Ho Ho Ho!!! Time to put the feet up and relax. This year the nagging feeling in the back of your mind is not that we are still a significant number of wins away from relegation safety (although we are still one win sort of the magic ten wins to stay up rule!), but more whether we can maintain our push for European qualification.
This time last year we were ‘concerned’ at the injuries to all three of our centre backs, with the consequent gaping hole don the middle of our defence with Roger ‘The relegator’ Johnson ushered in as the main gatekeeper – and what a hole it turned out to be as Man City and then the mighty Notts Forest took full advantage and inflicted embarrassing thrashings upon those squad players who were still standing.
Sam out. Sam is Killing West Ham. A poll of 20,000 Hammers fans concluded that three quarters wanted a change of manager.
The board held firm. Stuck to their guns. The centre backs returned and we were a proper team again and cruised to Premiership safety. In the Summer they ‘assisted’ Sam by bringing in Teddy Sheringham. And took front seat on transfer activities, with the audacious capture of Alex Song on loan the pick of a bunch of mightily astute recruits.
Then it all went crazy as the new team gelled immediately. Sakho couldn’t stop scoring, Song was simply splendid, Cresswell and Jenkinson demonstrated what its like to have full backs with pace and quick feet, while the traditional spine of the team – Adrian – Reid –Tomkins-Collins-Noble all delivered their usual high quality contribution. Oh, and most importantly, Stewart Downing went feral in his more central role.
This is a story that was totally Inconceiveabubble this time last year!
Enjoy the turkey, and then its Chelsea for a stuffing tomorrow……probably!