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David Moyes left cursing Newcastle United in Champions League challenge

2 months ago

David Moyes watched on as West Ham won away at Burnley on Monday night.

Bouncing back from an early Burnley penalty to win 2-1, though the Hammers were worth far more than a one goal win.

This is a remarkable season for West Ham and David Moyes, after 16th place and 39 points in total last season.

The Hammers have shown the rest of the Premier League a path to potential Champions League football, this is how the Premier League table looks on Tuesday morning:

As you can see, only four matches left to be played and the Hammers in fifth place on 58 points, already 19 points more than last season.

Whatever happens now, David Moyes and his players have had a brilliant turn around, doing it playing some really good football as well.

West Ham boss David Moyes now even admitting that missing out on Champions League football now, would be a disappointment, considering how they have performed up to this point:

“I’m hoping that with four games to go, where people still talk about us being in the Champions League, we want to keep going, we want to go right to the last day and maybe sneak in.

“And that is what it will probably take.

“It will probably take us winning all our [four remaining] games.

“If we made European football it would be an incredible achievement and I might admit…I think I’ll be disappointed if we don’t get there now.”

With Chelsea three points ahead and a better goal difference, on the surface it looks tough for West Ham to pull it around in only four matches. However, with Chelsea having their Champions League distraction with a possible final to come, it maybe opens the door for David Moyes, then when you look at the remaining fixtures for the two clubs, that door opens up a lot wider…

West Ham have Everton home, Brighton and West Brom away, then Southampton at home.

For Chelsea it is Man City away, Arsenal and Leicester at home, then Villa away.

When you look at West Ham’s season so far, it then really makes you think this could be their year.

In their 12 games against the ‘big six’ (which also includes ‘derbies’ against three of them – Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs), West Ham have a record of won 1, drawn 3 and lost 8.

However, against the rest, it is an astonishing case of played 22, won 16, drawn 4 and lost 2.

Amazingly, against the non-big six clubs, the Hammers have only dropped 12 points out of a possible 66 so far.

What is truly amazing for sure, is that of those 12 points, six of them were dropped against Newcastle United and are their only two defeats against the non-big six teams.

David Moyes will be left cursing the name of Newcastle United when looking at this Champions League challenge.

Six points off Steve Bruce’s team and West Ham would already be almost there when it comes to finishing top four.

David Moyes must have nightmares about Newcastle this season whenever he closes his eyes, as otherwise he and his team have shown the perfect example of how you don’t necessarily have to beat the so called ‘top’ teams to finish in and around the top. Instead, if you can week in week out keep a certain level and punish the rest of the teams, then any points from the ‘big six’ can be seen as just a bonus.

David Moyes must wonder just what did happen when they faced Newcastle this season, playing it back through his head repeatedly. West Ham were in some disarray as the season kicked off and Newcastle took advantage with two goals from their only two efforts on target.

Then just last month, a weakened West Ham had a first half at St James Park where everything that could go wrong, did so. Despite 2-0 down and a man down, in the second half the Hammers actually came back to 2-2 and looked likely winners even. Steve Bruce shamefully going all out defence for the entire second half against ten men and almost paying the price, astonishingly lucky that at 2-2 Joe Willock was given the last few minutes, came on and scored almost instantly, saving Bruce’s bacon.

I have no love for David Moyes or West Ham BUT I do really hope they can manage it this season, get top four and Champions League football along with Leicester.

It is ridiculous how pundits and journalists excuse Newcastle United’s total lack of ambition under Mike Ashley, employing a puppet Championship level Head Coach and not even interested in trying to be anything other than surviving in the top tier. Those in the media making out that it is impossible for a club like Newcastle to aspire to anything better, even though Leicester and now West Ham are showing just what can be possible if you try and do the right things and the opportunity arises.


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