Success in Europe papered over the disappointing cracks of March

When I look at the month of March as a whole, I’m sure you’ll agree it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster.

It’s only when I sit down to write this column that I truly reflect on the month we’ve just experienced.

My initial feeling as I sat down to type was of pure elation when reminiscing about our Europa League victory over Sevilla. But actually, when I look at the month of March as a whole, I’m sure you’ll agree it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster.

The defeat down on the south coast in the FA Cup against Southampton’s B team was a hard way to begin the month. This was followed by another defeat at Anfield where we could and should have left with more before we headed to Spain, and again were unlucky not to have got something from the game.

Then Yarmolenko pops up with a goal against Aston Villa that, as the stadium announcer said, was a goal for Ukraine as well as West Ham.

Then my gut feeling before the Sevilla game was that the atmosphere would be incredible, our tired and weary players would give their all but that maybe our Spanish opponents would keep us at bay. The victory against the six-time Europa League winners was one of the greatest feelings I’ve had supporting West Ham.

But then this high was followed up by a disappointing defeat to rivals Spurs in yet another Kane and Son show.

Heading into April, I’m hoping for the best and fearing the worst. Would you be happy with victory over Lyon but more dropped points in the League? Brentford and Burnley offer us the chance to pick up valuable points in our push to secure a European space but will the minds of the players be elsewhere?

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