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Five points in six days – meet the remarkable new Irons

West Ham played three games in six days over Christmas.

The Irons took on Brighton t24 hours on from  Boxing Day, then played Southampton and Everton at St Mary’s and Goodison Park.

West Ham, remarkably, took five points.

It should be said, too, that the performance against Brighton was ugly. The Hammers didn’t play all that well, but they managed to secure a point in a 2-2 draw, despite being largely outplayed. That is NOT typical West Ham!

Versus high-flying Southampton, the high-flying Saints had their wings clipped. Both sides cancelled each other out, as they each had eight shots on goal, with three on target. It was a hard-fought draw and one that further showed just how good this Hammers side is becoming.

Next time out, a clash with Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton, a team that have genuine aspirations of qualifying for European football. At the time of the game, they were just four points off leaders Liverpool, though that could be extended when the Reds take on Southampton.

Tomas Soucek’s late goal was just reward for a genuinely brilliant defensive performance that effectively blunted the Toffees.

The way the Irons have been playing is superb; there is real defensive organisation, genuine talent when it comes to moving the ball forward, and a real cutting edge in the final third.

David Moyes deserves plenty of credit for the way he has drilled his squad and brought them through an incredibly draining period of games.

Now, with rest a priority, the club are sat in 10th, just three points off fourth-placed Spurs.

The way this team has been playing, particularly over Christmas, proves that there is a real steel, backbone, and grit and determination to these Irons.

There have been plenty of games when they haven’t been playing all that well but have still managed to get over the line, something which just hasn’t happened in recent seasons.

Long may it continue.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

3 comments on “Five points in six days – meet the remarkable new Irons

  1. Well played IRONS. Will somebody have a word with Fornals about headers – mate, in the box, head it back to the post in the direction it came from. He works hard, but three times he has headed wide of the near post when crossed from the right – potential 8 points difference if he had been on target to the far right post.
    Lie down time!

  2. I do hope we put our best team out in the cup.
    Time to give it a real go, for the first time in years we aren’t looking over our shoulders so let’s give it a real go please.

  3. Too right, Dave.
    Loving having a chance against everyone and picking up points as well.
    Makes a welcome change to be Toffee Hammers at last. All too often we have failed to get the better of them. New experiences for all of us – looking forward to seeing more!

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