With just one win it’s safe to say that 2015 has not got off to the greatest start for West Ham, but going into the final 10 games of the season they could yet finish with a flourish.
Sam Allardyce’s outfit have drawn five, lost three and won once – a 3-0 victory over Hull City – since the turn of the year which has seen them tumble down to tenth place.
However, following next Saturday’s fourth consecutive London derby against Arsenal, only Manchester City away in April looks to be troubling for the Hammers so they may be able to make the climb back up the pecking order.
Following back-to-back defeats against Crystal Palace and Chelsea, West Ham are in desperate need of three points, yet since Christmas no matter how well they perform the result just seems to escape them.
Late goals against Manchester United and Tottenham saw them robbed of four points, while they could’ve quite easily on another day, perhaps earlier in the campaign, taken something off of Jose Mourinho’s league leaders.
The only match that really sticks out as poor was the FA Cup thumping at West Bromwich Albion, but that was quickly forgotten with one of the best displays of the term at Spurs the following week.
It’s easy to get carried away with expectations after such a fantastic first-half of the season, but to be in the top-10 with 10 games to play should still be considered a tremendous effort for a club that was in a relegation dog fight at the same stage last year.
The turnaround has been miraculous at West Ham and no matter what happens from now until May there is still a lot more positives to take away than negatives.
Europe could still be on the agenda, too, through the Financial Fair Play league which would put the icing on an already sweet cake.
From the matches remaining, it’s not unrealistic for the Hammers to get another 18-21 points on the board which would see them finish near the very impressive total of 60.
While that tally may not be quite enough to break into the top-six, it should see them up into the top-eight at least which would be more than pleasing for Allardyce considering his pre-season target was a top-half finish.
Whether it will be enough to earn him a new contract, though, is another matter entirely, but he certainly deserves some recognition for giving the club one of their best campaigns for a very, very long time.
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