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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

"It was one of the best goals I've seen this millenium."

What a pleasure it was to watch West Ham v Fulham. TDH was drawn away from Nigeria v Ghana by the prospect of seeing two of the Premiership's American footballers in action for the visitors. But the real attraction was the style of play: crisp and exciting, with plenty of quickness, enterprise and tactical intelligence shown by two teams of modest talent.

TDH was a little disappointed that Bocanegra had some muppet-like moments; contrary to initial supposition, his missed clearance wasn't really responsible for West Ham's first goal. But McBride managed to grab an assist before he made way for Collins John.

Those items faded into the background, though, in the shining light of the Whammers' two first-half strikes. TDH hadn't witnessed two such flashes of brilliance in the same match since that Blackburn tie early in the season where Pedersen and Tugay hit a pair of the sweetest volleys you'll ever see. Anton did big brother one better with the first, lashing a half volley above Niemi's reach after a full turn. And then Benayoun did a Ronaldinho, chipping the hapless Finn from just the edge of the box.

In other notes, Yaniv Katan, the Whammers' other Israeli signing, showed some pretty classy moves in the waning minutes of the match. Clearly sent on to waste clock, he did it with flair. Muslim East London cheering on Jewish Israeli players? Perhaps world peace isn't so far away....


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