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A night when every claret and blue cap may come off to Moyes

By Hughie Southon

This could be the night when we truly celebrate the enormous strides West Ham United have made since David Moyes returned to the club.

It could well be the night when we realise exactly the spirit the manager has put into a squad which on its day has shown it can beat anybody.

But with a near second best back four it will be so much more difficult  which is why it could be such an stupendous night and achievement.

We can argue all day again about whether players should or should not have been bought in the winter window but that is pointless right now. To coin the oldest cliche in the book it is what it is and now we have to get on with it.

David Moyes made his decision and now has to live with it – a win tonight will be an extraordinary achievement in the circumstances.

But if we do and and reach that semi final – possibly against Barca -every claret and blue cap will come off to the manager and his squad.

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“We have a great chance,” says Moyes. “To be at 1-1 is a really powerful position. We’ve got a wee bit of toughness about us we can show. We played 45 minutes with 10 men last week, let’s see what we can do with 11.

“We have to show our levels of quality, they need to rise. We’ve probably showed our best qualities in this tournament, against Sevilla especially. So we have to do that. It’s a big game and tough game, but we’ve been good this year when we’ve been challenged.

“Against Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, we’ve been challenged, and in the main we’ve risen to the challenge. Let’s hope we can do that again.”

 

 

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About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

3 comments on “A night when every claret and blue cap may come off to Moyes

  1. There is a lot of people who still question Moyes, lets hope tonight he puts that to bed by selecting the correct team and by making the right decisions mid game. There are some rumours going around which I am hoping are wrong that he will move Rice to the back and bring in Noble to midfield, if he decides this then for me he has probably cost us the game. So lets hope Moyes does make the right calls tonight in terms of team selection and md games switches and he proves some of us doubters wrong that he does have it to bring us to the next level and win us a trophy.

  2. I’m tipping my hat to David Moyes regardless of the result tonight. I second his decision not to sign players that were not ones he wanted (He’d already wasted ten million on emergency signing Jordan Hugill during his first stint)…….If we lose tonight and finish 5th or 6th in the Prem, it’s still a marked improvement on last season. My feeling says we’ll win 1-0, but it might be on penalties. COYI – In Moyes we trust.

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