West Ham fans will always be hard to please. I am no exception. We as West Ham fans have and always will expect more from our club. For years we’ve seen our ‘Acadamy of football’ conveyor belt passing world class talent through Upton Park into the World of football. We’ve attracted special players to our club because of who we are, the football we play and the players we produce. Many West Ham fans will tell you we won the World Cup, a constant reminder stands at the beginning of Greenstreet in the form of a 4-tonne bronze statue of Moore, Hurst and Peters.
Moore - Hurst - Peters - and Wilson
The point is we are proud. We as supporters have made an emotional investment in this football club. It hurts when we are losing – to the point of ruining a weekend.
Today we find ourselves in the bottom three of the Premiership. I agree it hasn’t been the best of starts, but our league position is false. Fans have to look at what we have been up against in our opening games. Some will argue that “if we aren’t expecting to beat the good sides we play why are we even trying to compete in the Premier division”, but when you re-examine the league games we’ve played the facts are as follows :-
Wolves (a) 0-2 Win
Two nill away win against the newly promoted winners of the championship. Tricky first game of the campaign in front of there ‘still celebrating’ crowd.
Spurs (h) 1-2 Defeat
One – two loss to our big rivals. Disappointing but we played well, creating many chances and taking the lead in spectacular fashion before two serious lacks of concentration gifted Spurs the points.
Tottenham are currently fourth in the league after beating burley 5-0 yesterday.
Blackburn (a) 0-0 Draw
A very poor game and performance. We held the ball well but never looked like scoring or conceding. Would have expected to pick up three points.
Wigan (a) 0-1 Defeat
This game could have gone either way – maybe we should have had a goal with Carlton Cole’s disallowed effort just before halftime but thats football.
Yesterday Wigan beat the league leaders Chelsea 3 – 1 !!
Liverpool (h) 2-3 Defeat
A classic game in which we took on last years Premier league runners up on style. Could have and should have led the game inside the first two minutes. Never gave up and always looked a threat.
Yesterday Liverpool beat Hull City 6 – 1 !
We have two games in hand – the first of which is against Manchester City on Monday night. Bookies will tell you we won’t win. In fact the current odds average is ‘seven to one’ that we will take three points from Eastlands (maybe worth a tenner?). So it is likely we will lose away to the rich boys. This will fuel the relegation fears in fans and surely provoke the first cries of Zola out – which would be ridiculous.
What we currently have in the making is what we have always wished for. The current crop of young players Tony Carr has produced seem really special. Players such as James Tomkins and Jack Collinson are showing levels of football maturity rarely seen at such a young age. Not to mention the excitement provoked by the recent performances of Zavon Hines and Junior Stanislas.
This sort of youth product isn’t seen at many clubs in the country and if we can just start holding on to them we really are a good team in the making. Zola is perfect for this – This is why he has been brought to the club. Keep the faith.
Penny for your thoughts Talking Hammers ?