Mixed emotions at the Irons


By James Murphy

It has been a week of mixed emotions for the Irons but one that must have evoked the most is the win over Everton that lifts the team from the relegation zone, at least for now.

The Hammers are above the red zone by just a point and can breathe a sigh of relief as they prepare for a lesser daunting task against League One side, Derby County, in the FA Cup on Monday evening.

David Moyes should be able to rest some of his key players for this one, as a very tough assignment awaits in the horizon when league action resumes; an away game against Newcastle United.

Three straight London derbies follow after the Newcastle United game (Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Nottingham Forest) so there can’t be time to take eyes off the ball, and Moyes will be glad that his men turned up against Everton and did the job.

Age is visibly catching up with Michail Antonio and the Jamaican is clearly struggling to replicate his form of the last three seasons, when he managed double digits in goals in the Premier League.

This season, he has scored just twice in the league so far, but against Everton, he had arguably his best game this season, capping it with an assist for one of Jarrod Bowen’s two goals in the game.

His two goals in the league this season have come in London derbies; against Fulham and Chelsea, and the forward should be targeting the three derbies ahead with glee.

He’s scored twice in six matches against Chelsea and twice in five against Tottenham. With bookies offering exciting signup bonuses of up to $130 at 1xbet, £20 at Bwin and €100 at Shangrila and more, you can easily bet on him to score there and discover the best betting welcome bonuses on Wincomparator. 

Danny Ings has arrived from Aston Villa, where he scored 13 times in the league over the last two seasons but despite his attacking quality, he comes as a stop gap.

He had good touches as he came on against Everton and it will be interesting to see how he fares for the season remainder.

There’s talk of Lorient striker Teremas Moffi signing for West Ham in the January transfer window and getting the man who has scored 12 times in Ligue 1 this season already sound exciting. A 23-year old, Moffi would be a good catch if he can adapt to the Premier League quickly.

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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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  • jim_lakers says:

    The “red zone” sounds good. American football parlance – close to a touchdown – and that’s good. More appropriate colour would be brown. We are far too close to the brown stuff. Too late for Brereton Diaz? Surely he’d like a go at the Premiership?

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