George Parris: West Ham fans can look up the table with optimism

Moyes has done remarkably well considering where we were when he re-joined for his second stint

Looking back on 2020 as a whole from a West Ham fan point of view and the major highlight must be staying up in the Premier League last season.

When the Premier League came to a halt, we really weren’t in a great way and I think lockdown came at a good time for us.

Lockdown, football stopping and those few months that followed seem like such a long time ago now but looking back, it did us the world of good.

From Project Restart to the end of November – the results and performances we’ve had have been great. If there was a league table just for that period, we’d surely be near the top.

If someone had predicted before lockdown what happened, I don’t think you’d have believed them.

Another highlight for me from 2020 when it comes to West Ham is the fact I’ve been able to watch all the games and see how we have been performing.

It’s obviously been a good period to watch our games but I’ve really enjoyed being able to tune in and see the lads every game.

The emergence of Declan Rice, the performances of Antonio and the signing of Soucek have been other West Ham highlights. 

They are the first three names that come to mind but I’d also mention Bowen who has settled in well since signing in January and Ogbonna who has been consistent at the back.

Moyes has done remarkably well considering where we were when he re-joined for his second stint.

You’d like to think that now our mindset is looking up the table rather than over our shoulders

January hopes

Looking at our December games and what went wrong for us – I think you need only look at the Brighton game.

Moyes has said that we got it wrong how we approached that game. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and I’m sure if we had them again tomorrow, he’d approach it completely differently.

Because of how the game was, it was a point gained for us really but the right formation we would want to have won that game.

But, credit to Moyes and the lads, we then went out a couple of days later and got a good point at Southampton and we could’ve nicked it at the end as well.

With the number of changes he made for that game, I view it as a good point.

Looking at our games against Burnley, West Brom and Palace, we really should be aiming for nine points plus hopefully a couple of good FA Cup performances.

January could be a decent month for us but we cannot afford any slip ups if we want to push on and have a good season.

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