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Dour West Ham scramble home thank heavens

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Match verdict by Hughie Southon

West Ham have played a lot better than today and lost but who cares? This was their first double of the season!

After Harrison Reed had scored an own goal midway through the first half they clung on to stagger over the line at Craven Cottage and ensure in the end that David Moyes’ 650th match as a manager ended in an incredibly important victory haveing had the lowest possession of any Premier hip team this season – 25 per cent.

Rice: Never gave up

And in fairness to the Hammers boss he got most things right this afternoon and succumbed to the calls to play two up by teaming Ings and Antonio in a 4-4-2 formation.

To be frank, it didn’t work because the problem with that approach is that it leaves us a man short in midfield and Fulham dominated possession as a result.

It didn’t take him long to adjust into the second half when bringing off Ings along with Fornals and throwing on Benny and Flynn Downes,

Without top scorer Mitrovic and despite the possession Fulham created few chances and with Zouma splendid at central defence and the recalled Cresswell bring something special down the left the Hammers managed to take their points tally to 30 and move into 13th place.

It was a dour affair but we can all forget pretty football after a game that needed winning given that it’s Arsenal at home and Bournemouth away next.

Downes look very effective and is now surely worth a starting place and Decklab as ever never gave anything up and was very good indeed.

In the meantime COME ON YOU IRONS

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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:

    As a long time supporter of this club I have seen many relegations and many battles against relegation, but I have never seen pretty free flowing football with any team fighting relegation.
    Whichever way three points are gained during the remainder of this season, I will take them all day long.
    I don’t feel that I should focus or pay much attention to any of the negatives at this point as I feel that my energy is best directed to supporting my team and any energy used on speculation and negatives (which I have no influence over) is a waste of my energy and dampens my optimism.
    Three points were gained today, by most players digging deep whilst wearing the claret and blue of our club. I can take another deep breath and relax for another week now.
    COYI

  • The Cat says:

    *Correction…Relax?
    For a few days lol

  • hammerpete6 says:

    One thing we can guarantee in a whirlpool of uncertainty is that every Irons fan is focused on positively supporting the lads to achieve the required wins to stay up. That is a given from us all. It doesn’t stop the disappointment with the season or Moyes’ approach though.

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