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Top four awaits and a bold prediction

diafra-sakho-542296Slaven Bilic nailed it with one ‘on the money quote’ following last night’s wonderful game.

A million words have appeared this morning praising the Irons to the sky as we have all attempted to find the words to express our admiration and delight at such an incredible performance.

Slav summed it up like this in his usual straightforward manner: “If you’re disappointed when you draw with Man City, you know you have a good team”

LanzcarrIt’s so easy to forget one majorly important point amidst all the joy – we are still without Lanzini and Sakho and I genuinely believe that if we can get them back by early February there is every chance we can hit the top four.

OK we are six points of those places but with the main men back it’s possible and of course there’s a revenge job to be done on the team from North London which currently holds fourth place.

That one comes up on March 2 – a Wednesday evening after clashes against Villa (home), Southampton (away), Norwich (away) and Sunderland (home) – that will be fun!

The return of Sakho allows the manager to return to the way of playing which gave us such amazing early results with the main man running the channels and allowing Payet and Lanzini to move into the holes he creates and cause havoc.

If we can get to grips with the lower level teams who are more interested in stopping us than playing us, we are going to be in a very good place come May and I will make this  bold prediction.

I see ten points from the next four games because I agree whole heartedly with the boss: “This is indeed a very good team indeed which has surpassed every expectation.”

It’s been said many times but this is an amazing time to be a Hammer.

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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

7 comments on “Top four awaits and a bold prediction

  1. As a fan from the 50s till today I am sure this current hammers squad is the best I have seen. perhaps my memory is not what it was, but I can recall many great players that have worn our colours, you all know their names, but there were always other players with them who were just making up the numbers. But we now have a team to be proud of. and when I say team I include the owners, manager, and coaching staff. Of course we will draw games and lose games. We may also be dissapointed with our performance sometimes. But this is a club on the up, and we should sit back and enjoy the ride. And avoid the urge to moan and groan whenever we hit a blip in form, which we surely will. COYI.

  2. Agreed lad . Lanzi I and sakho Hugh ? Yes a truly wonder full pair of players but Antonio and
    Valencia will have to make way ?? On current form and management honesty ( jenks not included , I now feel like he is a plant to alter results for the goons ??? ) they will have to wait
    Their chance I feel . The lads were grill last night but to keep that level of performance up will be difficult , so everyone must keep on board that we are in the making and not get to over the top and making heartfelt remarks and losing touch with reality . This team is not the finished article so although we are all pleased with what is going on we need to just enjoy and calm down , the lad makes some good points above , there will be good and bad on the horizon , just look at last weeks first half display tells a story . We have our team back and there’s a new book being written, this is the first chapter ! And we can’t wait for the second ? Let alone the finished novel . Great sides have great players on the bench willing to sit and wait their chance ! We ain’t their yet but its a challenge for Bilic to achieve that goal ! Its new territory for everyone !! Just enjoy the good and the bad , personally beating the spuds is a priority and beat them well cos they are not better than us, they are a team of sneaks and divers , ( pochetino ) . Not many nights left at the old girl, gonna miss her dearly
    Its a part of me 53 years boy and man attending, gutted really , enjoy everyone Bilic and the board have given us dreams again !
    COYI!!!!!!!!!!S

  3. If Song and Noble can work that hard every game and hunt the midfield down the gifted players will create the chances with Byram on the right with Antonio working hard in font of him and Cessie on the left working with Kouate and Valencia we have great outlets,
    Entertaining every game and now home is beginning to be the fortress all great clubs need to build on,
    Pinch myself every day even with the injuries we have had we are top draw,
    Now we need to put up the NOT FOR SALE SIGNS,
    get Lanzini on the books send back the other loanees bring home Samulsun,Poyet and others,
    We are probably one good defender and a fit CF away from pushing for the title
    COYI

  4. Yesterday was one of the best games I have ever seen at teh Boleyn. Have we ever had a more skillful player than Payet? If we had not had the terrible injuries – and I still haven’t forgiven Everton + ref Paul Tierney! I think we could have even been top 3, but I think the best we can do now is top 5. I would LOVE to be proved wrong!! COYI! Happy Hammertime!

  5. Totally agree about Lanzini & Sakho but I thought the game was screaming out for Carroll to come off of the bench with 15 mins to go, scare the hell out of their CB’s and nod home the last minute winner.. if he had been on the end of that last second chance we would have got the 3 pts

    Just goes to show we do have a fantastic squad.. I think we only need to replace the 3 J’s – JOB, Jenks & Jelly and we will be sorted …. My advice would be to go all out on a 20 – 25 goals a season striker no matter how much we have to pay him, that would almost guarantee us top 4 next season

  6. If Song can play like he did yesterday for the rest of the season we will have a chance, he was really important to us holding onto possession for longer periods and releasing the pressure on the back four and midfield. If Aguero wasn’t playing yesterday I am pretty sure we could have won that 4 – 0 but thats history now, the match against Liverpool next week could be really good, would definitely be handy to have Carroll back for that if not might be worth putting Jelly up front to expose their soft centre.

  7. To be top 4 we really need to win all our games in February.
    No Complacency against Villa,let’s put them to the sword and show the rest we mean business. Not sure Lanzini will be fit enough for this maybe on the bench.
    Southampton looks the toughest game,they’ll be wanting to push on with Charlie Austin wanting to prove apoint and have no Cup Commitments .
    We also need to beat Liverpool in the Cup first outing. A replay will mean playing Southampton on the Monday then the replay on the Wednesday, crazy scheduling.

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