Monday, 28 April 2014

West Bromwich Albion 1 - 0 West Ham United

The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion vs West Ham United
1-0 Saido Berahino 11'
  General Play 
4-2-3-1 Formation 4-2-3-1
(39) Ben Foster - Adrián (28)
(7) Steven Reid - Guy Demel (13)
(30) Craig Dawson - James Tomkins (-8)
(24) Jonas Olsson - Winston Reid (17)
(37) Billy Jones - George McCartney (15)
(9) Youssouf Mulumbu - Mark Noble (-9)
(12) Graham Dorrans - Mohamed Diamé (8)
(15) Morgan Amalfitano - Stewart Downing (16)
(52) Stephane Sessegnon - Kevin Nolan (-21)
(-2) Chris Brunt - Matt Jarvis (13)
(29) Saido Berahino - Andy Carroll (5)

(22) James Morrison - James Collins (-2)
(1) Victor Anichebe - Joe Cole (5)
(1) Claudio Yacob - Carlton Cole (-6)

Best Performance
(52) Stephane Sessegnon - Adrián (28)

Worst Performance
(-2) Chris Brunt - Kevin Nolan (-21)

45% Possession 56%

268 Passes Attempted 348
Youssouf Mulumbu 37 Most Attempted 56 Mark Noble

79% Passing Accuracy 81%
67% In Opp. Half 62%
Steven Reid 100% Best Accuracy (min. 15 passes) 94% Matt Jarvis

62 Long Balls 83
23% % Long Balls 24%
Chris Brunt 11 Most Long Balls (excl. GK) 14 James Collins

Most Frequent Pass Combination
Sessegnon to Amalfitano 9 - 12 McCartney to Jarvis

 12 Aerial Duels Won 17 
 41% Success 59% 
Jonas Olsson 4 Most Won 8 Andy Carroll

Chris Brunt 62 Most Touches 71 Guy Demel

 Offensive Play 
19 Attempts on Goal 9
6 On Target 3
9 Off Target 6
4 Blocked 0
58% From Outside the Box 11%
Stephane Sessegnon 5 Most Shots 5 Andy Carroll

16 Key Passes 9
Morgan Amalfitano 5 Most Key Passes 4 Stewart Downing

26 Crosses 33
Morgan Amalfitano 10 Most Attempted 11 Matt Jarvis

8 Successful Crosses 11
31% Success 33%
Chris Brunt 3 Most Successful 4 Matt Jarvis

9 Take Ons Attempted 10
8 Successful Take Ons 7
89% Success 70%
Stephane Sessegnon 4 Most Take Ons 4 Mohamed Diamé

 Defensive Play 
19 Tackles Attempted 22
7 Successful Tackles 7
37% Success 32%
James Morrison 3 Most Tackles 4 Mohamed Diamé

39 Clearances 34
Jonas Olsson 9 Most Clearances 7 James Collins

18 Interceptions 5
Youssouf Mulumbu 5 Most Clearances 1 James Tomkins

0 Shot Blocks 4
n/a 0 Most Shot Blocks 2 James Collins

 14 Fouls 8 
Saido Berahino 3 Most Fouls 3 Andy Carroll

0 Yellow Cards 1
West Bromwich Albion:     
West Ham United:  James Collins   

0 Red Cards 0
West Bromwich Albion:     
West Ham United:     

 Head to Heads 
Ben Foster vs Adrián
0 Goals Conceded 1
3 Saves 5
1 Claims 2
1 Successful Claims 2
100% Success 100%

34 Total Distribution 41
18 Accurate 22
53% Success 54%

12 Goal Kicks 11
7 Accurate 4
58% Success 36%
3 Throw Outs 5
3 Accurate 5
100% Success 100%

1 Kick from Hand 6
0 Accurate 1
0% Success 17%
18 Other 19
8 Accurate 12
44% Success 63%

0 Errors Leading to Shot 0
0 Errors Leading to Goal 0

Saido Berahino 4 Most Passed To 8 Andy Carroll
Craig Dawson 3 Most Passes From 5 Winston Reid

