Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Guest Post from Max Kellar on our Current Form

Looking up or down?
I’ve just finished watching Chelsea romp Villa 8-0 and quite frankly make them look incredibly embarrassing while doing so. This is the same Chelsea side that we beat 3-1 at home less than a month ago and dominated in the second half. However, with home defeats against Liverpool and Everton and a snore draw away at West Brom since then, things are not looking quite as rosy for us as we enter the thickness of the festive period.

Despite the 3-1 score line, I felt we were incredibly unlucky against Liverpool and we deserved at least a draw, having bossed the match for 75 minutes before Diame’s injury. The West Brom draw was yet another hard-fought, Allardyce-style draw which, to be rather honest, is not a bad result against a West Brom side who have upset many big teams this year. We all know that the Everton defeat was an absolute travesty of justice, to an even greater extent to the Liverpool loss as we had a very impressive result (possibly a win) stolen from our grasp by trigger-happy referee Anthony Taylor who was desperate to make a name for himself. He did so by producing a ludicrous red card against Carlton Cole for a tackle which I still don’t even feel merited a yellow card.

Despite the amount of justified finger-pointing we are able to do from the last few matches, the record states that we have gained only 1 point from our last 3 games, two of which have been at home. This quite frankly is not good enough. But before you let fly with your comments of "you miserable *&$@^*", I would say that results such as our wins against Chelsea and Newcastle and our draw against Man City mean that we can afford to drop some points against teams like Liverpool and Everton.

However, with us now sitting in 12th, 8 places  clear of the relegation zone, we are still in a position which we would have certain have taken at the start of the season. 12th would certainly be considered a success if we were to still be there come the end of the season. Despite the positivity, with Reading and Norwich coming up, we need too start picking up some points before losing becomes something of a habit. We have an opportunity to look upwards and possibly achieve a top half place before our recent hellish run of games repeats itself in March

Just before I finish, a note on something completely unrelated to football. I’d really appreciate it if you had a watch of this video. I’m not trying to kill your computers with any viruses or goad you into purchasing something, just have a watch. It really puts things into perspective this Christmas:

As always, follow me on twitter @maxkellar for any West Ham news, chat and updates. A very Merry Christmas to you and your families


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