Football is a funny old game. West Ham’s back-to-back wins over Southampton and Liverpool have totally changed the perception of the season. Prior to the 2-1 win over the Saints, Slaven Bilic’s side had gone eight games without a win and, according to some, were in real danger of sliding into a relegation battle aft er Christmas.
However, now the Hammers are unbeaten in seven games, have only lost four all season and are back in the hunt for the Champions League spots. While both sets of statistics were true, the analysis should be somewhere in the middle. Certainly Slaven Bilic deserves some credit. While the run of draws in the build up to Christmas was frustrating the manager should be praised for making West Ham hard to beat while we had so many injuries. At one point we had Diafra Sakho, Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Victor Moses, Enner Valencia, Andy Carroll, Winston Reid and Aaron Cresswell all out injured.
Can you imagine how Arsenal would cope without Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Th eo Walcott?How about Manchester City without Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure? We are now well positioned to kick on over the second half of this season, to target a European spot in the league and have a real go at the FA Cup.
Our team is not the best in the division, far from it, but we have a good squad and a talented young manager who knows exactly what he is doing and handles himself with real integrity. It’s time to sit back and enjoy the ride.