December for West Ham was all about consolidation and being more pragmatic but the victory over Southampton at the end of the month was very much needed. It’s not been pretty to watch but one defeat in seven games and going undefeated for the whole of last month was what was required as we wait for some of our key players to return.
We all know Slaven wants us to be playing attacking football but last month showed he will not sacrifice results in a bid to entertain, and we ended 2015 in eighth place – surely we would have all taken that at the start of the season? As for the Southampton game, it was definitely a game of two halves. In the first half, I don’t think we could’ve played any worse defensively or in attack.
If someone had tapped me on the shoulder aft er 20 minutes and said we’d win the game 2-1, I would’ve thought they were having a laugh. But for the second half, we were a completely different side. It wasn’t rocket science that Bilic needed to mix things up but there’s changing things for the better and worse so hats off to him for making the right calls with formation and personnel on the night.
We are in a very healthy position at the moment and we’re looking forward and up the table, rather than down and over our shoulders.