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Cyprus clash has become an Irons sideshow



By Hughie Southon


David Moyes will attempt to shift the mood of Hammers fans over the next three nights as we head into Cyprus for the Conference restart.

Sadly, however, what should – and maybe to some still is – an exciting new episode for us has become a worrying little sideshow to many others

The return of the Thursday/Sunday routine can surely be a hindrance rather than a help given our terrible Premier League situation.

And many who believed that the exertions of the squad at Manchester United last week was responsible for us not turning up at Brighton will surely be worrying about what the next two games hold!`

A decent win may move some to claim a confidence  boostbut that wasn’t the case during our last involvement in the league stage  so it’s hard to assume that will be the case with things looking even worse now.

The Premier League truly is all that matters at this stage so any excitement and hype the manager and squad attempt to whip up will be lost on me.

All that matters is Sunday and Aston Villa so the team Moyes puts out against Larnaca should look something like this as far as I’m concerned: Areola, Johnson, Zouma. Oggy, Cresswell; Downes, Lanzini Soucek, Fornals, Cornet, Benrahma and Scamacca.

Cornet has had a long lay off of course but made a 45 minute comeback in the under 23s and this game can be treated as another warm up along with Scamacca.

I hate discussing Europe like this but we cannot afford  a single injury to the regular first teamers and for those wondering what my line up for the Villa match would be: Areola, Coufal, Aguerd, Zouma, Emerson; Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Benrahma, Bowen and Ings.

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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

One comment on “Cyprus clash has become an Irons sideshow

  1. I think that “Sideshow” is the right term Hugh, something that I felt with the Manure game. A cup run is fantastic when the club is in great health and doing well with their bread and butter, which is their league form… But we’re not!

    I feel that the team this season have been like an uncoordinated hurdler, crashing into hurdle after hurdle, unable to gain any sort of rhythm.

    I’ve often commented on clubs in similar positions to which we now find ourselves in, and have often said that the manager has lost the dressing room. Make no mistake, with the quality of players that we have, it sure looks like Moyes has lost the dressing room.

    Let’s hope that the players can pull it off for us supporters.

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