Jonas Olsson vs Winston Reid
10 Aerial Duels 1
4 Duels Won 1
40% Success 100%
1 Tackles Attempted 0
1 Tackles Completed 0
100% Success 0%
9 Clearances 3
1 Interceptions 1
0 Blocks 1
0 6yrd Blocks 0
0 Errors Leading to Shot 0
0 Errors Leading to Goal 0
21 Passes Attempted 29
16 Successful 27
76% Success 93%
0 Crosses Attempted 0
0 Successful 0
0% Success 0%
1 Chances Created 0
0 Attempts on Goal 1
0 On Target 0
0 Goals 0
Craig Dawson 3 Most Passed To 7 George McCartney
Youssouf Mulumbu 4 Most Passes From 9 James Collins

Morgan Amalfitano vs Matt Jarvis
19 Passes Attempted 18
18 Successful 17
95% Success 94%
5 Key Passes 22
1 Assists 0
0 Attempts on Goal 0
0 On Target 0
0 Goals 0
1 Take Ons Attempted 3
0 Take Ons Successful 1
0% Success 33%
10 Crosses Attempted 11
2 Successful 4
20% Success 36%
1 Tackles Attempted 1
0 Tackles Completed 1
0% Success 100%
0 Clearances 0
2 Interceptions 0
0 Blocks 0
0 6yrd Blocks 0
0 Errors Leading to Shot 0
0 Errors Leading to Goal 0
Saido Berahino 6 Most Passed To 9 George McCartney
Stephane Sessegnon 9 Most Passes From 12 George McCartney

Saido Berahino vs Andy Carroll
3 Attempts on Goal 5
2 On Target 2
1 Goals 0
0 Key Passes 0
0 Assists 0
16 Passes Attempted 28
14 Successful 17
88% Success 61%
1 Take Ons 0
1 Sucecssful Take Ons 0
100% Success 0%
1 Aerial Duels 20
0 Duels Won 8
0% Success 40%
Graham Dorrans 3 Most Passed To 5 Kevin Nolan
Morgan Amalfitano 6 Most Passes From 8 Adrián

Friday, 25 April 2014

West Bromwich Albion vs West Ham United

Saturday 26th April 2014

West Bromwich Albion vs West Ham United

Save our season! Must win game! 6 pointer!

I don't think this game is as important as some are making out, because I don't think we will be relegated even if we lose our remaining three games. That said, winning this would make life a little more comfortable going into our final two fixtures.

Back in December, we played out probably our most entertaining game of the season (with the exception of our 3-0 win at White Hart Lane), a three all draw at the Boleyn. Despite the fact that two of West Brom's last three games at the Hawthornes have resulted in the same scoreline, it seems rather unlikely that we'll see a similar result this weekend.

The Baggies have only won 3 of their 17 home league matches this season, have won just once at home since they beat Crystal Palace on the 2nd November, and have failed to win at home since the New Years Day defeat of Newcastle United.

If there was ever an away game that West Ham could expect to pick up points, this might just be it.

Key Player
Despite their poor season, West Brom have had a few stand out players this campaign.

Ben Foster's form between the sticks has led to calls for an England recall, Jonas Olsson has been as solid and dependable as ever at the heart of defence, James Morrison and Morgan Amalfitano have provided the occasional sparkle going forward, and youngster Saido Berahino has produced a number of high class performances in his debut Premier League season.

But the man who has really stood out to me is central midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu. The Congolese international is often at the heart of West Brom's play, acting as both a midfield destroyer, and a driving force in attacks.

In West Brom's away win at Swansea's Liberty Stadium in March, Mulumbu was everywhere. On that day, no West Brom player attempted more than his 57 passes. No Baggie won more tackles than his 5, made more interceptions than his 6, had more shots on goal than his 4, or touched the ball more than the 83 times the midfielder managed.

