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Irons look to be at start of an amazing journey

Felipe Anderson scores his first league goal in Irons colours

By Hugh Southon

Where do you find the words for that – amazing, incredible, magnificent etc – they have been used so many times they don’t hack it!

I’d sooner put it like this, that at the start of the match and end of the first half I thought I must be watching Manchester City such was the quality of what we were seeing.

The to feet passing at speed and the defence splitting pass from Mark Noble for the first – playing perhaps one of his finest games ever – took my breath away.

OK, I saw a bit too much of United at the Booby Moore Stand end a bit later on including a hit post but the truth was that as the first period drew to a close we again started to outclass them.

And at the end of it all it has to be said we were by far the better team and to hear the “oh lays” ringing out as we strung around 20 passes together was beyond words after some of the sloppy rubbish we have had to tolerate over the last couple of years.

To be honest I can’t quite get over what’s happening – I’m buzzing and let’s remember we have attained this quality in our football after just three games.

There is nobody out there who can tell me where this is going to end because we’ve only just started – the old cliche about the sky and limits seems absolutely appropriate tonight.

The next stage I would suggest is for the quality of football we saw over periods today to be extended over a minimum of 70 per cent of the 90 minutes.

Once that happens – and I reckon it will given the speed at which Pelle is turning things round – anything is possible for this squad of players with – no doubt – important additions.

Also let’s put all that tedious talk of the stadium being a soul-less bowl to bed as well.

If that’s a soul-less bowl don’t put me in one with a soul because I don’t think my blood pressure would take it.

That place was rocking this afternoon and it was a joy to be  inside it and part of something amazing.

An old song comes to mind which kinda sums it up:

Well, the joint was rocking
Going round ‘n’ round
Yeah, reeling and a-rocking
What a crazy sound
Well, they never stopped rocking
‘Til the moon went down

It was a great day and I believe we are at the start of an amazing journey which could take us somewhere very big indeed!

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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

7 comments on “Irons look to be at start of an amazing journey

  1. Spot on Hugh, sadly most pundits will give us little credit for our tenacity, skills, tactics etc and just talk about manu being poor !! not that little old west ham made them look ordinary. It will take a number of performances like today to convince our many critics to see what is potentially happening. Live in hope COYI

  2. I think Soulless bowl is a phrase coined by fans who decided they never wanted to step foot inside it. It’s our home now. It’s where we’ve laid our hats. Of course it helps when we’re winning but as long as there are West Ham fans inside the stadium it will never be soulless.

  3. I was looking forward to top billing on MoTD but was disappointed that they only showed to goals and very little of the excellent play throughout the game. They will never change. I hope that we are a team on the up and we make them choke on it.

    • Yes likewise Stratford I had a feeling it would refer to Man U being poor a lot but I would be very surprised if for an opening game it wasn’t the shortest time ever allocated to highlights. The BBC for whatever reason has an axe to grind against us, like all of the media to be fair, I am glad I now have a season ticket and can watch it all live but feel for all of our fans that don’t and are being denied by the scumbags in the media full and fair coverage 🤬

  4. Good post Hugh

    I was one of the doubters who thought that Moyes should have been given a chance

    I was only able to watch the first 25 minutes (in an airport departure lounge) – what impressed me was the way that our players kept making themselves available to receive a pass – so I promise no more negativity from me on here, even if we lose a few games

    COYI

  5. Well indeed Hugh, the “joint was certainly rocking” (in true Chuck Berry fashion!!).
    What a performance!!
    Anderson, Yarmalenko, Rice, Diop, Balbuena, getting better every game…Then we have Arnautovic.
    One touch brilliance all over the park; this must go down as one of the great West Ham performances in recent times.
    Our season could really spiral upwards if we sign one more striker in January to cover for Arnautovic. We have a very solid subs bench and 4-5 very promising Academy lads knocking on the door.
    As the Beatles used to sing, “I must admit. it’s getting better; getting so much better, all the time!!”
    COYI

  6. AND – AND – AND – we have Lanzini to come back 🙂 God knows who’ll give way. Fabulous.

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