Grit and guts you Irons – nothing else will do

By Hughie Southon

Today could hardly be more important and every one of us – whatever our feelings on the management of this club – will be hoping and praying for a win against Villa.

Danny Ings will be determined to prove a point against the club from which he was transferred and there is the incentive of knowing that a win will take us into 14th place.

It remains incredibly tight at the bottom and we have to show that we are as up for this game as Bournemouth demonstrated against Liverpool yesterday and Everton v Brentford.

As Hammers we have always felt that even when the team is not playing well we will be relatively happy if they leave nothing on the pitch.

But these endless slow starts to games and often awkward body language from the players has left me more than irritated.

The manager has been criticises by us and others endlessly but if there are problems between the players and him of which nobody can be sure they can’t be carried onto the pitch by the players.

At the same time we need Moyes to adopt a truly attacking policy with the old expression of “doing something that doesn’t work all the time being madness” springing to mind.

Managers and players love to talk in terms of bouncing back after a bad performance and last week’s at Brighton was the worst I can remember.

I dread to think what the reaction to a defeat today will be so come on the lot of you let’s bounce back brilliantly because Brighton is still sharp in our minds.


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