Daily News: West Ham not for sale! Hendrie to leave?
Author: Matthew Kirk. Published: 29 December 2015 at 9:09pm
After Dusan Tadic had diverted Shane Long’s cross beyond Adrian – albeit via the unfortunate Carl Jenkinson – in the 13th minute, the Saints threatened to inflict further damage in a difficult opening 45.
But Slaven Bilic’s men came out fighting after the interval and eventually turned the game on its head. Michail Antonio levelled matters when an attempted clearance cannoned off his head and looped over Maarten Stekelenburg, before the returning Andy Carroll nodded home from point blank range to earn the Hammers a first win in nine in front of a jubilant Boleyn Ground.
Bilic made two changes to the side held at Villa Park on Boxing Day, with Jenkinson replacing the injured Aaron Cresswell at left-back, while Pedro Obiang made way for Alex Song – the latter again sporting protective eyewear.
The Hammers had looked the more likely in the early exchanges and thrice had opportunities, albeit half chances at best. Mauro Zarate got across his marker but steered James Tomkins’ cross wide of the far post, before Enner Valencia saw his shot from the edge of the box blocked. Then, Mark Noble teed up Cheikhou Kouyate, who screwed well wide of Stekelenburg’s left-hand upright.
The Saints, however, hit the front with their first attack of note and it was well worked, too. Sadio Mane flicked into the path of Steven Davis, who fed Long on the left edge of the box. The Republic of Ireland man squared across the face, where Tadic played it onto the unfortunate Jenkinson and beyond Adrian in a flash.
It took the wind out of West Ham sails and, but for James Collins, it might have been two on 25. Long broke free down the right this time and pulled back perfectly for Davis. Collins flung himself in the way and Davis’ shot ricocheted over Adrian’s crossbar.
Ten minutes later and Zarate was robbed on the touchline by Davis. The Saints’ No8 strode forward and flashed a drive just wide of the far post.
The chances continued to come. Adrian repelled a Jose Fonte header, before Victor Wanyama spanked the rebound over the top. Seconds later and Mane was bearing down on goal, but he couldn’t quite bring the ball under his spell and his finish was a tame one. Tadic had a dig too, though the busy Adrian flung himself to his right and clung on.
No doubt troubled by what he had seen, Bilic made a double change at the break. Zarate and Song were withdrawn and in their stead came the fit-again duo Carroll and Manuel Lanzini. And the former passed up a glorious opportunity within three minutes of joining the action. After Collins’ header had been cleared off the line by Cuco Martina, Tomkins controlled Noble’s cross and Carroll blasted over the top from little more than six yards out.
But parity was restored in the 69th minute in bizarre fashion, courtesy of Antonio’s first goal in Claret and Blue. The winger burst into the box and despite being tripped before pulling the trigger, Wanyama’s clearance cannoned into the No30 and looped over Stekelenburg. It was nothing more than Antonio’s enterprise deserved.
The Hammers sought to turn the screw and turned the game on its head ten minutes later. Valencia’s cross from the right sat up sweetly for Antonio and after his header came crashing back off the underside of the bar, there was Carroll to gleefully nod home.
Antonio might have sealed it late on, but he smashed wide of the near post with only the ‘keeper to beat. It mattered not, however, as West Ham held firm to climb up to seventh spot.
Subs: Randolph (GK), Oxford, Hendrie, Cullen
Goals: Antonio 69, Carroll 79
Booked: Martina, Romeu, Bertrand
Goal: Jenkinson (og)
Subs: Gazzaniga (GK), Caulker, Clasie, Ward-Prowse
Victory looked in doubt when Carl Jenkinson’s unfortunate own goal gave the Saints an interval lead, but the Hammers were galvanised in the second half and turned the game around.
Michail Antonio levelled before Andy Carroll nodded home the winner to leave Bilic a happy man.
“It’s three massive points for us,” he said. “We needed it and now we can talk about a positive series, because we are six unbeaten and we ended up with a win.
“Otherwise it would be eight without a win and it’s not spinning words, it’s fact. It’s really good, considering everything that happened in the first half.
“We showed a change in character, a change in determination and a change in attitude. To be fair they could have been two up at half time, but they weren’t, and nobody can say we didn’t deserve it in the end.
