Great result, great day out – the place was rocking



By Hugh Southon

As the Beatles once sung: “It’s getting better all the time.”

And that’s an apt line because what we are beginning to see more and more from these hugely exciting Hammers is a throwback to the heady Hammers days of the 60s.

Today the London Stadium was rocking as Manuel Pellegrini’s side slowly took newly promoted Norwich apart and the lads could easily have ended the 90 minutes with five or six goals to their name as they gave the Canaries a right mullering in the last 15 minutes or so.

I knew we were watching something very special when my grandson threw his arms around my neck for the first time since he became a teenager a few years back as Seb Haller found the back of the net for the first.

What a player this bloke is and to be honest I can’t remember a more effective centre forward since the halcyon days of Budge Byrne back in those days which recall the Beatles.

He and Anderson were responsible for every good thing that happened up front and his ability to hold off two or three defenders and find a team mate in space is extraordinary.

With Anderson looking a menace of epic proportions and Mark Noble at the heart of everything, this was a performance to die for.

Ironically, the second came from an Andriy Yarmolenko bullet because until then the Ukranian hadn’t really be too apparent.

No complaints because from Ryan Fredericks through the back four , midfield and up front, this was a team performance which had most of us drooling.

And to then look at the tables on the phone as the train pulled out of Stratford International and see the team in fifth place just confirms what many believe – we are a top six team!

Oh and that is a jest!

However, if we carry on playing as we did today and keeping  clean sheets anything is possible. It was a fab day, fab performance and a fab atmosphere.

Make no mistake although we will never forget the Boleyn, the new gaff can really rock when the team decides to play like it did today.


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

5 comments on “Great result, great day out – the place was rocking

  1. Yep Hugh .
    I had a great day too ..meeting some old boys of our 60 -70-80 “excursions ” days. .and a great game ,performance, and result (but we should have had more).but a wins a win COYI.

  2. This is great to see well done lads keep it up and stay consistent . COYI ⚒

  3. Spot on Hugh! Haller looking a super signing, Anderson was at his best. Look much better with Nobes alongside Declan. Issa was in beast mode. Arthur very good too!

  4. Excellent to see, watching highlights this morning in Australia.
    Finally hope we have a 20 goals a year striker on our hands, with all the other attacking players we have this looks like a team full of goals.
    It feels absolutely great to start a season wondering how high we can finish rather than hoping we get the magic 40 points and avoid relegation.
    Happy times for the Irons ⚒️⚒️⚒️

  5. Glad you and family had a great day I think all us West Ham fans did 🙂 was a complete team performance hopefully one of many this season !!! I was thinking on the train on the way back yesterday what if MP had got the deal over the line for Gomez would we also have gone after Haller ? The two of them would have been formidable of course but not sure our finances would have permitted it, is there any way with your contacts you could find out ? Certainly not that I knew before the window just gone but now we see him in the flesh I know if I had to choose between Gomez and Haller it would be an easy decision, we have got one of the best strikers in Europe at our club, onwards and upwards COYI !!! As for the top six if we continue to get 7 points out of 12 the rest of the season we would finish with over 65 points which would in any ordinary season guarantee top 6 here’s hoping 😀

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