The image below shows Mulumbu's heat map from that game. What you can see, is that the Congolese will patrol all areas of the pitch, offering defensive protection in front of the back four, whilst also attacking with gusto - often down the right flank.

This is just a typical example of Mulumbu's performances this season.

Despite operating primarily as a holding midfielder, he has managed an impressive 17 key passes in his 33 appearances, bagging 2 assists along the way. He has also completed an impressive 77% of his 52 attempted take ons (1.6 attempted per game).

What is particularly impressive about Mulumbu, is that he doesn't often let his attacking adventures detract from his defensive work. Mulumbu has put in 137 tackles this season (4.2 per game), winning 51% of these, and has made a whopping 101 interceptions (3.1 per game).

And just to complete the package, the number 21 has a brilliant pass completion rate of 85% - the fourth highest of all West Brom players this season. What makes this even more impressive, is that Mulumbu averages 53.7 attempted passes per game - the most of any Baggie (Claudio Yacob is second with 36.9 per game).

The image below shows Mulumbu's completed passes in that three all draw with West Ham back in December. As you can see, these aren't just square passes to bolster the completion rate. Mulumbu has a wide range of passes in his locker, and is equally happy going square or playing searching balls in behind fullbacks. During that game, no player on the pitch attempted as many passes as Mulumbu's 77, and only three had better pass completion rates than his 87%.

How do you stop them?
Despite their poor home record this season, West Brom have only failed to score four times at the Hawthornes this season. But these games tell us something.

The key to stopping West Brom from playing well at home is to be patient. 

West Brom are happy to play with the ball and try to keep possession, but often gift the ball to the opposition, and let them in for goalscoring opportunities. The four games in which they have failed to score, they have gifted the opposition possession of the ball frequently. The image below shows the number of misplaced passes by West Brom against the various teams to keep clean sheets at the Hawthornes.

This tendency to lose possession cheaply has impacted upon the way in which those sides have approached games at the Hawthornes. 

The images below shows the numbers of interceptions and tackles made by the away side at the Hawthornes, and the number of those made in the West Brom half. What you can see, is that (with the notable exception of Manchester United) the away sides have found success without needing to press into the West Brom half.

Norwich, Swansea and Southampton each made less than 40% of their tackles in the opposition half, and less than 20% of their interceptions in this areas. What this suggests, is that teams do not need to press and hound the Baggies to be successful. Against a lot of Premier League teams, there is a necessity to put pressure on the ball, and stop them playing out from defence and through the midfield, but this does not appear to be the case against West Brom.

It appears to me, that West Brom's biggest weakness at home is at left back. I'm hesitant to call Liam Ridgewell a weakness, because I think he is a very capable defender, and an able attacker, and I genuinely like the guy as a player.

However, his style of play this season has often left the back door open.

Ridgewell is very important to West Brom's attacking play. The image below shows the attack sides by West Brom in their last three home games. As you can see, the bulk of their attacks come from Ridgwell's left wing.

What this has meant though, is that there are often wide spaces behind the left back for opposition wingers to exploit. If you look at the average positions of the Baggies in those same three games, you can see that there are huge spaces in behind the former West Ham trainee.

If you compare Ridgewell's (#6) position to that of right back Steven Reid (#2), you can see that the the right wing can be a fruitful area for opposition sides to attack. On top of this, Jonas Olsson is not the quickest of centre halves, making the right wing position this weekend the key area for West Ham.

Based on the areas discussed, I believe that there are a few key players for West Ham on Saturday afternoon.

Firstly, whoever partners Mark Noble in the middle of midfield will need to have an engine on them to track Youssouf Mulumbu over the park. Frustrating the Congolese is an important aspect of playing the Baggies, as we know from his red card for kicking the ball at Gary O'Neil a year ago. A battle of Diamé vs Mulumbu would make for interesting viewing.