“We deserved it with the hard work, the approach and, at the end of the day, the quality we showed in the second half.
“We turned the game around which is very difficult to do in the Premier League and it’s great for belief.
“It’s great for the players who came back and it’s good motivation because we are expecting even more players to come back.
“It’s a really good night for West Ham fans and I’m especially pleased for them as they were the ones who lifted us in the second half. They were behind us and we felt that.”
Bilic was especially pleased for the two goalscorers, who have had frustrating seasons to date.
He added: “Andy is like that, he’s that kind of a player. He needs to stay regular in training without any injuries and his quality was never a question.
“Michail deserves it. He is one of those examples which is important for new players, for young players and for players who are changing levels like he did.
“He didn’t play at the start of the season because we had some players who played really well in those positions.”
Carroll – 2016 is looking positive – West Ham Official Site
West Ham United ended a run of seven Barclays Premier League matches without a win and scored their first come-from-behind victory in over a year thanks to a stirring second half display.
Southampton dominated the first half and scored through Dusan Tadic, but a half-time change in tactics and personnel – including the introduction of Carroll and Manuel Lanzini – altered the course of the match.
Man of the Match Michail Antonio equalised with 21 minutes remaining when his buccaneering run was ended by a foul tackle, only for Victor Wanyama’s clearance to ricochet off the winger’s head and loop into the net.
Then, with eleven to go, the Boleyn Ground erupted as Carroll signed-off 2015 with a signature header after Antonio had nodded Enner Valencia’s bouncing cross onto the underside of the crossbar.
“It’s been eight or so games since we won so we are all delighted and I’m just glad we got the win in the end,” said a smiling Carroll. “It’s great getting a goal and for it to be the winner. I’ve had a little niggle so it was great to be back out there.”
There was much debate inside the stadium about Carroll’s new braided hairstyle, but the No9 laughed off jokes about his appearance, and instead heaped praise on Antonio and his teammates for showing the resilience to turn the game on its head.
After a challenging first half that saw frustration levels rise in some sections of the crowd, West Ham were a transformed side after the break.
Carroll gave the forward line a focal point, Lanzini started pulling the strings in the No10 position, while the switching of full-backs Carl Jenkinson and James Tomkins also added impetus down the flanks.
The result was a stirring and deserved victory which will see the Hammers end the calendar year in no worse than eighth place in the table.
“The new hairstyle will stay all season if I keep scoring!” laughed the centre forward, who then had words of support for Antonio and the squad as a whole.
“We’ve had some difficult moments over the last few weeks but Michail has put his chance away and won Man of the Match.
“We’ve got players coming back from injury and a big and deep squad so 2016 is looking positive.”
Antonio – I should have got a hat-trick – West Ham Official Site
His second-half leveller in Monday’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League success over Southampton may neither have been the prettiest, nor even intentional, but was absolutely crucial all the same.
After storming into the box, the 25-year-old fell to earth and was then merely a spectator as Victor Wanyama thumped the ball in his direction. Happily, it thudded off the then floored Antonio and arced over Saints ‘keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
“It was unbelievable,” he told West Ham TV. “I didn’t really know anything about it, so I was trying to celebrate but I was still a bit dazed from when it hit me!
“I thought it was a great performance, after going behind against a good team, who beat Arsenal 4-0 at the weekend, we showed that we can dig in and managed to get the goals.”
Antonio hailed the Hammers’ change of tack at the interval, with the introductions of Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini paying dividends.
When it comes to scoring goals, the former Nottingham Forest man can be as greedy as he likes and the No30 was quick to point out that he could easily have gone home with the match ball for company!
He continued: “We’ve come out [in the second half], we’ve changed formation, put AC [Andy Carroll] up top, so that we can win more headers and pick up more second balls.
“We’ve shown our drive and I should have got a hat-trick, really. It was a good three days of football. We managed to get four points out of the two games. Three points at home, one away, good results!”
As for the winner, Antonio admits he should have tucked it away without Carroll’s intervention, having crashed a header against the underside of the bar. But just his being in the right place at the right time is encouraging and reason enough to think that more chances and more goals are on their way.
