Thursday, 15 April 2010
Results Continue To Go West Ham's Way
How much longer will our luck hold out? There have been people bemoaning our luck because of injuries and refereeing decisions (although I think we have had more than the rub of the green there over the season) but where luck has favoured us thus far is in serving up some pretty rubbish teams in the Prem to aid our survival. Generally speaking, you aim at 38 points to survive but this season 35 will do it and 34 may even be enough. In fact, if results elsewhere keep going our way, we may already have enough to stay up!
There were three big results for us last night. The failure of Wigan to beat an understrength and knackered Portsmouth team was a huge bonus. Okay, ideally we wanted Pompey to win but did you see the game? Second half, Pompey barely got into the Wigan half. The only tactic was to get bodies between Wigan and the goal and defend in numbers, hoofing it up to the half way line by way of relieving the pressure. I think the ball actually got into the Wigan half five times in the second 45 minutes (apart from crossing the half way line on a clearance, falling to an unchallenged Wigan player and being returned immediately). Wigan looked good running with the ball but their passing, crossing and shooting were woeful.
The Tottenham victory was also good news because it drove another nail in Liverpool's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. Now there are two teams significantly ahead of them, both with a game in hand. Are Liverpool going to risk a less than fully fit Torres against us on the Monday when they play in the semifinal of the Europa League on the Thursday? What about Gerrard? Isn't this the ideal opportunity to give him a breather? Winning at Liverpool, even against their U19s is probably beyond us but if we could come away with a point, that would be a huge bonus. If only we had played for a point against Wolves, Bolton and Stoke, our position would be so much better now! We also need Tottenham actively engaged come the last game of the season when they roll into Burnley. I know we are playing Man City so we do not need them desperate to win, but I would fancy Burnley against a disinterested Tottenham more than I would fancy us against a Man City team who have already secured Champions League football. The big worry is which Liverpool will show up at Hull. I will be cheering on Athletico Madrid in the semifinals, hoping that Liverpool go to Hull needing to win to secure European qualification of any sort for next season!
And that is why the Villa and Everton draw was good news too, because it keeps both teams on the shoulder of Liverpool! Let's hope Pompey are allowed to take that Europa League spot too - failure to fill out a form should not rule them out!
Posted by Hammersfan at 09:42