Brilliant Irons get the win and now we can all RELAX


Match verdict by Hughie Southon

Well done to every one of the squad and to David Moyes who scored his first win over Manchester United since 2012.

Kehrer impressedAnd the truth was that we deserved this win big time and could have had more with a couple cleared off the line as the Hammers showed their true form and supremacy in the second half.

Thankfully, De Gea’s dreadful mistake in conceding the goal from Benrahma’s weak shot was enough on a night when the spirit and buoyancy the manager had mentioned beforehand was so prevalent.

I didn’t see a poor performance out there tonight as we won a game which leaves us in 15th place but seven points clear of Leicester City, Leeds and Forest.

Declan Rice was quite extraordinary, defending brilliantly and getting into the United penalty area to create real chances.

I was impressed with Kehrer, Aguerd and the brilliant Oggy whilst Soucek ad Mikey deserve an honourable mention.

It was a top performance against a very good team and now we can relax and enjoy the rest of the season.


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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!"

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  • The Cat says:

    Can’t have anything to do with Moyes, as he doesn’t know what he’s doing. The kit man picked that team… lol
    Maybe we can all put down the weapons for now.


  • NY WHU says:

    Incredible! Why haven’t we been able to play this way against the likes of Forest and Palace? For most of the season we haven’t been able to string two passes together, but today our ball movement was a joy to watch. Even Benrahma did some clever things. Declan is a marvel: one phenomenal interception after another. Our record is so much better when Ogbonna is playing. He needs to be offered a new contract right away. I’m still not convinced that Moyes is the answer, but a few more matches like today and I might come around. Glad we can stop worrying and focus on our European adventure now. COYI!

  • exsoulie says:

    The 3 points was a must,but it was a match with stand out moments from just about every one.Suprised at this stage of a lot of fixtures,that Mikeys motor is showing pace and stamina.All in all sunday dinner was better today & the Stout tasted sweeter due to the performance,getting hungry for thursday night.

  • hammerpete6 says:

    Really admired the artistry and industry of Dec and Paqueta. Antonio was a real threat and used his pace brilliantly. Aguerd and Kehrer both had good games too, but my MoM was the classy Oggy, who ran the back line superbly.

  • Budgie says:

    So we play well and it’s nothing to do with Moyes. We play badly and it’s his fault. Laughable!

  • hammerpete6 says:

    The players were superb and I believe we the crowd helped. Moyes? Well we were depleted by injuries which he has engendered by not resting his ‘first team’ but playing them till broken. During this high energy game which was getting tough for everyone in the final 20 mins, ManU made five changes in midfield and attack, we made none until very late when the classic Benny for Fornals with 10 min left, then three defenders on in injury time. Moyes just does not know how to optimise subs to vary tactics and ensure match endurance. His subbing is 20 years out of date. He used to do exactly the same at Everton too. Can’t read a game.

  • Beerbandit69 says:

    Thanks guys great job

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