Sunday, 14 October 2012

Irons in international action

With no game for West Ham this weekend owing to the international break, there was nothing for us Irons to do but sit back with a cold beer, watch the action unfold and hope to Christ that none of our players got injured. With no fewer than six players involved, there was plenty of propsensity for the archetypal indirect West Ham disaster but fortunately, all the lads are heading back to E6 in one piece.

ANDY CARROLL continued his comeback from injury as he came on as a second-half sub in England's boringly comfortable 5-0 victory over San Marino; MOBIDA MAIGA helped Mali secure a place at the African Cup of Nations finals with the second goal in their 4-1 victory over Botswana; Hammers teammates GUY DEMEL and MOMO DIAME stood on opposite sides of the park as the Ivory Coast took on Senegal (the Ivorians led 2-0 until the game was abandoned in the 73rd minute because of crowd disturbances); whilst youngster KIERAN SADLIER started the Republic of Ireland Under-19 side's 5-2 win over Luxembourg and reserve goalkeeper RAPHAEL SPIEGEL was an unused substitute for the Switzerland Under-20 side's 2-2 draw with Poland.

All in all, a pretty unremarkable weekend's work for the off-duty Irons, and they head back to Chadwell Heath ahead of next weekend's match against Southampton in good spirits.

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