West Ham 3-0 Sheffield United: Hammers cruise past Blades

David Moyes (West Ham manager) at the EPL match West Ham United v Burnley, at the London Stadium, London, UK on 16th January, 2021. English Premier League matches are still being played behind closed doors because of the current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, and government social distancing/lockdown restrictions.

David Moyes says it “nearly feels uneasy” talking about our place near the top of the Premier League after we beat bottom club Sheffield United.

Declan Rice’s penalty, a header by Issa Diop and a third from substitute Ryan Fredericks lifted us temporarily into the top four and a Champions League spot after a sixth West Ham win in eight league games.

“We’ve got five games before April and if we make it to there it might start hotting up. But it nearly feels uneasy talking like this. The teams around us are top, top teams and we are going to have to play incredibly well to be there. But I think we’ve got another gear or two to what we’ve shown tonight.”

David Moyes

Is Europe beckoning for the Hammers?

Our phenomenal form after last season’s struggle shows no sign of going off the boil. Having spent last term locked in a relegation battle, we are now level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea.

When Harry Redknapp’s class of 1998-99 finished fifth in English football’s top flight, they accumulated 57 points. Victory over the Blades moved us to 42 points with another 42 to play for, and we have to be considered serious contenders for Europe next season.

Our latest win was down to one moment of madness and one moment of brilliance – Basham’s clumsy foul on Lingard and Fabianski’s save to deny McGoldrick at 1-0.

Fabianski had a busier game than he would have liked while at the other end Aaron Ramsdale denied Vladimir Coufal after he found himself with just the keeper to beat.

But Fredericks sealed a polished team display with the third after a lovely assist from fellow substitute Said Benrahma.

With forward Michail Antonio due back from injury, we look in decent shape with the business end of the season looming.

“Our form after lockdown was good and a couple of signings have worked really well for us, and the players have kicked on. I think we have another level. It’s a very good result, very few teams will get three goals against Sheffield United.”

David Moyes

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