“Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air, I know I can count on you, sometimes I feel like saying lord I just don’t care, but you got the love I need to see me through.”
The opening lines to the song ‘You've Got The Love’ could have been written by a football fan to his team, because when watching West Ham, sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air - especially Saturday after out-playing Birmingham City for so much of the game.
To see a win thrown away in the second half was hard to swallow but if, before the game I had been offered a draw, I would have snatched your hand off because, as demoralising as it is to give up a two goal lead, a point away from home is always a good result in my book.
In one game soon I can see West Ham giving a team a hiding as at some point they will manage to play outstanding for the whole 90 minutes in a game unlike the hour that they did against the Brum.
And yet I don’t think that West Ham threw it away as much as Birmingham earned the point. Alex McLeish said after the game himself that he wasn’t happy with the first half performance of his team and that they hadn’t coped well with our front line and midfield.
At the start of the second half the Blues tried to change formation and match our 4-3-3 which only helped the Hammers as we raced into a 2-0 lead within 13 minutes of the re start.
But it was his double substitution after our second goal that brought instant dividends for his team as they hit back with two in ten minutes. Perhaps Avram Grant should have realised this and made changes himself before it was too late.
Unfortunately it was our Achilles heel that done for us in the first goal which was a cross from wide where our defenders are out jumped, even though to be fair when you’re trying to mark a 6ft8 striker in Zigic the law of averages will be that at some point he will win a header.
In fact in our last four games we have conceded goals that way five times and I think that it's about time that this problem was cured, espcially with two very important games coming up, at home against West Brom on Wednesday and then again to Blackpool on Saturday.
So if Avram wants to achieve the target set by his chairman, David Sullivan, of seven points out of four games including the Birmingham game then he needs to win both as, with the fourth game being at Liverpool, where we haven’t won since 1964 he will come up short of points target.
This is the defining month of the Hammers' season and, if we haven’t secured an extra seven points to the seven we already have by 5pm on the 27th of November, the fans may have the love to see the team through, but it may not be enough to save us.
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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