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No panic-up yet given Irons run-in


It didn’t go well last night of course but as I look through our remaining fixtures of the season I still refuse to let my knees jerk despite accepting we are in a real relegation scrap.

Tonight’s trip to Leicester City is a big one of course and although we have home and away matches against Liverpool and Man City on the immediate horizon, things don’t look overly bad beyond that.

Three important points will be available against Brighton on February 1 and, should we get something out of tonight’s game, we may not be at all badly placed to get survive the rest of the season.

Brighton and Watford – who we  also  play at home – are in trouble at the bottom and beyond those two our programme looks like this following the City and Liverpool games:

Saints (home), Arsenal (away), Wolves (home), Spurs (away), Chelsea (home) Newcastle (away), Burnley (home) Norwich (away) Watford (home) Man U (away) and Villa (home).

I’m not gonna over analyse those game except to say that neither Spurs, Arsenal and inconsistent Chelsea are the worries they may have been in previous season and I see at least six winnable games in there with one or two draws on the cards.

I’d certainly sooner have that set of games than Norwich and Bournemouth for example with the Canaries facing trips to Spurs, Burnley, Newcastle, Wolves and Sheffield United and the Cherries travelling to Sheffield United, Burnley, Liverpool, Wolves, Man U and City and Everton.

Villas away games include Southampton, ourselves, Leicester, Newcastle and Liverpool while Brighton have to visit Sheffield United,  Leicester, Wolves, Saints and Burnley.

Beyond United away, the last seven games of our season are nothing like  as daunting as some we could have faced and with the slowly improving form we are showing there’s no panic-up on the cards just yet!

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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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  • Michael G Whalley says:

    I seem to face watching each game with impending doom and gloom, waiting for my beloved lads to prove me wrong. My heart doesn’t start pounding now unless we are in the lead (fearing the worst).
    Of course, I am always hopeful but relegation is looming on the horizon. And by all accounts, our board cannot bring themselves to make money available to save the slide.
    Perhaps they see relegation as a tool to pull the fragmenting supporters together. I believe it will, but at what cost.

  • Billy says:

    With my realist head on I think we may well need to beat Villa at home to guarantee staying up on the last day! I can see possibly 5 wins and 4 draws, it may all come down to goal difference, anybody got any spare blood pressure pills?

  • Craig Benee says:

    every single one of those sides in bold is in better form than us Hugh?

  • LJ says:

    Sorry but that sounds like a discussion that gold,sullivan and Brady had this morning, let’s look at other teams fixtures and hope we get better results than them …we should be ok ,maybe, probably, er fingers crossed

  • Big Al says:

    I want desperately to share your optimism Hugh, but I am finding it really difficult.
    Pellegrini left us in a dreadful state, shame on him, with such an ill balanced squad. It remains full of semi-interested luxury players who no doubt look great in training, when they are not injured of course.
    The glaring need for an injection of pace in midfield and up front has still not been addressed with just nine days left of the window.
    Far from sharing your hopes, much as I would like, I fear we are a Declan Rice injury away from barely picking up a handful of points over the next couple of months.
    Then as ever, the last six games come down to which teams have the character to stay calm and dig out the vital points. The trouble is we have got more Yarmolenkos and Lanzinis than Nobles and Zabaletas.
    I so want to be wrong, though.

  • michael f tricker says:

    If we don’t correct Pellegirinis other big mistakes of not replacing Kouyate or Obiang this window then we are finishing around the bottom five or below. The squad was always a first team and then dross, add in a couple that are under performing and here we are.

    what an awful season

  • Dave says:

    You see 6 winnable games? Do you realistically believe that? You know we’ve only won 6 games so far this season?! Don’t you? I mean, I know you’re optimistic, I get that, but you don’t seem to fully appreciate/respect the quality of other teams in the league. We’re at the bottom end of the league for a reason and it will take a lot more than Hope to change that. A defensive midfielder (that we’ve needed for many, many years) and a manager that plays 2 up front (the only way to get to see the quality of Haller). But…as that won’t happen…you keep your fingers crossed.

    • Yep otherwise I wouldn’t have written it and if we can’t beat Brighton, Villa, Watford, Burnley, Saints, Norwich and pick up a couple or three draws we wouldn’t deserve to stay up obviously. Yes I appreciate the quality of other clubs including sub standard Spurs and Arsenal whom I think we are more likely to get something from than Wolves for example. If I’m wrong I’m wrong. Mind you I could start panicking if you prefer 🙂 And just to get the definitions clear. I said winnable – not will win

  • The Cat says:

    Hugh, I admire your confidence and nerves of STEEL.
    I wish that I could feel the same about our situation at this point in time.

    • Good Ole Daze says:

      I think you’ll be using up all of your 9 lives between now and the end of the season, Cat …

      • The Cat says:

        I make you RIGHT on that…LOL
        My nerves are getting worse with each passing day. As a West Ham supporter I’ve been here before, but I was made to believe that those days were long gone and I now feel betrayed, to be honest.

        • Football is football – promises can never be made. Too many big big club of the past now faded

          • The Cat says:

            I like many supporters have come to see the flip side of the coin. Arsenal and spud supporters have no fear of their clubs being in the same predicament as ours……… Maybe they are better run clubs?

  • Whammer1 says:

    Phew what a mine field is evolving. .the writing was on the wall for us a long long time ago now be precise after the Oxford humiliation. .and I am finding it hard to see 3 worse teams than us at this Moment .ok destinary is in our own hands as with all the club’s around us but should we not get something out of tonight and the Potters next week themn I think we in the mire of the bottom three. This season has thrown up.some crazy results and to look at the other teams run ins you never know what could happen as with us ..can we start with 3pts tonight please just for a straw to clutch to

  • Whammer1 says:

    I don’t know where the Potters came from..I typed the Pool maybe next season it will be the Potters and they ain’t coming up!!predicted txt 😤😤

  • Cooper says:

    I’ve noticed a dramatic improvement defensively under Moyes. We just have to make sure we definitely beat the teams in around and below us to survive. If we can pick up the odd point from teams way above us then happy days.

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