Second, Matt Jarvis needs to play at right wing. Both Jarvis and Downing have the ability to exploit the space behind Ridgewell, but Jarvis' extra pace and his natural right foot should made counterattacking at speed down that flank a far easier proposition.

And finally, be patient! The Baggies are likely to have more of the ball than us. However, we don't need to chasing it around the park. Drawing defenders and midfielders out of position is how they hurt teams. Being patient and biding our time could force them into conceding possession cheaply, and providing key counterattacking opportunities.

If think sticking to these areas and putting them into practice effectively should lead to a comfortable away victory. Whether it'll happen or not is another matter entirely.

 Head to Head 
38% Head to Head Win % 39%
37 Won 38
22 Drawn 22
38 Lost 37
157 Goals Scored 157
157 Goals Conceded 157

 Recent Form 
W L D W D L Last 6 L W W L L L
10 Goals Scored 6
12 Goals Conceded 10
D D D L D D Home/Away Form D W L L W L
9 Goals Scored 6
12 Goals Conceded 8
 Form Player (excl. GK) 
 (Last 6 League) 
Youssouf Mulumbu - Stewart Downing
6 Appearances 6
634 Minutes Played 516
135 Sum Squawka Performance Score 116
23 Average Squawka Performance Rating 19
272 Passes Attempted 182
219 Completed 148
81% Success Rate 81%
4 Chances Created 11
1 Assists 0
3 Attempts on Goal 7
2 On Target 2
1 Goals 0

6 Take Ons Attempted 24
5 Successful Take Ons 14
83% Success Rate 58%
39 Tackles Made 2
20 Successful Tackles 1
51% Success Rate 50%
18 Interceptions 5
6 Clearances 17
1 Blocks 1
4 Defensive Actions Per Game 4
15 Aerial Duels 14
6 Won 2
40% Success Rate 14%

0 Defensive Errors 0
0 Leading to a Goal 0
 Last Meeting 
28 December 2013
1-0 Joe Cole 4'
1-1 Nicolas Anelka 40'
1-2 Nicolas Anelka 45'
2-2 Modibo Maïga 65'
3-2 Kevin Nolan 67'
Saido Berahino 69'

3-5-2 Starting Formation 4-2-3-1

Ben Foster - Jussi Jääskeläinen
Gareth McAuley - Joey O'Brien
Jonas Olsson - James Tomkins (10')
(68') Diego Lugano - George McCartney
Billy Jones - Rǎzvan Raţ
(78') James Morrison - Mark Noble
Youssouf Mulumbu - Mohamed Diamé
Chris Brunt - Joe Cole (83')
Liam Ridgewell - Kevin Nolan
(85') Saido Berahino - Matt Jarvis
Nicolas Anelka - Carlton Cole (45')

Boaz Myhill - Adrián
Craig Dawson - Guy Demel (10')
(78') Claudio Yacob - Leo Chambers
Scott Sinclair - Jack Collison (83')
(68') Morgan Amalfitano - Matthew Taylor
Matej Vydra - Alou Diarra
(85') Stephane Sessegnon - Modibo Maïga (45')

West Bromwich Albion: Liam Ridgewell, Gareth McAuley, Zoltan Gera
West Ham United: Guy Demel, Marco Borriello

West Bromwich Albion: n/a
West Ham United: n/a

  Opposition Last Time Out (League)
vs Manchester City
 Goals Scored: 1
 Goals Conceded: 3
 Starting Formation: 4-2-3-1

  Ben Foster

  Billy Jones  Craig Dawson  Jonas Olsson  Liam Ridgewell

  Youssouf Mulumbu (84')  Chris Brunt 

Morgan Amalfitano  Stephane Sessegnon (76')  Graham Dorrans

  Matej Vydra (60')