“I should have finished it first time,” he added. “AC was sharp, on his toes and managed to put a good header into the far corner. We’ve got to push on now and Liverpool at home on Saturday.
“I’ve always said I will try to get into the box, I always try to get goals and now that I’ve managed to get one, hopefully I can keep going.
“I feel over the last four games I’ve been growing in confidence, I feel that I’ve been getting better and hopefully the fans see it.”
Victory on Monday, the Hammers’ first since back in October, was the perfect end to 2015 and, says Antonio, casts a very different light on the recent spate of stalemates.
“We’re now unbeaten in six, it’s turned from a negative, where we kept drawing and drawing, to now being unbeaten in six. How long can we stay unbeaten?
“All you can do is concentrate on the next game, make sure we keep getting three points, make sure we keep getting points on the board and we’ll keep moving forward.”
From the Boardroom – David Sullivan – West Ham Official Site
In the first half against Southampton we simply weren’t good enough but in the second half we made a couple of changes and switched the full backs. The manager should be complimented on how he changed things at half time and did a wonderful job.
It was a very exciting second half and I would like to thank the supporters that really got behind the team as they make a really big difference. It felt like one of those night games from ten or twenty years ago under lights as it was an incredible atmosphere towards the end of the game.
We had good chances in the second half to score a lot more goals and Andy Carroll scored the most wonderful header. Not many people would have been able to score in the way that he did. He headed it with power away from the goalkeeper, who was in that corner of the goal so it was by no means an easy chance.
Michail Antonio is now getting back to fitness and people are starting to see why we bought him.
He’s a great member of our team and our squad and it shows why the manager would not loan him out when six Championship clubs came in for him before the loan window shut four or five weeks ago. And thank goodness we didn’t as we need him.
We were due a bit of luck. Whether his goal was a bit of luck or just pure determination is up for debate.
I’ve never seen a player try so hard and I take my hat off to the people that voted him man of the match. I think everyone really was a man of the match for the second half performance.
When Manuel Lanzini came on with Andy it made a real difference to the team. And when Dimitri Payet comes back, most likely for the Liverpool game, and Diafra Sakho comes back we’ll go up another level as well.
Even though we’ve only lost four games all season, with all of the draws you start to look down the table and start to worry.
We can now start to look up again and string a few wins together.
Looking ahead to 2016 we’ve now got 19 games to go and as I said in the summer anything is possible.
We know if we play to our maximum then there is not a team in this division we cannot beat.
I think it’s extremely unlikely we could finish third or fourth but it’s possible. I think it’s unlikely we’ll win the FA Cup but it’s possible if you get the right draw and that’s the mentality we must have.
Finally, I really enjoyed meeting some of the people that our outstanding Foundation have been helping over the Christmas period as part of a special project that I funded with the homeless charity Crisis.
I personally paid for the week-long scheme, which saw Foundation coaches delivering fun football sessions, as well as supplying West Ham kit and match day tickets for the meeting with Southampton.
I was delighted we could do something to help make their Christmas more enjoyable.
Thanks again for your support and I wish you happy and prosperous start to 2016.
Sullivan and David Gold bought West Ham six years ago in a deal which valued the club at £105m.
Since then they have been relegated but have now re-established themselves as a Premier League club.
Their improving finances, their location in London and their imminent move to the Olympic Stadium have made them an attractive target for foreign businessmen who want to invest in English football.
But Sullivan, the West Ham co-chairman and co-owner, is not interested in making a profit on his own investment.
He said: “We have zero desire to sell the club unless the King of Saudi Arabia or the Sultan of Brunei come along. We’re not going to sell to an American or Chinese consortium.
West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan says the club won’t be spending any money unless they sell players first; something they have no intention of doing
“We might sell a minority shareholding to clear our debts, but in all probability our kids will take over from us. We love West Ham, we’re not going anywhere.”
West Ham are one of only eight Premier League clubs who have English owners. In the past month, two American businessmen, Josh Harris and David Blitzer, have bought stakes in Crystal Palace, and a group of US investors are in advanced talks to buy Everton in a deal which values the club at about £200m.
According to Sullivan, that would not be enough to tempt him to sell West Ham.
He said: “If someone offers us a couple of hundred million pounds tomorrow, we are not selling – it is as simple as that.”
