Despite the League position of tenth we are no better than a relegation side at the moment and as miserable week follows miserable week, nobody seems to have a clue how to make it better.
Two more games – oh God please make it end!
The goal that won it was of the quality we would all love to see West Ham produce – sadly we never even hinted that we were capable of such stuff.
Jack Grealish created it when the 19-year-old burst past Stewart Downing to flash as cross from the dead ball line Cleverley to prod into the empty net. It had been coming.
Earlier Bacuna fired a free kick narrowly over Adrian’s crossbar; Okore teed up Charles N’Zgobia, whose shot was blocked by Nolan and Delph picked out Cleverley whose volley was palmed away by Adrian.
Sam Allardyce finally decided to give Nene some real time introducing him at the start of the second period and immediately there was more impact.
He crashed a shot over Shay Given’s crossbar before a Collins header was turned over the top by the Villa keeper.
Nene was busy throughout the second period but there was no cutting edge to these Hammers and the inevitable introduction of Carlton Cole did nothing to change that.
In fact it was the hosts who almost extended their lead when Ashley Westwood’s effort went wide and Gabriel Agbonlahor screwed his effort wide.
It was poor but if any of us are entirely honest I don’t believe we expected anything else. Villa wanted it more; Tim Sherwood prowling the dug out area demonstrated that, as for the most part Sam Allardyce sat snugly in his seat.
A change of manager at Villa Park has shown what can happen at a club – how quickly things have turned around for the other team in claret and blue. Yes I am making a big point!
They are now all but safe and just four places behind us on 38 points. It tells me everything I want to know.