Fan view: Irons hope at last

The 1-1 draw at last gave grounds for optimism.

The FA Cup results were satisfactory but with the Premier League dominating everybody’s thinking that is where it really counts and with Everton beaten we really needed to follow through at Newcastle.

Not much was expected at St James’ Park and the point was a genuine bonus. In this piece CandH follower Neil Down Under describes the feelings of most.

By Neil Down Under

I’m feeling a slight more optimistic after this game. Let’s see what the next few games bring.I had been dreading this run of fixtures, but if we get a result against Chelsea next time out, I think teams will start to give us some respect again . If Scamacca, Ings and Antonio start to fire, who knows?

Perhaps we can salvage something of the season and hopefully go on a cup run. Admittedly I went down the path of a long suffering West Ham fan and saw this season as a return to the norm, but we should be looking onwards and upwards.

Whatever you think of the ownership of the two Daves, they did invest unlike anything under  Brown that  I can remember (best we forget the Icelandic period).

Is Moyes the best man for the job still? I think the end of the season will answer that question, Let’s face it, he ain’t going anywhere now.

When I chose West Ham as a kid, little did I know that I’d chosen a lifetime of emotional torture 😆


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 “Fan view: Irons hope at last

  1. It was a slightly better performance for sure
    . I think the system of 3-5-2 is a good system. However Moyes prefers to play what I describe as a 5-2-3 to primarily accommodate Bowen, his favourite always play irrespective of performance which for the most part this season has been costing the team. The 3-5-2 if properly used by Moyes would result in better performances and results. I felt it was an ok performance but nothing more, I can see why people are saying it was a great performance as after all we have had to endure 12 months of terrible performances and results in the PL under Moyes stewardship. A simple tweak back to the traditional 3-5-2 system and selecting the right players in their best positions will see us play to our full potential. Unfortunately this wont happen under Moyes and for me nothing has changed, he is not the person to bring us to the next level. I picked a proper 3-5-2 team last night with the players available, Fab, Coufal, Kehrer, Ogbonna, Aguerd, Emerson, Rice, Paqueta, Fornals in the 10, with Benrahma playing throught the middle just off Antonio. There is no doubt we would have played better and won that game as Newcastle were there for the taking.

  2. The trouble with the Moyes idea of playing 3 at the back, is that it tends to mean that at times we have only two at the back, as one of the Centre Backs moves into Midfield or up front. This leads to the remaining Centre Backs being criticised for failing to deal with attacks properly. We are all to often playing a Gung Ho defence and many get blamed for it. Far too may Players are playing out of position and then are blamed.

    Let’s stop looking at the Team with rose coloured glasses, the truth is we were damned lucky not to have been beaten by two clear goals. Defence was NOT good enough, the performance was better, but far from being ideal. Much, much, more work needed and quickly. Damn no one wants West Ham to do better than I do, but we have to remain realists. A draw was NOT good enough either.

  3. Playing 3 central defenders at the moment would leave us a bit short if we got another injury. I would prefer a 4-3-3 so that we can accommodate Rice, Paqueta & Soucek in midfield.

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