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.