Hammers strike lifted Vaka’uta

The English Premier League this season is the most open for years, witnessed by West Ham United’s surprising 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. 

Manchester United losing at home to West Bromwich Albion a fortnight ago was also indicative of how the season is going. 

There are not many Hammers fans in the Cayman Islands, but their roar of delight must have reached across the Atlantic to White Hart Lane when Ravel Morrison ran from the halfway line, cruised past all challenges and deftly chipped in for their third.  

Winston Reid’s close-range effort on 65 minutes gave the Hammers their first away goal of the campaign.  

A ricochet off Ricardo Vaz Te added the second before Morrison’s wonderful strike. 

It was a fitting finale to a marvelous afternoon for the West Ham faithful who have been frustrated for years by the stylish but underachieving east London side.  

Koro Vaka’uta is a long-suffering West Ham fan. The former Radio Cayman presenter said, “That was a huge win for them against Spurs who did not have an off day and enjoyed about 60 per cent of possession.  

“We were near the relegation soon, but with that win, we’ve jumped from 18th to 13th. We hadn’t scored much all season so to get three away goals was brilliant. Just amazing.” 

So worried was Vaka’uta that they were in for a drubbing that he dared not go to a sports bar to watch, preferring instead to watch in the safety of solitude at home. 

West Ham’s next Premiership game is at home against Manchester City on Oct. 19 after this weekend’s World Cup qualifiers. A tough one, but on the back of the Spurs result, Vaka’uta is more positive.  

“After the Spurs result, I hope we can keep the momentum going. Our manager Sam Allardyce is always trying to find ways to improve.  

“We can also look forward to Burnley away in the League Cup on Oct. 29.”  

Relegation a few years ago was disappointing for the celebrated club that can still boast that their late captain, Bobby Moore, was the only Englishman to hoist the World Cup trophy.  

Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters were the England scorers in that epic 4-2 win against West Germany in 1966. They were also West Ham players at the time.  

Vaka’tua added, “The Premiership is certainly very open at the moment. Not being a hater, I don’t think Arsenal and Liverpool can maintain their early season form and win it.” 

He dismisses Manchester United’s and Chelsea’s chances, feeling they are in transition with new managers feeling their way.  

“City have got the nous and proven quality to win it.”  


Koro Vaka’uta