Boaz Myhill
  Steven Reid
  Diego Lugano
  Claudio Yacob
  James Morrison (84')
  Victor Anichebe (60')
  Saido Berahino (76')
 Best Player: Graham Dorrans(SR: 46)
 Worst Player: Ben Foster(SR: -39)
 Top 5's (Min 5 Apps) 
 Goals Scored 
Saido Berahino 4 - 7 Kevin Nolan
Stephane Sessegnon 4 - 6 Carlton Cole
Morgan Amalfitano 4 - 4 Mohamed Diamé
Matej Vydra 3 - 3 Joe Cole
Victor Anichebe 3 - 3 Ravel Morrison*

Chris Brunt 5 - 5 Kevin Nolan
Matej Vrydra 3 - 4 Andy Carroll
Victor Anichebe 3 - 4 Mark Noble
James Morrison 3 - 3 Matt Jarvis
Youssouf Mulumbu 2 - 2 Stewart Downing

 Passing Accuracy 
Claudio Yacob 87% - 83% Mark Noble
Stephane Sessegnon 87% - 81% Stewart Downing
Saido Berahino 85% - 80% Kevin Nolan
Youssouf Mulumbu 85% - 79% Joey O'Brien
Scott Sinclair 83% - 79% Joe Cole

 Chances Created per game 
Chris Brunt 1.7 - 1.8 Stewart Downing
Graham Dorrans 1.7 - 1.5 Mark Noble
Morgan Amalfitano 1.6 - 1 Matt Jarvis
Stephane Sessegnon 1.3 - 1 Kevin Nolan
Victor Anichebe 1.2 - 0.9 Andy Carroll

 Successful Dribbles per game 
Stephane Sessegnon 1.8 - 1.9 Mohamed Diamé
Morgan Amalfitano 1.6 - 1.1 Stewart Downing
Thievy 1.2 - 1 Mark Noble
Youssouf Mulumbu 1.2 - 1 Guy Demel
Billy Jones 1.1 - 0.6 Matt Jarvis

 Tackles per game 
Claudio Yacob 4 - 2.8 Mark Noble
James Morrison 2.8 - 2.2 Mohamed Diamé
Graham Dorrans 2.5 - 2 James Collins
Youssouf Mulumbu 2.3 - 1.8 James Tomkins
Billy Jones 2.1 - 1.8 Matthew Taylor

 Aerial Duels Won per game 
Gareth McAuley 4 - 9.2 Andy Carroll
Jonas Olsson 3.4 - 4.3 James Tomkins
Victor Anichebe 2.5 - 3.5 James Collins
Diego Lugano 2.1 - 2.5 Carlton Cole
Craig Dawson 2.1 - 2.2 Winston Reid

Pepe Mel - Sam Allardyce
 Current Club 
15.3% Win % 40.9%
2 Won 54
6 Drawn 32
5 Lost 46
0 League Titles 0
0 Cup Wins 0
09/01/2014 Appointed 01/06/2011
107d Time in Charge 2y 329d
 Managerial Career 
38.7% Win % 39.9%
105 Won 348
71 Drawn 231
95 Lost 293

10 Sides Managed 7
2 League Titles 2
0 Cup Wins 0
Club Deportivo Coslada First Managerial Role Preston North End
01/06/1999 Start Date 30/09/1992
14y 329d Experience 21y 207d

Pepe Mel managerial statistics not available from 2002/3 until start of 2008/9 season

Thursday, 17 April 2014

West Ham United vs Crystal Palace

Saturday 19th April 2014
Boleyn Ground

West Ham United vs Crystal Palace

After contrasting midweek performances and results against Champions League chasing Arsenal and Everton, West Ham entertain Crystal Palace in a match that could finally see the Hammers reach the 40 point mark, or see Palace open up a six point gap over their cross city rivals.

The one and only Palace fan I know happens to be coming to an Easter barbecue at my home on Saturday evening, so we really need to win this one!

Key Player
Crystal Palace come into this game on the back of four straight wins, having pretty much secured their safety with wins at home against Chelsea and Aston Villa, and recording back to back away wins at Cardiff City and Everton.

