Two games in three days against newly-promoted teams and all West Ham have to show for it is two points, I think it’s time to face facts and start contemplating relegation.
Some may say that this is premature talk but nine points from 13 games is not a return that can be construed as anything else.
If replicated across the whole of a season that will give us a return of a measly 27 points and you don’t get to stay in the Premier League with a tally like that.
We are now five points behind the 17th placed team, Wigan, who we play in two weeks time after the daunting trip to Anfield to play Liverpool, some may say that if we win our next two games then we could be out of the bottom three but, as it is pointed out every year when we go to Liverpool, we have not won at Anfield since 1963 so the best that could be realistically hoped for is a point.
After the Wigan game we have a run of three games, Sunderland away, Man City at home and Blackburn away, where the best I can see us getting is a couple of draws. The problem is that the way the team is playing with such a lack of confidence I just can't see where our next league win is coming from.
The next win on the other hand could come in two weeks time in the League Cup against Man United at Upton Park as the pressure is off the players so much as to secure a win and with United not pulling up trees at the moment I do feel that the Hammers could pull off a shock victory and perhaps make it to the semi finals of the League Cup for the first time since 1990.
On the pitch, the players just need to think about their passing and final ball as we do sometimes play neat passing football yet when we get around the penalty area the nerves seem to kick in and we lose composure in front of goal.
We had enough chances to defeat Blackpool on Saturday yet failed to hit the back of the net either from taking one too many touches when the shot was on or mainly by shooting when there seemed to be half the Blackpool team between them and the goal.
There has been talk of maybe a couple of extra coaches being hired to help out the management but this should only be done if it is what Avram Grant wants and not what the owners want, the last thing we need is for the chairmen to start meddling with their manager's affairs. If they don’t trust his judgement anymore then they should do the decent thing and get rid of him.
But if they keep saying he’s our man then leave him to get on with it without any interference or comments from the two of them.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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