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Hammers given another helping hand

Ings grabbed a brace

West Ham’s were handed another opportunity of putting space between themselves and the relegation threatened clubs on Wednesday night with Watford being beaten  3-1 by Southampton.

It means that we surely have to go for it in a big way against Chelsea with the relegation scrap remaining almost stationary.

Norwich, Villa and Bournemouth remain locked beneath us with only the Hornets managing to improve their position marginally with a 1-1 draw against Leicester City last Saturday.

Defeats by Burnley in midweek and now by Saints has put them right back in the mix and David Moyes will be praying that somehow the Irons can squeeze something out of the London derby.

Danny Ings scored twice for Saints with James Ward-Prowse adding the third soon after The Hornets scored via a Jan Bednarek own goal, when turning a cross into his own net.

It all means from our perspective that a win or a draw against the Blues will see us into 16th place with what are considered to be the easier games then on our agenda.

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8 comments on “Hammers given another helping hand

  1. The door is now slightly open for us to open it wider and get out of the mess we are in. However we have to finally score goals and – hey – and guess what stop conceding. Am i hopeful-yes- confident not at all. Can only hope that we dont find a myriad of ways to throw any advantage we may have. However we will not score and win -did i say win ?- silly me by deciding the opposition is better than us and treating them so.There is always hope ! AT the moment !

  2. Seems the manager has them playing well and they have something that we have spent over £100m trying to find in recent seasons from all over the world.
    Danny Ings 20 goals was in Liv reserves, fair play to the saints for getting him, he’s the difference for them vs relegation.
    Oh to have him in our team, hard working and lethal.

    • Ings was an injury-ridden disaster at Liverpool and it was a very hopeful punt by Southampton – where he replaced Charlie ‘no knees’ Austin – to take him on. At Anfield Ings played just 14 games in four years, scoring three goals. Imagine the abuse of our Board if West Ham had bought him!

  3. You said it hard working.

  4. Mr Moyes – here’s your chance. Show us you are the winner you’ve said you are.
    The Saints opened the door today. Please be bold and take this chance, even if it’s a slim one. Be bold, invest in the youth you so admire. Put Silva up front on Wednesday. He is, after all, a striker.
    If the worse happens and we fail. Let’s at least say we went down fighting. Do you feel lucky Mr Moyes?

  5. Yes, we have an opportunity; but we won’t take it !

  6. we are receiving so much help from other teams (see Wolves, who beat us then B’meth and Villa) but still we can’t do anything to help ourselves. that is my biggest worry. we have the best run in of all teams fighting the drop but are somehow managing to make it harder. the West Ham way 🤣😭 even Norwich look more dangerous than us!

  7. Everybody knew the first three games after the restart were going to be tough one’s , the coming Chelsea game supposedly being the final one . The most we can hope for is a draw which would see us swap places with Watford on goal difference . To go gung ho would be a mistake in my view .. I would rather try and guarantee a draw than lose three nil and open the trap – door .

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