West Ham United v Manchester City 2007/08

West ham away 2007 to 08 prog


Premier League

11th August 2007

attendance 34,921

scorers Bianchi(18), Geovanni(87)

City Schmeichel, Corluka, Richards, Dunne, Garrido, Ireland, Hamann, Elano, Johnson, Petrov, Bianchi – subs used Bojinov, Onuoha, Geovanni – subs unused Hart, Gelson
WHU Green, Spector, Ferdinand Upson, McCartney, Ljundberg, Noble, Bowyer, Boa Morte, Bellamy, Zamora – subs used Etherington, Mullins Ashton – subs unused Wright, Gabbidon

A packed Upton Park saw Sven’s team put on a display which bodes well for the rest of the season. Kasper Schmeichel was rushed into his senior team debut with Isaksson out for 6 weeks and Harte on the bench still recovering from a broken finger.Elano, Corluka, Garrido, Petrov and Bianchi  were the other 5 players making their City Premiership debuts.

West ham away 2007 to 08 bianchi goal

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Fears that the team would struggle to gel were quashed as City controlled the first 20 minutes or so Culminating in a goal by Bianchi, a 3 foot poachers strike after a great run and low cross by the impressive Elano in the 18th minute. City looked comfortable for the rest of the half with Schmeichel rarely tested by West Ham.

West ham away 2007 to 08 elano

City were put under a lot more pressure in the second half, however Micah Richards  and Richard Dunne were stalwarts in defence meaning that again Kasper was rarely called upon to make a save The game was wrapped up by City  when  Unuoha made a Brazilian like run taking on over half the West Ham  team before passing to Brazilian Geovanni who crashed his shot in from 12 yards. With a minute to go only a fantastic save by Green could stop Geovanni from adding a second.


MEN_logoSMILING Sven-Goran Eriksson labelled his critics “stupid” after he masterminded a 2-0 Manchester City win at West Ham. Eriksson had admitted that he had not seen some of the eight players he signed in the summer in a £40million spree funded by controversial new City owner, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, play many live games.But two of them, £8.8million Italian striker Rolando Bianchi and free transfer Brazilian Geovanni, scored the goals which demolished dismal Hammers – and left the Upton Park fans applauding Eriksson.

West ham away 2007 to 08 bianchi goal celeb

Eriksson said: “It can only be stupid people who say I would sign players I did not know anything about. “Okay, I haven’t seen all of them play nine or 10 times but I have big scouting staff at the club and I have as many videos as I need to watch. I’ve always signed good football players. And with these ones, some are young and for the future and some, like (Martin) Petrov and Elano, are more experienced.”


It was Elano, another Brazilian who cost £8million from Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk, who starred in City’s stylish performance as their new-look team – with eight debut-makers – repeated the win they had at West Ham last December and doubled the scoreline. He made a storming run and cross for Bianchi’s 18th-minute opener and often ran West Ham ragged in his support striker role. But he had been substituted when compatriot Geovanni clinched the three points with a rifling strike three minutes from time. Eriksson, brushing off questions about whether he enjoyed club football more than his ill-fated England reign, declared: “England is history for me today. I don’t think I had a player like Elano with England. “We are playing a different way with Manchester City. It is a big club and the aim is to make it much better. The owner has not asked me to win the Premier League – not this season anyway – or get into Europe, but we will see where we are when the squad is fully ready.”.

West ham away 2007 to 08 geovanni goal

Eriksson added: “I don’t think I have anything to prove in English football, although at the start of a season everybody must prove they are the right man in the right place. I am delighted, of course, with the way we have started. I enjoy the club job more between matches than I did with England between matches. I enjoy being on the training field and in the dressing room. “But Jose Mourinho can still have all the headlines as far as I’m concerned. My job is to improve the club. We may sign one or two more players before the end of August I hope. We have two goalkeepers, 20 and 21, and another one (Andreas Isaksson) injured with a broken finger. We may have to look at that situation.” Eriksson called up Kasper Schmeichel, son of Danish legend Peter Schmeichel, to face the Hammers but the youngster was barely tested on his Premier League debut MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS ONLINE 11TH AUGUST 2007

West ham away 2007 to 08 garrido

… The new signings’ impact was instant. In the openig match of the season at West Ham, Elano produced a glorious pass to set up Rolando Bianchi, while Geovanni scored tanks to what I’d say was an even better assist.
Charlie Corluka started the game but had only been with the club just over a week, so on a hot at Upton Park he was tiring with about half an hour to go. I came on to replace him at right back.

West ham away 2007 to 08 bianchi

With three minutes left, Michael Johnson played me the ball. I was already inside the West Ham half and took it on the turn. I’d been on runs before, but you never remember the ones that don’t produce anything. This one is clear as day in my mind. I left one player for dead as he attemped a sliding tackle, then I powered away from two more. I always felt comfortable if someone was on my back shoulder or even slightly behind, as I was quite good at holding them off. I kept going but was running out of space on two sides: the byline was in front of me, as was a third West Ham defender to the left. Then in a flash I stopped to let one past me, nutmegged the second and in a typical fashion for me passed to Geovanni with a toe poke slide tackle ust before the third arrived. He took a touch and drilled it into the far corner.

West ham away 2007 to 08 petrov

Nedum Onuoha: quick, strong and skilful. It was 2-0, and I was knackered… And I wasn’t the only one. Following the celebrations, I got back to my position and Craig Bellamy wandered over. He was playing on the left wing for West Ham and had watched me go on my excursion.
“Right. If you don’t run at me for the rest of the game, I won’t run at you.”
I laughed nervously. Bellamy was a very fast player. There was merit to his suggestion, even with just a couple of minutes remaining.
“You and me. We don’t run at each other. Deal?”
I never replied, but he never ran at me. Every time he got the ball, he’d just immediately pass it inside. So I figured that meant I couldn’t run at him. Little did he know, despite only playing half an hour I had no intention of doing anything particularly energetic. I was spent and wanted to stay back. If he had taken me on , I would have been diving in for fun because I had nothing left. He could have run rings round me. This is weird, I thought. But I’m going to run with it. Or not, as it happened. We shook hands at the end of the game as if there had been no pact.
“Thanks, man. All the best.” And that was it.

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