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.’