It was surprising for West Ham supporters to have something on the pitch more diverting than the snow-fall but for once supporters of the East End club had reason to cheer. After the weekend’s victory in a relegation 12 pointer with Wigan, the London club reached the Carling Cup semi-final with a 4-0 destruction of Man Utd.
The game was characterised almost as much by Sir Alex Ferguson’s likeness to a gnome as it was the dismal defending by his United side. It also seemed that as the evening went on, and the snow got heavier, the home side’s confidence grew and Manchester United old-boy Jonathan Spector managed to get two goals – this was despite the fact that being American he kept trying to throw the ball every time he received it. Wrong sport J-Spec!
Far-from talismanic striker Carlton Cole scored the other two goals of an otherwise barren season as the entire East End sang manager Avram Grant’s name. Rumours are already flying round that West Ham chairman David Sullivan is ordering one of the snow machines used in the film Dirty Santa – complete with the stains to prove it (sorry to nauseate you all).
Arsenal overcame a wretched Wigan side 2-0 in the night’s other game as Roberto Martinez’s job looks increasingly precarious – he didn’t even entertain us with a comedy gnome impression either. Turning up in a pair of board shorts with a beach towel wasn’t really a masterstroke from the Spanish tactician.