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Irons stand on edge of history at Newcastle

PayetheavenThere’s no where else to start on this particular match day than to remind everybody that West Ham are staring at  their own piece of Premier League history at St James Park today.

For should the team avoid defeat  the team will will break their own unbeaten run in the Premier League of nine games.

The Mirror’s Darren Lewis draws attention to this in an excellent blog he has written for club sponsors Betway where he pays fulsome praise to the team, manager and owners.

He says: “The most striking aspect of this season’s changing of the Premier League guard is the unwillingness of so many to accept it. As a result, the competition this season has been routinely described as “bonkers”, “uncompetitive” and the worst for years.”

But he quite rightly points out that the new order is not in the least bit “bonkers” but has been inspired by  good leadership complacency and intelligent spending.

Of the Irons he declares: “Their shrewd transfer dealings over the last two years have put them in a strong position to defy their doubters and challenge for the top four. For that they deserve credit, not the claim that the top flight isn’t what it once was.”

Very hard to disagree with that or his decision to start with Dimitri Payet whom he points out at £10.75m is “a well-documented steal.”

He pays tribute to recruitment director Tony  Henry and the board which is as it should be and has joined those of us who have believed fro some time  that we are now a top four side.

There has been barely a murmur from anywhere this January that we should be buying big and that goes back to the extraordinary summer when we produced a squad of players who could set us up for two or three years to come.

A right back and a central striker are serious targets for the summer but beyond that we look fine although perhaps another decent left sided defender may be on the cards.

Frankly we are still pinching ourselves at all this praise that is being poured out on our club – dunno abut you but I could get used to it!



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

One comment on “Irons stand on edge of history at Newcastle

  1. A hatrick from Enner and 1 from Antonio to give us a 0-4 victory and I honestly believe we are that much better even away from home,
    We are good enough now to go away from home and take teams apart and they are ready for the picking,we now need teams to worry about playing us that’s how the top teams stay at the top,look at Chelski or Man U no one worries about them now they know they and Liverpoors can be beaten as easy as the bottom teams,
    Let’s go for it what can go wrong if our luck is out we get a draw

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