, Gale believes that Sakho should be selected as the out-and-out forward, as his skill set is far better suited to a game based upon the ground.
Sakho proved his goalscoring threat last season, and he is a player whose game is based around running into space, pressing and keeping the ball on the ground. He is the solo embodiment of how West Ham want to play, and his inclusion in the starting XI makes total sense. Gale believes Sakho should be upfront because of the movement that the Senegalese forward brings, but he also admitted that if Carroll remains as Bilic’s first-choice striker, the head coach has to alter how his team play to build their game around long-balls and direct passes to the towering striker.
Seydou Doumbia linked again
West Ham are considering a January swoop for Roma striker Seydou Doumbia, according to reports in Italy.The Ivory Coast international is currently on loan at CSKA Moscow after struggling to make an impact in Italy.The 27-year-old only joined Roma in January from CSKA for £11m – but he headed back there in the summer on a season-long deal.
However, according to Corriere dello Sport, Doumbia’s loan could be cut short as West Ham weigh up a January move.The Hammers are on the hunt for attacking reinforcements and have been impressed by the forward this season. Doumbia has been in fine form this term and already has eight goals in all competitions.
Sky Sports pundit Phil Thompson on West Ham under Slaven Bilic
Phil Thompson has told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, which was broadcast on November 21st, that Slaven Bilic has made a ‘fantastic’ change at West Ham United, by allowing more flair players to start. The Hammers have been one of the Premier League’s most threatening sides this season, and they have racked up an impressive number of goals as a result. With the likes of Victor Moses, Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini all seeing regular action, West Ham have troubled defences throughout the division.
And Thompson said: “They are a different challenge, and they have started to relish the counter attack. “It’s fantastic that Bilic can have a good mix. They still have a good defence, but now he’s allowing those three behind the front-man to be flair players. Sam [Allardyce] might have one, but he’s got three or four. “They can keep possession and hurt people.”
West Ham have netted on 24 occasions already this season, and only two teams in England’s top-flight have been able to better that return. It highlights the quality of West Ham’s squad, but Bilic’s side now need to prove that they can continue to be a threat without Payet. The French creator has been West Ham’s talisman over the course of the campaign so far, but he is set for a three-month spell on the sidelines.
West Ham fan released from Hospital
West Ham have confirmed that a supporter stabbed before Sunday’s game with Tottenham has been discharged from hospital. A 35-year-old man was admitted to hospital on Sunday after being stabbed in the abdomen at approximately 3pm in White Hart Lane at the junction with Tottenham High Road. The man has now left hospital after receiving treatment with West Ham tweeting that they wished the supporter a “continued, speedy recovery.” No arrests have been made and the Hammers have again called upon witnesses to help police with their enquiries. “Following the Metropolitan Police’s initial appeal for information and witnesses, which was retweeted on the club’s Official Twitter account on Sunday evening, no arrests have yet been made and the club are again calling on supporters to assist the investigation,” a statement on the club’s official website read.