Out of the Cup but we need to keep marching on two fronts

Our upcoming games against Villa, Southampton, and Fulham look key to our fight to avoid the drop

Lucas Paqueta (WHU) at the West Ham United v Chelsea EPL match, at the London Stadium, London, UK on February 11, 2023.

What a difference a few days makes. From the high on Saturday evening after watching us demolish Forest to the low on Wednesday evening after watching us capitulate at Old Trafford.

We could’ve beaten United. We could have been looking forward to a home FA Cup Quarter Final clash against Fulham later this month. Instead, we must now refocus on another important month in the league and the Conference League.

But I must admit, despite our defeat at in-form United, I’m starting to believe again in Moyes’ Boys. Because before our game against Forest, I was worried. I feared we’d continue to stutter in front of goal, and I truly believed that Lingard would score the winner.

Even up to our first goal going in, it felt like another one of those days where things didn’t go our way. There just felt like a collective sense of relief when the third goal went in. A feeling of ‘we’re going to win this game now’, and there was definitely a swagger about us once more.

Now the task for Moyes’ Boys is to brush off the FA Cup defeat and use the confidence from the Forest victory to fire us to Premier League survival. Our upcoming games against Villa, Southampton, and Fulham look key to our fight to avoid the drop.  

Three wins in those games would almost certainly seal our Premier League status for another season. What’s pleasing at the moment is that I don’t feel like we’re being dragged into the relegation battle, it feels like we’re getting ourselves out of trouble.

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