West Ham 1-3 Wolves: Wanderers Hammer Zola
Despite what the headline in Tuesday night’s Daily Telegraph says (see above picture), the scoreline in the West Ham United against Wolverhampton Wanderers was 3-1 to Wolves, not 3-0. But it may as well been 3-0 such was the way that Wolves annihilated Gianfranco Zola’s West Ham United with three clinical goals that were top class.
All three Wolves goals were carbon copies of each other and all three were scored by different marksmen. The first was a wonderful finish by Kevin Doyle who took advantage of a dreadful back pass by West Ham defender James Tomkins to slot the ball low and hard into the corner of the net. Fernando Torres would have been proud of a goal like that.
The second goal for Wolves was again the result of poor defending by West Ham United when an errant pass was picked up by Wanderers and this time it was Ronald Zubar who slotted the ball into the far corner to make it two nil to the Midlands club.
The third goal was again a wonderful piece of skill. This time it was Matt Jarvis’s turn who got past some West Ham United defenders and kicked the ball low and hard past the reach of Robert Green.
All three goals were so superb that if they had been scored by Manchester United, you would have seen the goals over and over again as evidence of how skillful the side is.
In injury time, Guillermo Franco pulled one back for West Ham United with a cheeky lob over Marcus Hahnemann but the damage had already been done and there was no way back for the Hammers.
It’s one thing to lose at home, but it’s another thing to lose by such a large margin against a team nestled at the same end of the Premier League table. Not to take anything away from Wolves, because they were superb, but West Ham United will get relegated if they keep on defending like that.
Based on Tuesday night’s performance, Zola’s days at the Boleyn Ground are numbered unless he’s committed to turning around this team and getting them to play as more of a unit. Too many times on Tuesday night, the Hammers completely lost their shape and there were massive gaps open for Wolves to plough right through.
As for Wolves, this is a team that has enjoyed three brilliant back-to-back performances in a row with wins over Burnley and West Ham United as well as a point against Aston Villa in a game that Wolves could have won. Overall this season, Wolves has been an incredibly frustrating team to watch because any time they created a chance in front of goal they would scuff the opportunity and never seem to elevate their performance. Finally tonight they showed what they’re made of and are now on a bounce at the perfect time of the season to help keep them in the Premier League. Can they stay up? Based on performances like tonight, let’s hope so.