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Reality check for Hammers – countdown to safety still on



by Sean Whetstone

The old cliche of a game of two halves was never more true than in yesterday’s match against Manchester United.

Again we were punished for not taking our chances in the first half when we could have been 3-0 up at the break.

At half time we were third in the live Premier League table and confidence was high after a lacklustre performance by the Red devils.

Manchester United specialise in coming from behind so it should come as no surprise they came out fighting in the second half with extra firepower from the bench.

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Perhaps we have been riding our luck later and it had to come to an end at some point.

Many of us are still counting down the points to safety from relegation rather places for Europe or Champions League – some habits are hard to break.

We are not title contenders but equally we unlikely to sucked into a relegation fight this season. Mid-table obscurity with the aim of a top ten finish will be just fine.


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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

4 comments on “Reality check for Hammers – countdown to safety still on

  1. Countdown. As ever was and ever shall be so.

  2. Good post Sean – I for one will only totally relax when we reach 45 points – I think that we need to keep perspective and I would settle for a couple of seasons of mid table after so many recent relegation battles

    Let us see how the team responds to the defeat against Leeds which will not be an easy match

    One thing that has been kind to us compared to other teams is the spacing of our fixtures in December

  3. Yes Sean we need to learn from yesterday – Man U were clinical finishers, confident in front of goal. We were hesitant, nervous or over hurried again in front of goal, and every week it seems we are saying we should have taken more chances. Remember when Teddy was striking coach?!

  4. We desperately need a top notch striker.It has been a problem for decades now not just a season or 2.Antonio is great when he is at it but we will never get a full season out of him and the slightly faltering performances have come in his absence.Sorry but unless Moyes finds some miraculous cure Haller is not the answer.Look at the way Rashford put his goal away and what Haller did with exactly the same kind of chance.Those are the fine margins that win and lose matches.

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