West Ham man sees “end of season panic stations”


By Hughie Southon

It’s very difficult to disagree with the thoughts of Football: London Hammers reporter Jonty Colman following his appraisal of where the Hammers may be standing as they approach the final lap of the season.

We have now suffered three defeats in a row and let’s not simply say: “Well what could you expect against Manchester City.”

We did enough in the first half to show that we could compete but as Pablo Fornals declared, fell to defeat via our own mistakes in the second.

It means we now have games against Man United and Leeds and away fixtures at Leeds and Leicester City.

There’s no free hit in there at all and as a result the one game we need to win to presumably be safe is going to be tricky.

And with players missing like Rice, Aguerd and Soucek things could be even more worrying and is summed up by Jonty in these words:

Three defeats in a row leaves West Ham just four points clear of the bottom three with four games to go, knowing they could really do with at least one more win to feel as if they have done enough to survive.

With a meeting against Manchester United to come next, and as many as six senior players potentially now absent, all of a sudden, it feels as if West Ham’s season could be drifting towards panic stations.”

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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!"

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