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Q: 2014/15 Manchester City (h)
a. Three on the trot beckons, Win
b. Tough opposition, tough game but we might nick a point, Draw
c. Sergio Aguero will tear us a new one, Lose
d Oasis are shite and don't get me started on that diving cheat Franny Lee
e. I'll be walking the dog early, watching this on SKY and then carrying the wife's bags like a lap dog whilst out shopping, perfect day really, West Ham till I die me

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View From The Opposition - Stoke City
Vinny 30 Oct 2014

View From The Opposition - Stoke City

You always go into games hoping the side you support can perform well and put in a five-star performance but even the most optimistic Hammers fans could not have hoped for such a display as we put in against Manchester City

The performance was as good as any I have seen from a West Ham side in recent years and the applause the team were given just at the half-time break made me realise I was not alone in this opinion.

West Ham had everything. Strength, determination, and quality in front of goal. The two goals scored were not that of luck, but of accurate passing and great positioning.

Next for West Ham a visit to Stoke City, which is never an easy trip. The away form this season has been very encouraging but this will be no walk in the park. There are no easy games in the Premiership and the levels of intensity will need to be just as high as they were against Manchester City.

What West Ham have this season is goals. We can talk about football and tactics until we are blue in the face but ultimately the teams who do well score goals and the teams who do badly do not.

Those negative emotions that clouded West Ham during last season have all but disappeared and everyone from the manager, the owners and the fans are moving forward to ensure the club reach the heights we are so desperate for.

For the first time this season I have found it extremely difficult to find a supporter who would take part in "View from the opposition" and this week we have just the one fan for Stoke.

Many thanks to Peter Morris for agreeing to help out.

Do you think the club outgrew Tony Pulis after he'd achieved so much for you, and were the club/fans a little ungrateful to him when he left? Was he a victim of his own success, and would you ever have him back?

I think the club grew with Tony Pulis initially with promotion to the Premier League, before becoming an established Premier League club and reaching the last 32 of the Europa Cup after an FA Cup Final appearance. All Stoke fans will be eternally grateful to Pulis for getting us to the Premier League something I never thought I would see in my lifetime. He left after a very poor end to a season both results wise and also some very poor performances which were difficult to watch. He has since admitted that he took his eye off the ball for personal reasons, There are a minority of Stoke fans who would have him back tomorrow but I think two spells with the club are enough. 

Most people think of Stoke as a boring mid table team - what would you say is needed to push on to the next level?

I don't think there is a boring mid table in the Premier League. Having witnessed League One and Championship football I think a reality check is sometimes required. Top Ten is as good as it gets for some clubs. In this day and age it takes luck with signings and a great deal of cash to move on to the next level.

Watching Stoke under Pulis and Hughes, what do you think Sir Stanley Matthews would make of it?

Stanley Matthews would have enjoyed playing under both Pulis and Hughes as both like to play with wingers. Hughes it has to be said with more attacking wingers.

What do you miss about the Victoria Ground, 17 years on and has it proved to be a good decision to move?

The Victoria Ground was a great ground with a wonderful atmosphere and I was sad to leave. The Britannia Stadium is also a superb Stadium, obviously more modern but still has a superb atmosphere and to be honest I would not wish to go back to the Victoria Ground.

Why do your fans boo Aaron Ramsay for being the victim of a violent assault?

Stoke fans continue to boo Aaron Ramsey for his failure to accept an apology from Ryan Shawcross over the tackle which broke his leg but was not intentional. Myself and many Stoke fans would also argue that it was not a violent assault but a 50/50 challenge.

How would Messi cope on a wet Wednesday night at your place?

I`m sure Messi would cope very well on a wet Wednesday night in Stoke. After all he is a class act.

What player, in recent memory has exceeded all expectations at Stoke.

I think Abdoulaye Faye exceeded expectations at Stoke and played a large part in our Premier League survival in our first season after promotion, He was phenomenal.

4th place finish or win the FA Cup?

It would have to be a 4th place finish, Champions League football at the Britannia really would be a dream come true.

Which West Ham player would you have in the Stoke side?

Sakho a goalscorer, enough said.

Your favourite crisp

Smokey Bacon


: 2-1 to Stoke

Thanks again to Peter for his answers.

Next up is Aston Villa. If you know a Villa fan you'd like to put forward then get in contact.

Email: vinnywhufc@hotmail.com

Twitter: @vinnywhufc

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