Big Sam swears by his statistics so let’s have a look at some of West Ham’s, starting at the beginning of December running through to the recent League Cup debacle against Manchester City. We’ve played 10, won once, drawn twice and lost seven times. In those games we have scored nine, which equates to 0.9 per game, and conceded 28, which works out at 2.8 per game.
It’s pretty shocking, with some horrendous results thrown in – and life doesn’t get much easier with this weekend’s visit of Newcastle, and then the away trip to Chelsea at the end of the month. So where do we go from here? Well, firstly, there is time to sort this mess out. We’re still only just over halfway through the season, injured players will return and there’s no doubt that the return of Andy Carroll will be a massive boost as we finally have some kind of goalscoring threat. Provided he doesn’t get injured again and we can give him some decent service, of course.
We’ve also had obvious defensive problems of late but these should also ease over the coming weeks with the return of key players such as Winston Reid. The theory is that some of these injured players might return against Newcastle United. If so, we might find that we’re a bit stronger and perhaps a touch more confident. We should also bear in mind that Newcastle themselves have suffered a bit of a blip in form recently, with defeats to Arsenal, West Brom and Cardiff City in succession.
I do think that we are capable of getting some kind of result out of this game but I have seen too often this season matches that we are capable of winning, only to see the team go down, sometimes without a fight. I am predicting a draw, which probably isn’t enough to abate our supporters. And of our chances away to Chelsea? Well, with confidence low, everything points to another defeat. The only thing I can throw into the mix in terms of positivity is that a few seasons ago, a certain Paolo Di Canio scored a sensational goal in a 3-2 win and we were really struggling that season too.
Sadly, we ended up getting relegated that season, so perhaps, that’s best forgotten about too. I am determined to be positive about our game against Newcastle so here are a couple of things to remember if you’re going to the game.
Firstly, the crowd will be incredibly important. It’s so tempting to boo when things are going against us but the players really need the support of the crowd. We’re the best fans in the world and we will need to show that. Secondly, things have been extremely difficult of late but the best way of looking at our current predicament is that our season starts here. We have 17 games to save our season starting this weekend. There’s plenty of time to go and a lot can change. It’s not all over yet.