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The battle goes on for the Hammers

West Ham United fans were hoping that the 2022/23 Premier League campaign would be another season of steady growth and improvement for manager David Moyes, and that they would again be battling for the coveted European places to enjoy more nights under the lights at the London Stadium, but there is no doubting that we have struggled massively on the pitch.

Despite the disruptions to the domestic campaign that the first ever winter World Cup a much needed win against fellow relegation threatened Everton at the weekend lifted us into 16th place in the top flight table, but a single point still separates us from Bournemouth and the drop zone.

It is a battle down there with a number of clubs involved and for those who like a flutter, looking at the odds from some of the best football betting sites can help when trying to determine who will ultimately suffer the drop this year.

With few plaudits going our way this year given the performances and results we have seen, Jarrod Bowen’s double on Saturday to ensure the 2-0 victory is enough to create a tiny bit of breathing room, but we simply have to build on it, and build on it quickly now.

Cruelly dubbed ‘El Sackico’ given the position of both clubs, Moyes admitted following the full time whistle that the win had been ‘a relief’ but he continued to be focused on leading us to safety.

“My understanding was the board will still support me no matter what, that takes a lot of doing and a big thank you to them. I still believe it is something the board didn’t want to do, to make changes. I have a board behind me who are supportive and who have backed me. I have to think about my position because me winning one game doesn’t mean everything is fine.”

Declan Rice had commented that the game could be a ‘season defining’ moment, but former defender Steve Brown believed those comments to be very premature indeed given our current position. Speaking to the BBC’s The Far Post podcast, he offered.

“I would say Declan Rice is not correct that it was season-defining by any stretch of the imagination. You should want to win every game. I’m not having a pop at Declan Rice, it’s that this team is under-performing and it’s let him (David Moyes) down.

Yes it takes the pressure off for a little bit and it’s very nice for him to say in an interview that that’s for our manager, because that kind of gives you the backing.

But they have got a lot of work to do. It seems like he thinks it’s job done and we move on from here. No, you’ve got to grind now for another month and get yourself right out of trouble.”

Brown has a point, but it is an incredible stretch to suggest Rice in any way feels that the hard work in done, but at least for this week and until the next game, Bowen can take the plaudits and enjoy being named in Garth Crooks’ Team of the Week – although it does seem he actually forgot to talk about West Ham.

“If you’ve only scored one goal in your past five away Premier League games and you find yourself 2-0 down after just 40 minutes it’s fair to assume you’ve got a problem.

Everton have some serious problems both on and off the pitch and Jarrod Bowen’s goal scoring instincts for West Ham have just jettisoned Frank Lampard from his job and catapulted the Toffees into more turmoil.”

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