Throughout their brilliant run, every player has performed admirably. Joel Ward has been mightily impressive filling in at left back, Scott Dann has rolled back the years to his Birmingham City form of a few years ago, Mile Jedinak has been a dependable rock in midfield, while Marouane Chamakh and Cameron Jerome are striking up a very effective partnership up top.

But the areas that Palace are very strong is on the flanks. You can tell they have strong, in form wingers when Tom Ince is sat on the bench. In those four games, Yannick Bolasie has bagged himself two assists, created a further three chances for team mates, and attempted a massive 27 take ons - completing 11 of those.

But the real star of their recent form has been right midfielder Jason Puncheon.

The former Blackpool and Southampton winger has always been a capable, but erratic and inconsistent attacking force when cutting in from the right. In recent weeks though, he has been devastating.

In the run of four wins, Puncheon has created 8 chances for team mates (one assist), has a pass completion of 80%, has won 7 of 15 attempted tackles, completed 10 of 21 take ons, and has a shot accuracy of 67%.

But what Puncheon has added during this run, is goals. Of his seven Premier League goals this season, four have come in the past three games. The image below shows the Englishman's goals this season - all of which have come on his favoured left foot.

How do you stop them?
As I said above, the key to Palace's recent success has been the pace and direct running of their wide men and fullbacks.

The last time Palace failed to score (and win) was away at Newcastle United a month ago.

As you can see in the image below, is that Newcastle forced the play inside. By congesting the middle of the park and outnumbering the Palace central midfielders, Newcastle forced Puncheon (#13) and Bolasie (#28) into very narrow positions to support their midfield. This meant both wingers struggled to get into dangerous, wide positions up against fullbacks.

This approach is likely to be the most effective way of stopping Palace from doing what they are best at - particularly now that Marouane Chamakh has again taken up the role of the number 10 behind Cameron Jerome.

While the Moroccan was injured, Joe Ledley played in the position. As a central midfielder, Ledley played far deeper than Chamakh does in the role, forming a midfield trio with Jedinak and Kagisho Dikgacoi.

When Chamakh plays in the role, he stays further forward, creating more of a 4-4-2 formation than a 4-2-3-1. This means, by congesting the middle of the park, West Ham should be able to dominate the midfield pairing of Ledley and Jedinak (Dikgacoi is likely to miss out again through injury), forcing Puncheon and Bolasie to move into narrow positions to support their teammates in a way that Chamakh is not adept at.

If you compare what Newcastle did to the performance of Everton on Wednesday night, you can see the dangers of letting Palace spread their play.

What you can see below, is that Everton left huge amounts of space in the middle of the park, with only Ross Barkley (#20) playing in the centre of midfield. Gareth Barry (#18) dropped off deep between the centre backs, who split wide to cover Leighton Baines (#3) and Seamus Coleman (#23) who pushed forward. Kevin Mirallas (#11), Aiden McGeady (#7) and Gerard Deulofeu (#10) were the three attacking midfielders for Everton, but formed more of a front four with Romelu Lukaku (#17).

Although this meant that the Palace wingers (particularly Puncheon #13) were forced to defend (look at Puncheon's deep position in front of the fullback) it meant they were also able to stay out wide and exploit space, where they are most dangerous.

As a result, Puncheon scored, grabbed an assist and completed four out of five take ons, whilst Bolasie got an assist, hit the woodwork and completed five out of nine attempted take ons.

Under Ian Holloway at the start of the season, Palace's weaknesses were obvious for all to see, conceding 17 goals in their first 8 matches. However, in Pulis' 22 league games in charge, the Eagles have conceded just 20 goals. Gone are the defensive errors and amateur positioning, and in is the Pulis approach of defending in numbers, and defending well.

