What the papers say: West Ham's much needed win and Millwall's away day blues

By Rob Virtue on January 13, 2014 10:17 AM |


The spotlight was on the managers this weekend.

And while West Ham boss Sam Allardyce defied the critics for a win at Cardiff after a hellish week, Millwall supremo Ian Holloway was given a stark reminder his new side were in a relegation scrap.


Following West Ham's 2-0 win in Wales on Saturday, joint chairman David Gold again gave his backing to under-fire boss Allardyce.

But while last week the words may have sounded hollow after big defeats to Nottingham Forest and Manchester City, there was much more credence to his statement that Big Sam was his man.

"Listen, you can never say never about anything but what I would say to you is that our judgement is that Sam is the man that we brought in," Gold told the Mirror. "He has done everything we have asked of him."

And the chairman added Allardyce would keep his place until at least the summer.


Carlton Cole and Mark Noble's goals gave the Hammers a much-needed victory over Cardiff.

The Daily Mail went into the tunnel to show what it meant to the players and to end accusations of a lack of team spirit.

Meanwhile, Guy Demel's injury and James Tomkins red card means West Ham's defensive crisis is turning into a catastrophe.

According to the Telegraph the club are sounding out Manchester City regarding their England centre-back Joleon Lescott.


Over the river at Millwall and Holloway would love a West Ham style win.

He told the Guardian he understands the enormity of the task of keeping the Lions up.

"It's a job that brings to mind the Battle of Agincourt, I don't know if we have enough horses and archers, but we'll still give it a damn good go," he said.

Nahki Wells last-minute winner gave Huddersfield the 1-0 win leaving Millwall just a point above the drop-zone.

But with three home matches in a row in the league coming up, there's positivity in the camp.

Danny Shittu told the Express: "Even after the game, Ollie was cracking jokes in the dressing room and lifted the mood rather than us dwelling on the defeat.

"We were all gutted but the manager said there were so many positives to take away from it."

Meanwhile, Charlton's match with Barnsley was called off due to a waterlogged pitch following a problem with the drainage system at The Valley.

It's a cause for concern for Addicks fans as it's the fourth home match this season to be hit by weather.

The club are due to have a pitch inspection at 1.30pm on Monday to see if their rearranged FA Cup clash with Oxford can go ahead on Tuesday night.

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