Feet on the ground for Irons – Chelsea display just a start


West Ham set the bar yesterday afternoon at Chelsea and that’s where it has to remain for the rest of the season!

What was so noticeable was that at last we saw the team get away to a quick start whilst chasing and harrying whenever Frank Lampard’s team were in position.

Declan Rice led the way keeping Mason Mount quiet for long periods whilst the rest of the team were picking up their men and remaining on top of them throughout the 90 minutes.

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All the fancy football in the world will achieve nothing without such a degree of commitment and that David Martin was rarely troubled, is a tribute firstly to the defence and secondly to the rest of the team who did their jobs all over the pitch.

The big difference was that at the back Martin communicated came from his line and brought a new confidence after the Roberto disasters.

But here’s the thing, Manuel Pellegrini – whilst providing himself and the club with some breathing space – will require the same level of commitment at Wolves on Wednesday and onwards if he is to remain as the Hammers boss.

We have seen what the team is capable of and we will now expect nothing less. The slow-tarting slipshod approach where even the basics of the game are missing must be assigned to the dustbin of history.

This CANNOT  be a one-off. It’s the norm from any eleven players being paid the sort of dough which cause eyes to water.

Let’s hope that Felipe Anderson – still as frustrating as it gets – sees what’s required and that Seb Haller takes a close look at Michail Antonio’s game.

There are still little problems but yesterday should have been the start of something far better.


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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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  • Ajay says:

    The performance yesterday begs the following question.
    What happened at Rush Green this last week that didn’t happen 7 weeks ago?

  • master says:

    If there is one player who needs to take a long hard look at themselves and contrast their performances with their replacement yesterday, it’s Haller.

    His lack of aggression and fighting / running against the opposition defenders at crosses etc is beyond a joke. For 45 Million its abject.

    Needs a proper kick up the arse.

  • Hammer64 says:

    Yes to everything in the article, & to Ajay’s comments. I guess we will see in the next couple of games whether yesterday was a fluke. It is hard to believe that the last six games were just a collective loss of form & I still do not have much faith in Pellegrini.

    Amazing how it makes a difference if you don’t give the other side two goals in the first half, plus another for luck in the second. That will be crucial against Wolves, who take a lot of breaking down. Their other speciality is to stifle their opponents for most of the game then nick a goal. But then I am sure Pellegrini will be making sure that defensive solidity is maintained (?) One point-Chelsea had a tough game last week followed by mid week game. Wolves had a Thursday game, plus a game today. So if we can manage a performance like yesterday’s on Wednesday it could be enough. Anything less than a draw & we are back to square one.

  • mark wiggins says:

    Delighted for everyone keep it up lads .COYI⚒⚒

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