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Seventh Hammers heaven – well, for most of us!


By CandH’s top blogger Allen Cummings


David Moyes was in typically understated mood last night – confident but not getting carried away.

In his post-match interview on Match of the Day he was happy to acknowledge the performance his team had just put in – and the strides they had made this season, but he was determined not to be seen to be going overboard.

“Being near the top is what I want,” said the manager, a reference to our elevation to fourth place in the league. “I want to manage a team up at the top. I want to keep those standards up. I want to build something that’s here for a long period not just a short time.”

But he was also keen to add: “We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves saying stupid things that we’re going to make the Champions League.”

The manager is right to strike a more cautious, level-headed, and some might say diplomatic tone. But from a supporters’ point of view it’s definitely ‘seventh heaven’ time – and we’re loving it!

Why not? Six wins from six games in all competitions since the start of the year is enough to get anyone excited – or so you might think.

But there are still some people out there apparently finding it impossible to celebrate fully along with the rest of us. Only last night while most Hammers were revelling in the growing contribution and importance to the team of Said Benrahma,

I saw a view that Moyes had ‘got lucky’ with Said because he’d been forced on the manager by the Co Chairman, who’d in turn being doing an agent pal a favour. Really?

Personally I find it impossible to understand that mentality. Sadly those whose agendas against the owners – and I’m not denying there are issues that have infuriated many of us over recent years.

But others seem to be unwilling to accept that right here and right now is not the time to fester on them. Trying to spoil the party at the moment will do them, or their cause, no favours at all.

We all have a chance to dream a little. To enjoy the moment – share in the optimism that just maybe there are genuine reasons for looking towards better times ahead for our club.

David Moyes will tell you it’s still ‘a work in process’ – there’s a way to go yet. I think most of us realise that – but let’s at least allow ourselves the opportunity to enjoy that brighter path ahead.

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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

12 comments on “Seventh Hammers heaven – well, for most of us!

  1. Well said Allen!

    Keep smiling and enjoy our good form!

  2. Agree Hugh it is a time to enjoy our team, our club and give credit where due. Sadly there are some of our fans who are happy to be miserable, hate the owners and the stadium, and bring down the atmosphere. I just hope they get over it and look onwards and upwards!

  3. Not celebrating the team’s success doesn’t make any sense.
    It was a great team victory and, coming from behind, shows amazing character.
    Some players had an extraordinary match, others just the normal high quality they bring, and a few who seemed to have less impact than normal.
    Moaners love what they do and we can choose to skip over their comments. But please post them, as they are part of family.

  4. Read an article in weekend Telegraph saying West Ham probably benefitting from no supporters at London Stadium as atmosphere from protests/marches can get toxic! This in turn affects players, sad if this is the case

  5. Strange as it seems but there are so called west ham supporters who cannot wait for david moyes to fail.They come on here all the time and without naming names we all know who they are?
    BTW Excellent article Allen.

  6. Quite right and well said.
    I still say to all the moaners out there that the current owners aren’t perfect but name me any current owners in the PL that are, or indeed any of our previous owners that were.
    As long as they let DM run the team and choose signings then that’s all we ask of them.
    I can’t remember seeing a West Ham team this solid and who look happy to be out there. And I have been supporting the team since, gulp, 1956. Yes, the middle of last century. So I may be a “senior” but I’ve seen an awful lot of West Ham teams, and frankly, a few awful West Ham teams. So, stop your moaning, enjoy the success, or you’ll end up with a permanent frown on your faces. Lighten up a bit!

  7. I’ve been around for a while myself and I have to agree with EVERYTHING that you’ve said. Spot On.

  8. Great Post Allen…. Spot on!

  9. Totally agree, There are plenty of so called fans out there with their own agenda. But true WHU fans will get behind DM and his squad of back room staff and players – not forgetting everyone else involved. If we achive a top 7 finish with decent cup run than that will be above all expectations for DM’s first full season. I ignore the morons who complain at every step – these are the same morons who bowed and kisses butt to Pellegrini! The best bet is to ignore these muppets and let them stew in their own crap…I wouldn’t be surprised if they were infiltrators from the pikey Spuds and Millwall…lets all enjoy the current set up – it’s the first season in many a season when haven’t been anxious when we fall a goal behind. Every team is beatable…COYI

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