Phil Parkes: We must not take a step back against the lesser sides after our unlikely run

I really hope we can kick on against sides around or below us

It’s great to be talking about positives for a change. When you look at the results – a draw away at Spurs and against Man City – I’d have taken that before the season started.

It was a shame about the Liverpool result because to have got a point at Anfield would have been a real bonus.

When you look at the goals for and against with Man City in recent seasons, it doesn’t make for good reading as a West Ham fan.

And we could have won that game in all honesty. We probably just needed a bit of luck to keep a clean sheet and it would have been a great three points.

The biggest disappointment of the Man City game was Antonio’s injury. He is going to be a big loss.

West Ham aren’t a one-man side but it’s still a huge loss for us because we haven’t got anyone who can do what he does.

I’ve never seen someone who gives that amount of effort every game. He’s become a real fan favourite. 

It’s up to Haller to fill the void after Antonio was the one keeping him out of the side. 

Haller is the most expensive signing in our history but it just shows that just because you’re the most expensive that you aren’t guaranteed a starting place.

Now we are going to see if he’s got the bottle and if he wants to prove to West Ham fans and the rest of the world that he was worth the money we paid for him.

Now is the time to show what he can really do. You never know it might turn out to be the making of him.

Sometimes you can’t get a game and then someone’s misfortune can be your good fortune.

Hopefully he puts in some good performances and scores some goals because that will really boost his confidence.

Heading into these November and December games off the back of some good results against good sides, I really hope we can kick on against sides around or below us.

We should be confident from the results we’ve had. Even losing 2-1 to Liverpool, we left Anfield really disappointed – that just shows how confident we are at the moment.

The Spurs game would’ve given the players so much belief that we aren’t a bad side and can make things happen. 

I just hope we don’t spend the next two months knocking the ball around and getting sucker punched by other sides and lose or draw games.

We have to have a go at them – like we did against Wolves and Leicester. We need to get a goal and then keep going. That’s the way we need to play right now. We have got the players to give most sides a really good game. It’s just a shame the fans aren’t there to enjoy the start we’ve had.

I was speaking to Alan Devonshire recently. His Maidenhead United side has had a great start but he was saying how tough it’s been without the fans. 

At his level, it’s the fans who help pay the way for the club. They really are the lifeline.

He was saying it’s just soulless with no atmosphere and it’s just like being on the training ground.

It’ll be even worse for West Ham with players used to playing in front of 60,000 fans. 

It makes you feel good when you have got the crowd behind you and you are a playing well. It’s a win-win situation.You feel like you want to go out and play all the time. This all makes a huge change to recent seasons where we have been towards the bottom, battling relegation and wondering where are points are coming from. If we can keep picking up points who knows what we can achieve this season. 

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