It's just West Ham's luck that when they finally manage to win a game that the clubs around them, apart from Wigan who we beat, manage to pick up points.
But the important thing is the victory and the three points because, without them, it would have left them cut adrift at the bottom. And, with difficult games coming up in the run up to Christmas, the last place any team wants to be is bottom of the table by the time Father Christmas is dishing out the presents as it is well known that the team bottom of the table then is nearly always one of the three that will lose their Premier League status in May.
Though the game was billed by the club as ‘Save Our Season’, it's still too early for the panic buttons to be pressed but also beating Wigan at home - no disrespect to Wigan - does not mean all is well at the Boleyn Ground.
Avram Grant seemed unimpressed with the game being tagged as ‘Save Our Season’ and then Carlton Cole came out and complained that it's hard work being a striker for the Hammers due to the lack of service/supply that they seem to receive and, while Cole’s comments looked to question his managers tactics, I couldn’t really disagree with what he said.
The supply into the box has been poor this season and, unfortunately for him, his frustration has got the better of him and it seems his comments saw him dropped to the bench and possibly on his way out of the club in January.
Hopefully this victory takes the heat off Grant a bit as some of the things I have seen across the internet have left a bad taste in my mouth and some have if I am honest have made me ashamed as a West Ham fan.
There can be nothing worse than 30,000 fans thinking that you are not up to the job in managing the club, and at times I have questioned his tactics, but I still believe that he can pull us out of the bottom. I realise that I am in the minority in thinking that but only time will tell if I am right or the 30,000 other Hammers fans are right.
Thankfully Tuesday night's game at home to Manchester United in the League Cup brings some welcome relief from the Premiership troubles and our two best performances this season, away at Sunderland and home to Stoke, have come in this competition.
The pressure is off the players slightly as they are not fighting for points and hopefully Fergie sticks with his policy of youths and reserves in this competition and you may just see a shock on the cards. If you look back into our past, in season 1988/89, at the same point of this competition, West Ham defeated the all conquering Liverpool team 4-1 to march into the semi-finals and the similarities don’t end there.
At the same time of playing Liverpool we were in the bottom three having achieved a measly 12 points from 15 games, the same amount of points we have now, and finally the date of the Liverpool game was November the 30th, exactly 22 years to the day, we face the all conquering Man United.
Do not be surprised if we dish out an upset as the omens are in our favour and United have to lose at some point this season so why not at Upton Park.
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