West Ham fans may have seen their team pick up two wins and a draw from their last three Premier League matches but everything isn’t all sweetness and light.
After a draw and three defeats in his first four games, David Moyes has seen his side beat Chelsea, draw with Arsenal and win at Stoke in the latest trio of league matches.
However, there has been considerable unhappiness after Moyes played a seriously weakened side on Tuesday night, the Hammers losing 1-0 at Arsenal in the League Cup. Giving up the chance of a semi-final spot not going down very well.
This is not to say the fans are turning against the new manager but I think when you read the comments below, it appears David Moyes still has a long way to go to totally convince the club’s fanbase, whereas the media have been quick to seize on the recent three league games as proof he is showing his abilities.
Interesting to see how many West Ham fans are doubting whether they will beat Newcastle, despite the Magpies having lost eight and drawn one of their last nine games.
Manuel Lanzini is clearly seen as their player who can break down the opposition and the home supporters are worried about his absence, Lanzini completing a ban for cheating and missing Saturday’s game.
West Ham fans comments via their top ‘Knees Up Mother Brown’ message board:
‘The two Uniteds clash, nothing less than three points will suffice after we threw the Cup game.’
‘Before Lanzini’s ban I felt quite confident that we would win this.
The problem we have now is that we have no creativity without him. That was obvious from last night’s game (1-0 League Cup defeat at Arsenal), and it needs to be addressed in January, but I doubt it will be.
On that basis, although I obviously want the 3 points I would be ok if we draw and have Lanzini ready for the Xmas period.’
‘It will be amusing seeing the Club’s first choice manager arriving in town managing a Club actually below us in the **** for brains stakes.
If I was Ashley, I’d turn up with a copy of Kazza’s (Karren Brady) weekly diatribe blaming him for non-investment, vomit in her fireplace and offer her a zero hours contract.
It’s said not be a circus at West Ham anymore, but on Saturday the mascot is a poodle on a monocycle.’
‘A sequence of completed passes? A few shots on target? After witnessing last night, that will be enough to get my pulses racing.’
‘Looking forward to Newcastle takeover announcement this Friday and all their players and staff getting a bounce.’
‘Last night felt like a friendly. Let’s hope the lacklustre team and poor individual performances are out of the system for the weekend.’
‘Does anyone know if the planned “protest” by the real west ham supporters group is still going ahead at the Newcastle game. Last I heard they were going to release black balloons. Im not planning to protest myself, just keen to know if others will be.’
‘I think if we keep another clean sheet, and we should, we will win this game. There’s at least one goal in that team somewhere. I keep saying the same thing, but staying tight at the back will lead to us climbing out of this mess with the talent we have further up the pitch.’
‘I was looking forward to the game, but after last night’s pitiful effort for the sake of this game, I don’t think I give much of a **** if this is what it’s come too. :asleep:
Good luck to all those that are excited about it though. I just feel like I’m just going through the motions.’
‘We are not (playing like) the same team that Newcastle beat in August & I will be very disappointed if it’s not 3 points for us.
AND at least the players have had a rest since Stoke.’
‘West Ham on the up and Newcastle having not won a league game in nine worries me that we’ll be THAT team that we always are and slip up. Nothing but three points in this one to really kick on.’
‘This is a real test for Moyes as clearly he has prioritised this match over the Arsenal game.
I’m definitely up for it. We have played well in a home game against a team below us in the league about once or twice in the last year, so it’s about time the team got a performance and result for us against beatable opposition.
However, without Lanzini it might be more of a grind. I can see a 2-1 in our favour.’
‘Completely disinterested in this one after I wasted my time & money at the Emirates on Tuesday.’
‘Huge game for us.
A win would take us 5 points clear of the relegation places and we can start looking up instead of over our shoulders. Time to forget the midweek game and move on, it’s not ideal, I’d like us to have given it a bit more of a go but it’s not like he put out a team of kids and we didn’t have many other options.
I’m fully behind Moyes now after being fuming at his appointment and think he is doing a good job.
Down to us to get behind the lads on Saturday because the Geordies definitely will!’
‘Big 3 points on offer if our thin squad can cope.
There was no one else really to call on (on Tuesday) unless you wanted Carroll at right back. This just shows the true unbalanced nature of our squad. Arnie needed a break.
Feel for the 7000 (West Ham fans at Arsenal) but with football (unlike the opera) you cannot guarantee your going to see the best available players unfortunately. If you buy tickets to the Cara Cup you know there is a good chance you’ll only see half a team.’
‘Newcastle are a team that I’ve always been happy enough to split the overall points between us in a season. And after our worse than dismal performance there, we really do need to win this one.’
‘Lots of options for this one.
Hard to argue against the same line-up as Stoke, but Newcastle don’t have the same big lumps up front so Reid has to get back in for Collins – more mobile.
Tactics-wise we’ll see both teams parking the proverbial bus. Best football we’ve played this season is clearly on the break so patience will be the order of the day and yet again we’ll have to see if we can nick a couple of goals after hurtling down the pitch as fast as our collective little legs can carry us.
Won’t be pretty but if we’re lucky we’ll see a couple of goals on the break to end what might largely be 90 minutes of monotony.’
‘Think Newcastle could be the relegation ‘yardstick’ this season.
Finish above them and you’ll probably be okay. Below them and strong chance of going down.
Win Sat and we are 5 points clear of them. That’s a decent buffer.’
‘I would imagine a lot of other clubs’ fans think that about us this season.’