Oh dear, Oh dear! It’s virtually impossible to know what to say after this mauling. That it came against Newcastle and will give my in-laws something to wave until we play them next – and who knows when that will be? – is bad enough. But the results of all the teams around us, the fact that our 'mini-revival' has seen us back at the bottom where we were before Christmas and the inept defending that made us a laughing stock, just tips this result off the scale.
Undefeated in five games and with seven points over the festive period is a situation I would have taken had it been offered a month ago, but the fact is Wolves are lifting points off of clubs like Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea and we are getting thumped by Newcastle and it means our revival isn’t worth a light. This is turning into a pretty odd season and I think we’re going to need to play like Champions to even keep up with everybody else. I can genuinely see a club going down with as little as two or three points behind a club finishing half-way. Can we do it? Not like this we can't
Yet again it seems that West Ham are going to have to do what comes hardest to us just to survive and that is wave the big cheque book and get in three defenders and a striker. That it will be virtually impossible is without doubt, that it will cost more than the club can afford is without question; but what are the options?
Against Newcastle, the fundamental defending errors were so numerous that it’s hard to know where to begin. So I won’t. Suffice to say that we can forget everything bar trying to get in the quality players that should have been purchased in the summer. Oh! – and if Roy Hodgson fancies aligning himself with a club more in keeping with his usual standard then I wouldn’t say ‘no’ either.
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