YES…YES…YES – dreadful game fantastic result


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West Ham 1 Swansea 0

First things first – well done crowd – every single one of you…you were magnificent from start to finish on one of the most anxious afternoons any of us have experienced.

From the loudest ‘Bubbles’  in a long time at the start until the relieved crescendo of noise at the end the players and club could have asked no more of you.

I rate you 11 out of 10!

You had to watch a very poor game of football, probably as bad as any of us can remember but what the hell,  only one thing mattered and it happened to leave us eight points clear of Swansea via a fantastic shot from Cheik Kouyate who for me is West Ham captaincy material.

He had so little to aim at but from outside the box fired home a beauty which gave Fabianski absolutely no chance and relieved any last lingering fears of relegation almost entirely.

It lifted us into the 14th place and with Hull losing at Manchester City means we are now six points clear of them and looking good for safety.

For reasons which we will discover soon both Sakho and Carroll were left on the bench with Ayew playing as the nine.

There were two huge downsides – Antonio went off with a hammie and Mark Noble will miss two games through suspension for his tenth yellow of the season.

To be honest Swansea were pitiful but still caused problems as we fell back in the second half and Darren Randolph looked like a keeper who was bereft of confidence at times.

But Collins and Byram did well and Lanzini was outstanding although Fonte was again left for dead on too many occasions.

Never mind all that matters was that priceless Kouyate strike. Now let’s hope the lads can all relax a bit and start to play some real football in the upcoming games.

Oh and the ClaretandHugh flag flew for the first time – we knew it would change our fortunes!!! LOOOOOL


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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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  • bubbles says:

    Antonio loss very bad news but the best news of the season so far …. NO NOBLE for next two games. Every cloud has a silver lining . COYI

  • Thiucgshaun says:

    Can’t say it enough. Shut up you idiot about Noble.

  • John says:

    Just got home. It was an ok performance, not as bad as Hugh says in my view, the crowd were immense. That’s another myth burst put out by the haters, if the fans want to make the stadium noisy they will. I think the roof design really does bounce the noise around.

    Ginge and Byram were brilliant and Noble was a great skipper. Lanzini had a good game too.

    The site flag was awesome. Claret & Blue Army. Shameful advertising on Hugh and Sean’s part of course :))

    3 points at Sunderland next week now.

  • mooro66uk says:

    What ya gonna moan about for the next 2 weeks?

    • Stratford E20 says:

      I think that the long suffering fans of West Ham deserve to moan after five successive defeats and a dreadful season. Perhaps those that don’t moan don’t really care.

  • Wembley1980 says:

    Do you not see anything to moan about then ?!

  • Carrerageorge says:

    No way was this a dreadful game.It was a solid professional performance, despite fielding a team decimated by injury, against a Swansea team who led the Spuds until the final minutes on Wednesday.Our first clean sheet since Palace with about half our first choice players not starting.
    Snodrass was dire, again, and Nobles’ booking foolhardy but Noble put innavdecent game and effort.

  • MattyJL7 says:

    It wasn’t a dreadful game. West Ham played well. Looked like a couple of dodgy refereeing decisions yet again from where we were sitting in the Bobby Moore stand, but West Ham should have won that match 3 nil. Still, well played lads. Up the Irons!

  • Michael Miller says:

    Yes, it was a poor game but West Ham deserved to win. At the game I hardly remember Darren Randolph making a save, but I’ve seen the hi-lights (?) on Sky this morning and Randolph was flapping about on several occasions and looked really poor.

    Whoever’s in charge next season there’s a lot of work to be done, the Squad needs a large injection of real quality and pace – big money needs to be spent wisely if there’s going to be any progress.

    It’s been a really poor Season – it’ll be a relief when it’s over but there’s a big job to be done in the Summer.

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