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Paper-thin squad can be proud after near non stop action

Dec and Mikey were critical injuries (Photo by Avril Husband/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

By the time we reach the final game of the season West Ham’s squad will have played 53 games in 11 moths with just a six week break!

And with our squad being paper thin compared with others that in itself is some agenda with which to cope.

To be currently in sixth place and still having chances of European qualification of one kind or another is absolutely remarkable.

This is worth pointing out when considering the recent slip in results – a position most clubs, notably Liverpool found themselves in earlier in the season.

Thankfully, injuries hit the squad late in the season but when they did they were all pretty critical – Declan, Mikey and Oggy in particular.

Much is often made of professional players complaining about being unable to cope with a crowded fixture list.

But this time around it’s reasonable to understand the pressure clubs like ours – with thin squads – have been under.

The turnaround from last season has been remarkable but in the circumstances which have existed since last June – with wall to wall TV football – to be honest our league position is nothing short of miraculous.

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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “Paper-thin squad can be proud after near non stop action

  1. Yes Hugh, they have done us all proud, it was always going to be a tough ask to get in to Europe with such a small squad, and to have kept in contention thus far is a tribute to the whole squad as well as David Moyes and the coaching staff, not forgetting the medical team. I am sure I am not alone in feeling that we are running out of steam now and not helped by Man United taking their foot off the gas in the last couple of games. If we do come up short it certainly won’t be through lack of effort and we should be very proud of the boys who have given us one he’ll of a ride.

  2. A great season whatever happens in last three games. Only downside, we were not in stadium to share and cheer!!

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