West Ham fans aren’t used to seeing their team win too often at St James Park.

Only one victory for the Hammers at Newcastle since 1998.

The West Ham fans pressured the owners last season and they responded with a new manager and £100m spent in the summer.

After initial optimism they no longer sound Happy Hammers, apart from the odd optimist below.

Only one win since September and a growing injury list, interesting comments from West Ham fans below, ahead of facing Newcastle United.

West Ham fans comments via their top ‘Knees Up Mother Brown’ message board:

‘Damn nuisance that NUFC have hit form but to win 4 in a row would be as rare as a trophy for them.’

‘Newcastle may well have won their last three matches, Watford , Bournemouth and Burnley and while those results were a huge improvement on their first few encounters they still only won by one goal in each of those games , they’re not what you’d call a ‘ High Scoring Team ‘ .

West Ham on the other hand put 3 past Everton and Manchester United and 4 past Burnley and while we may have lost 0-4 on Saturday we still created enough chances to score 4 of our own .

It’s a sign of a good team and I just love what Pellegrini has brought to us , it’s almost like going back to the 1970s and 80s , if we hadn’t suffered from so many injuries to key players I believe we’d be comfortably top 10 by now.’

‘They look on us as their soft touch every time they they play us ask any barcode.

Getting rolled over up there has got to by law of averages end some time I hope it starts in this next game and we turn up ready to battle, we need a good result against fellow strugglers for a change.’

‘You aren’t wrong mate, I have lived up here over 22 years and I can’t recall too many victories. The last one I remember was Nolan getting the winner a few seasons back which obviously upset the locals much to my delight!

3 Wins on the trot has taken them from the doom and gloom of relegation certainties in their eyes back to King Rafa’s Black and White Army.

I have managed to get a couple of tickets up in the away end and I am looking forward to a couple of pre match beers in a great football city followed by hopefully a decent Hammers performance and an Andy Carroll winner off the bench, now wouldn’t that be nice!’

‘I can’t see any chance of a clean sheet. How many are we capable of putting away? A 2-1 loss, I reckon.’

‘Will we actually turn up? Still far too many minutes across this season of utter indifference. I predict an absent/indifferent first half. A better second half.’

‘3 wins on the bounce for them, Burnley were pretty awful last night but Newcastle passed the ball around them and kept the ball pretty well, should have scored at least 4 last night.

Will be a tough game for us, a draw is a good result at their place.’

‘Yeah, soft underbelly, benevolent West Ham who would prefer not to be there will gift them 3 points just as we always do.’

‘We really are a poor team.

Yes 100m went in but that was years after not spending anything and making a profit on one window so not that much really.

If they spend in january and again in the summer we may have a chance of improving but 100m has seen us stand still. we are 14th and 4 pts off the bottom. the usual west ham position.

A draw would be a good point for us up there but will see us drop further down the table.we need some wins asap.’

‘I am not getting the view that we have shown other than when we played a depleted Everton side anything on our travels to suggest that we should expect a result at Newcastle?

Huddersfield should have beaten us comfortably on our last away outing so I struggle to see where the optimism is coming from to turn over a team that has just won 3 on the spin?

Based on what I saw last night and what I have seen of us and Newcastle this season, is that we will struggle to score but will concede so a 1-0 defeat surely is the most likely outcome?’

‘How depressing that almost every post I’m reading is dreading the prospect of Newcastle away?

I thought that having MP at the helm was meant to change this fear of rubbish teams.

Newcastle are absolutely awful. In my heart i’m seeing a 0-2 win… but unfortunately like most others, we tend to know how this plays out.’

‘We probably won’t keep a clean sheet yet again, so it’s a question of whether we can score a goal or two to even get a draw.

 Lot depends on Arnie’s fitness, which began to worry me even before he limped off on Saturday.’

‘We are far from poor, we are playing the best football we’ve played for years, we are creating more chances than I can remember. Poor is something we are not.’

‘You’d have said that about Newcastle four games ago too. They had just 2 points on the board and had just been beaten 1-0 at home to Brighton.

All of a sudden, a drab 0-0 at Southampton, a squeaky 1-0 at home to Watford, very fortunate 2-1 at home to Bournemouth (B’mouth were poor and still could have won) and fairly comfortable 2-1 at Burnley (they were given a two goal lead in 20min) has changed their season.

We can absolutely go up there and get at least a point. They are not exactly free scoring and they are susceptible at the back.’

‘What is this, they are weak at the back misnomer?

That is about the only thing they are any good at.