One of the factors that is attracting investors to West Ham is their location in London. Sullivan says their London home is also making it easier for them to sign foreign players.
West Ham are not expected to make any significant moves in the transfer market in January, but manager Slaven Bilic will have about £30m to spend in the summer.
Sullivan said: “Foreign players come to England for the money and because their wives want to live in London. Going forward we’re going to sign some top players and being in London is a big factor.”
David Sullivan was speaking at an event to publicise the release of a film he has produced called The Fall of the Krays. The follow-up to The Rise of the Krays is released in cinemas and for download on 1 January.
West Ham trio Dimitri Payet, Winston Reid and Victor Moses eye Liverpool return – BT Sport
Midfielder Payet, defender Winston Reid and winger Victor Moses are all on course to return to the squad after spells on the sidelines.
Payet was one of the Premier League’s most impressive performers until he suffered an ankle injury against Everton in early November, and his availability will be a major boost to manager Slaven Bilic.
“Hopefully some of the players will be back now, against Liverpool,” said Bilic. “Payet, Reidy, Moses. It’s only Diafra Sakho who we will be without for another four or five weeks.
“Dimitri started to train with the team on Sunday. He looks good, his ankle is very stable and the target is the game against Liverpool. I am delighted he is going to be with us for that game.”
With Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll making their returns as substitutes against Southampton on Monday evening, West Ham’s injury crisis finally looks like easing.
Carroll’s 79th-minute header secured a 2-1 win – the Hammers’ first victory in nine attempts – after Michail Antonio had cancelled out Carl Jenkinson’s first-half own-goal.
But Bilic added: “I want to praise the other players who have been picking up points without them. That was crucial, but now with them back it should be better.
“It’s good for me. It’s hard to drop the other players but it’s all about competition. If we want to be a big club, and if you want to get through periods like this with all the injuries, then you need a squad.
“That’s the only way you can have the long-term success that the chairmen and the fans want.”
Saints head to Norwich on Saturday looking to build on a promising first-half performance, which should have seen them go in at the break more than one goal ahead.
Midfielder Dusan Tadic, whose close-range effort was diverted in by Jenkinson, told the club’s official website: “I think, especially first half, we can take a lot of positive things, but we also need to analyse the bad things, then I hope that we will be better.
“I think if we put that performance from the first half and to be more stable second half, we have a great opportunity to take points.”
Dundee tracking Hendrie – TheTele.co.uk
The 20-year-old Scottish youth international is currently on West Ham’s books but has not been getting first-team football in the English Premiership.
And a move back north, either on loan or in a permanent deal, would meet his desire to get back into proper competitive action again.
Despite his tender years, Hendrie — a left-back who can also play in midfield — played well over 100 games for Accies before switching to the Hammers at the end of this January’s transfer Window.
A move to Dens would help bolster the Dark Blues defensively and, after shipping five goals at Ross County on Saturday, that is a priority for manager Paul Hartley.
He described the goals his side lost in Dingwall as “disgraceful” and bemoaned “abysmal” defending.
Having seen his side twice take the lead he was at a loss to explain the collapse that saw four goals conceded in little over half an hour in the second half.
“We don’t know what we’re getting week by week just now,” he said.
“We get into the lead and I thought when we went forward we looked dangerous.
“But it was the other side of it. The defensive side we looked so vulnerable. We got cut open so many times.
“I don’t know what happened. We looked all over the place in the goals we lost and the mistakes we made.
“It was unbelievable what we witnessed to be honest with you.
“To go from a clean sheet against Hamilton to this. We looked solid and a good unit against Accies but then this happens.”
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Scott Bain faces a fitness check to see if he can face Celtic at Dens Park on Wednesday night.
Bain was hurt in an accidental clash late on in Saturday’s game.
And, although he completed the 90 minutes, afterwards he had to have stitches inserted in a leg gash.
“We’ll need to see how he is,” confirmed the gaffer.
Skipper Kevin Thomson missed out because of his hamstring problem.
He could return against the Hoops, though it looks more likely he’ll be back in action for Saturday’s Dens derby against Dundee United.
Attacker Greg Stewart can face Celtic but is suspended for the New Year showdown with the Tangerines.