Hammers still tight to the top clubs


West Ham slipped to sixth place after the defeat by Manchester City with Brighton pushing up into third place and the Gooners now in fifth on goal difference.

We sit a goal behind the north Londoners and three behind Spurs who moved into fourth place following their 2-1 win over Sheffield United.

Man City – now of course top of the league with 15 points from their opening five games – lead Liverpool who beat Wolves at Molineux in the lunchtime game and now have 13 points from their opening games.

Brighton again showed what a good team they are when beating Manchester United 3-1 at Old Trafford – a result which saw the Reds slip to 12th place.

Crystal Palace – beaten 3-1 at Villa Park are now two points behind the Hammers in seventh place whilst the midlanders moved into eighth place with seven points.

At the bottom Everton Burnley and Luton – beaten 1-0 at Fulam – have managed just one poit between the three of them.

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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!"

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