Where Palace are weakest, is sticking the ball in the net. Despite their recent winning run, Palace are still the leagues second lowest scorers tihis season, with their tally of 27 only beating Norwich City's 26.

And aside from Puncheon's recent fine form in front of goal, no one player has been a consistent goal scoring threat, particularly from their attackers.

Former West Ham loanee Marouane Chamakh, and his striker partner Cameron Jerome have mustered just 7 goals in a combined 55 appearances this season, with three of those coming in Chamakh's purple patch in December.

The image below shows Chamakh's attempts on goal. What is most striking, is that the striker has attempted just 17 shots on goal in 29 appearances. That means that Chamakh has only attempted one shot every 122 minutes this season for Palace.

Jerome, on the other hand, has attempted more shots than Chamakh, 39 in his 26 appearances, or one every 42 minutes. However, Jerome is far more wayward with his finishing (7 shots blocked, 16 off target).

And this season, the target man has a conversion rate of just 5%, his worst in the past five seasons (average of 10% since 2009), and has managed just 12 goals since the start of the 2010/11 season.

If West Ham are to hop Palace in the table and put a stop to their unbeaten run, we will need to do one key thing: dominate the midfield.

By losing the midfield battle, Palace are unable to involve their wide men in the areas they are most dangerous. As a result, they struggle to create chances, and those they do create fall to their rather impotent strike force, rather than their dangerous midfield.

A midfield trio of Mohamed Diamé, Antonio Nocerino and Mark Noble should be more than capable of upsetting Palace in the middle of the park on Saturday.

Win the battle, win the game. And make my barbecue a lot more enjoyable.

 Head to Head 
42% Head to Head Win % 28%
30 Won 20
22 Drawn 22
20 Lost 30
129 Goals Scored 92
92 Goals Conceded 129

 Recent Form 
L L W W L L Last 6 D L W W W W
7 Goals Scored 8
12 Goals Conceded 3
W W W L W L Home/Away Form L D D L W W
10 Goals Scored 7
6 Goals Conceded 6
 Form Player (excl. GK) 
 (Last 6 League) 
Andy Carroll - Jason Puncheon
6 Appearances 6
527 Minutes Played 449
135 Sum Squawka Performance Score 281
23 Average Squawka Performance Rating 47
193 Passes Attempted 156
120 Completed 125
62% Success Rate 80%
5 Chances Created 11
1 Assists 1
15 Attempts on Goal 17
5 On Target 11
2 Goals 4

6 Take Ons Attempted 26
2 Successful Take Ons 13
33% Success Rate 50%
12 Tackles Made 19
5 Successful Tackles 11
42% Success Rate 58%
1 Interceptions 12
8 Clearances 8
1 Blocks 0
2 Defensive Actions Per Game 3
109 Aerial Duels 4
64 Won 1
59% Success Rate 25%

0 Defensive Errors 0
0 Leading to a Goal 0
 Last Meeting 
03 December 2013
1-0 Marouane Chamakh 42'

4-2-3-1 Starting Formation 4-4-2

Jussi Jääskeläinen - Julian Speroni
Joey O'Brien - Joel Ward
James Collins - Danny Gabbidon
James Tomkins - Damien Delaney
(78') Rǎzvan Raţ - Dean Moxey
Mark Noble - Jason Puncheon (66')
Ravel Morrison - Mile Jedinak
Stewart Downing - Kagisho Dikgacoi
(58') Kevin Nolan - Barry Bannan (82')
Mohamed Diamé - Marouane Chamakh (85')
(58') Carlton Cole - Cameron Jerome

Adrián - Lewis Price
(78') George McCartney - Adrian Mariappa
Guy Demel - Stuart O'Keefe (82')
Matt Jarvis - Jon Williams (85')
Jack Collison - Jimmy Kébé (66')
(58') Joe Cole - Kevin Phillips
(58') Modibo Maïga - Dwight Gayle

West Ham United: Joey O'Brien, James Collins, Kevin Nolan, Marco Borriello
Crystal Palace: Kagisho Dikgacoi, Yannick Bolasie