Say what you like about Rafa, he does have his teams defend properly. Although they may not be very good, or exciting to watch, they seldom get stuffed by anybody. Although they have only scored 3 home goals so far, they have conceded just 5 (ED It is actually 6 scored and 10 conceded at home.’

‘Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester all went there and scored 2 in Newcastle’s first four home games of the season.

Brighton and Bournemouth also went there and scored. The only clean sheet they managed was Watford (who hit the bar, had one cleared off the line, put countless chances wide in the fist half and then put one over the bar from six yards out in the final few mins – Newcastle had one decent shot on target and won the game).

They are very susceptible on the break and will give us chances. The issue of us taking those chances remains and puts us very much in the same boat as Watford. We could go there and lose, we could go there and win.’

‘Truth be told, I don’t fancy us to keep Rondon quiet from set pieces at all so we will need to score up there. And the way they defend set pieces themselves, Big AC might actually be our best bet.’

‘Some thought this would be a walk over! LOL! We will have few of those currently!

Strikers looked hot last night (at Burnley) for Newcastle.’

‘Whatever happened to this string of winnable games against the lesser sides?’

‘They’re still there.. still winnable.

Unless the fixture list has been changed..’

‘If Arnautovic is fit I can see us putting on a good show with a few goals scored .

Newcastle United 1 West Ham United 3] or

Newcastle United 2 West Ham United 2.’

‘I thought that starting with the Newcastle game, there was a string of winnable games coming up ?

This initially among them – now everyone would be happy for a point….’

‘The list of games are still winnable. They’re also still loseable or drawable for that matter.

The point is with a following wind and the rub of the green these matches could produce a decent points haul. If things go badly they could produce very little.

This bit of the season is where the real competition lies. If we’re to rise above the relegation fight we need to win some of these games.

If not we’re likely to spend the rest of the season looking over our shoulders. This Saturday we face a team we rarely beat away, who are improving after a poor start.’

‘Big game for both the team and the manager. Must get a point minimum.

The next batch of games will define what sort of season we have. If we play the sort of football we have shown we are capable of then we should win most of them.

Mess this up and it’s going to be another nail biter.’



  • Themoscow72

    Yes a change of manager and over £100m spent and what difference has it made none. Wish the protesters could see that building a team is the most important factor buying players who fit into Rafa’s system that counts. It does not matter what they cost as has been proved by our buys this season. Why pay £71m for a keeper when you can get one for £4m. Why pay £74m for a centre half when you can get one for £6m. On a different note West Ham lost their identiy when they moved to the new ground and sold it’s soul. I blame the greed of Sullivan, Gold and Brady as the fans have lost the club they loved maybe forever unless they move.

    • Peaky

      Not having it with your player valuations but totally agree with your last sentence regarding Sullivan,Gold & Brady….odious….all 3 of them.

      • Themoscow72

        I think our keeper is as good as the £71m one and Fernandez as good as the Liverpool centre half for £74m. Went to West Ham last season and although we won not looking forward to going back as it was a depressing experience as could hardly see our fans in the lower tier never mind the goal at the other end.

        • Ram Kishore

          But they still look threatening imo. They create enough chances. Despite the results it seems the fans are behind their manager.

        • Wor Lass

          I`m sort of with you on this but I have to say that Van Dijk is as good as they come. He could play for any club in Europe.

          • Rich Lawson

            But he tarnished himself being a sulky boy at Southampton.If you are given a contract show some class and honour it.

          • Wor Lass

            Who does that nowadays though. Lazaar?

          • Rich Lawson

            Just saying these people are happy enough to sign it in the 1st place then decide they can do better elsewhere and the agent starts feeding the press etc.It’s 2 fingers to the club (that pays their wages if their injured or suspended) and the fans.I like the hard line Southampton took with Van Dijk initially,like to see more clubs do it.

        • Toon Arnie

          Fernandez is good but not in the same league as Van Dijk

          • Realist

            True, he’s better than van dijk.

          • Toon Arnie

            How do you know ? Highlights on YouTube ?

          • Realist

            Through studying his all round game when I’m at every home and away without fail, pretty straight forward really.

          • Toon Arnie

            800 loyalty points ? 900 ? 2000 ? Yeah yeah yeah – delusional.

          • Realist

            Looka, you asked me a question, so I replied with the only way I know, an honest truthful answer and you come back with another silly reply. Put it this way I’ve got more than enough to go to any game but I’ve put in the long hard miles for them. Personally I think Fernandez is a better buy than van dijk, no big deal eh.

