Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Pompey's Victory Over Tottenham May Be Bad News For West Ham
Tonight will tell. For some time now, West Ham fans have been telling me that Wigan are a key to our survival. According to this reasoning, Wigan have the toughest run in of all the teams at the bottom because they have a couple of unwinable games. Great. But what these calculations fail to take into account are home games against Pompey and Hull.
To be honest, I think these arguments were born of desperation. Everybody saw Hull's game at home to Burnley as an easy three points for the injured Tigers and expected this to kick start their Great Escape. If Hull weren't going to drop, then who was? Let's pretend Wigan have a terrible run in to make ourselves feel better!
Tonight the Wigan theory is put to the test. If they beat Portsmouth, they are all but safe. A home win against Hull would then almost certainly take them out of our reach and, if they beat Pompey, I'd imagine we would be desperate for Wigan to defeat the Tigers.
Unfortunately, Portsmouth go into tonight's game already relegated and with weary legs after Sunday's epic. Why should the Pompey players put their places in an FA Cup Final on the line by risking injury in 50:50 challenges? They now have the perfect showcase for their talents at the end of the season and have no reason to "Play up" in the remaining league fixtures as a result. I was cheering Pompey on against Spurs because it was such a romantic story, but looked at coldly, that victory was bad news for West Ham. Our desperation to see Spurs turned over may, in the long run, return to bite us.
Posted by Hammersfan at 18:20