West Ham United: n/a
Crystal Palace: n/a

  Opposition Last Time Out (League)
vs Everton
 Goals Scored: 3
 Goals Conceded: 2
 Starting Formation: 4-4-2

  Julian Speroni

  Adrian Mariappa (68')  Scott Dann  Damien Delaney  Joel Ward

 Jason Puncheon  Mile Jedinak  Joe Ledley  Yannick Bolasie

Marouane Chamakh (80')  Cameron Jerome (76')

Wayne Hennessey
  Jonathan Parr (68')
  Paddy McCarthy
Tom Ince
Stuart O'Keefe (76')
Dwight Gayle
Glenn Murray (80')
 Best Player: Scott Dann (SR: 42)
 Worst Player: Adrian Mariappa (SR: -23)
 Top 5's (Min 5 Apps) 
 Goals Scored 
Kevin Nolan 7 - 7 Jason Puncheon
Carlton Cole 6 - 5 Marouane Chamakh
Mohamed Diamé 4 - 3 Dwight Gayle
Joe Cole 3 - 2 Joe Ledley
Ravel Morrison* 3 - 2 Cameron Jerome

Kevin Nolan 5 - 3 Yannick Bolasie
Andy Carroll 4 - 2 Jason Puncheon
Mark Noble 4 - 2 Marouane Chamakh
Matt Jarvis 3 - 1 Tom Ince
Stewart Downing 2 - 1 Joe Ledley

 Passing Accuracy 
Mark Noble 83% - 88% Stuart O'Keefe
Stewart Downing 80% - 84% Jerome Thomas
Kevin Nolan 79% - 80% Joe Ledley
Joe Cole 79% - 78% Jason Puncheon
Joey O'Brien 79% - 77% Kagisho Dikgacoi

 Chances Created per game 
Stewart Downing 1.8 - 1.6 Jason Puncheon
Mark Noble 1.5 - 1.5 Barry Bannan
Matt Jarvis 1 - 1.2 Tom Ince
Kevin Nolan 0.9 - 1.1 Jerome Thomas
Andy Carroll 0.9 - 1 Marouane Chamakh

 Successful Dribbles per game 
Mohamed Diamé 1.9 - 2.2 Yannick Bolasie
Mark Noble 1.1 - 1.7 Jason Puncheon
Stewart Downing 1.1 - 0.9 Joel Ward
Guy Demel 1 - 0.8 Marouane Chamakh
Matt Jarvis 0.6 - 0.7 Jerome Thomas

 Tackles per game 
Mark Noble 2.9 - 3.5 Mile Jedinak
Mohamed Diamé 2.2 - 3.3 Joel Ward
Matthew Taylor 2 - 2.7 Joe Ledley
James Collins 1.8 - 2.6 Dean Moxey
Kevin Nolan 1.8 - 2.1 Jason Puncheon

 Aerial Duels Won per game 
Andy Carroll 8.8 - 5 Maroune Chamakh
James Tomkins 5.1 - 4.4 Mile Jedinak
James Collins 3.5 - 2.9 Damien Delaney
Carlton Cole 2.5 - 2.9 Danny Gabbidon
Winston Reid 2.2 - 2.7 Cameron Jerome

Sam Allardyce - Tony Pulis
 Current Club 
41.2% Win % 45.8%
54 Won 11
32 Drawn 3
45 Lost 10
0 League Titles 0
0 Cup Wins 0
01/06/2011 Appointed 23/11/2013
2y 322d Time in Charge 147d
 Managerial Career 
39.9% Win % 36.8%
348 Won 338
231 Drawn 272
292 Lost 308

7 Sides Managed 8
2 League Titles 0
0 Cup Wins 0
Preston North End First Managerial Role AFC Bournemouth
30/09/1992 Start Date 09/06/1992
21y 200d Experience 21y 313d