          • Realist

            Modern day beer chucking in the concourse footy fans are obsessed with transfer fees. I remember when we bought Jacob Murphy and majority was in hysteria cause we spent a reported 12 million, 12 million for a one season championship flash in the pan. Ki on a free transfer and he’s quality.

          • S.G.M.

            Oh yes he is.

    • Toon Arnie

      Why pay £40m for a striker when you can get one for £5m…. errr hold on, that might not be the best example…

    • Toon Arnie

      The reason the protests are happening is because your hero refuses to let Rafa build a team and invest in the academy which exists to provide home grown talent ( without spending big ). He constantly puts obstacles in Rafa’s way as he arrogantly thinks he knows best – your argument makes no sense. Why do you think Rafa hasn’t signed a new contract ?

  • Realist

    🎶 He’s only a poor little hammer 🎶

  • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

    West Ham fan not happy, and bemoaning a lack of investment because they “made a profit in one window”

    Does somebody want to tell him?

    • Leazes.

      I see your fellow Intelligence operative was released….

      • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

        pardoned** officially.

        • Leazes.

          Bit silly to write on the visa application reason for visit ‘research investigation into security and defence’…. he should have wrote ‘nice holiday’…..

  • Peaky

    Why does Disqus allow pop ups through every time I’m on here saying I’ve won either a new iPhone or Argos vouchers ?? It doesn’t happen with any other site.

    • MadMag83

      Ashley’s running it

      • Peaky

        Don’t give him ideas….there’ll be pop ups of Penfold scantily clad in Donnay trainer socks and Lonsdale undercrackers If we’re not careful….😳😳

        • Coach Clagnut

          My mind….boggling at the thought.

        • MadMag83

          He’s probably already done the photo shoot.

        • Superdooperhooper

          That is the product of a diseased mind peaky

    • Mrkgw

      Glad you said that Peaky – I get exactly the same. Started on this site and now happens on others as well. I fear that my ipad and mac are infected. Not good.

      • Peaky

        I’ve managed to find a‘stop’ mail link from that sender,Green Flamingo I believe it is….whether it works or not remains to be seen…fingers crossed.

        • Mrkgw

          If you use apple, have tonight gone to Safari, Advanced, Website Data and cleared it. So far so good……..!

    • Rich Lawson

      Use the advanced add blocker,I can’t get ch4 or ch5 iplayer’s because of it,but who cares, it takes out everything else.

  • Paul Cannell

    Their post match comments will be asking for Rafa as their next manager.

    • Dingus

      Again

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    Anyone who thinks we susceptible at the back hasn’t watched a single match of ours this season or even bothered to look at the table… Outside of the top 4, only wolves and Everton have conceded less. Typical clueless Hammers. 1-0 either direction.

    • Toon Arnie

      Through the middle we’re very strong but I think we can be exposed a bit on the flanks – Yedlin in particular.

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        One day, very abruptly. Yedlin is going to lose a step. And without his tremendous speed to rescue him, he’s going to bottom out very quickly. But until then, I’m glad he’s on our side.

        • Toon Arnie

          I like him as well but more as an attacking force and he’s shaky positionally.

  • robbersdog

    The Hammers fan who said that we’d be unlikely to get four wins on the spin was quite right. If it happens, I’ll be doing cartwheels, but I have a horrible feeling that we’ll be coming down to earth with a bump on Saturday.

    • gallowgate26

      Was it not last season where we won 5 in a row? I felt like you after game 3 and 4 as well but sometimes a team just goes on a run of form.

    • KennySamsung

      Have faith

  • Dingus

    After those “top 6” teams, the premier League is pretty even. Anyone can find themselves in a relegation battle. Our best card is Rafa, which is why, as always, I’m expecting a home win. Despite being severely disabled by the owner, he keeps us in games, and frequently finds ways to get us on top in those tighter games against the likes of the hammers. I wouldn’t be surprised at an away win as they do have some good players. They just don’t have the luxury of Señor Benitez

  • gallowgate26

    It’s a misnomer that we had a poor start. We played 5 of the top 6, from the ‘league above’. West Ham, Bournemouth and Watford would all have been in the same position as us if they’d had our run of fixtures. The game against Burnley proved that there are worse teams and we can compete with the bottom 14.

  • KennySamsung

    “I hope we HAMMER these cockneys by 3 … how dare they think we are one of the lesser sides.. choke on ya jellied eels on ya big fat city arses, ya bubbles will burst on Saturday”