Saturday, September 20, 2008
Italian Reign at West Ham United
Italian Gianfranco Zola's first match as West Ham's Manager got off to a perfect start with a strong 3-1 win at Upton Park against Newcastle's Toon Army. New signing and fellow Italian making his first appearance at home for West Ham, and sporting a Hitler mustasche(???), David Di Michelle, scored the match's first 2 goals. The second a wonderful goal after Newcastle's goalkeeper made an incredible save with his head as Michelle tried to punch the ball over the goalkeeper on a break away. Di Michelle beat the defense to the rebound and with a shot fake he got the ball around the defender easily and put the ball in the back of the net. Di Michelle had a chance for a third but crossed the ball to a wide open Matthew Etherington who was following the play on the far post. Etherington easily beat the goaltender and put the game away for the Hammers as Manager Zola and fellow former Chelsea man, Assistant coach Steve Clarke, celebrated on the sideline earning their first win at the helm of West Ham United.