Monday, 26 April 2010
West Ham Survive As Burnley Crash
Well how easy was that then? I predicted some time ago that 34 points would be enough to survive and so it has proved. I suspect we will now finish at least 5 points clear of the drop so that, in years to come, people looking at the final table will have no idea of the stress we have suffered. It is somehow appropriate that our survival was confirmed when we weren’t actually playing. Because let’s face it, we will be in the Prem next season due to the incompetence of others rather than because of our own efforts and ability.
Burnley duly caved in against Liverpool according to the script. First half, they acquitted themselves well and were unlucky not to go in ahead. But second half? Well Laws had given them a half time team talk!
The demise of Burnley was great news for us but, leaving aside parochial concerns, was sad. Their victory over Manchester United in the second game of the season will live long in the memory of Clarets fans, as will that epic game at Manchester City and their spirited hammering of Hull. Burnley, quite simply, were never good enough for the Prem, but they were well and truly buggered by the defection of Coyle to Bolton. I dearly hope Mr Coyle comes a cropper next season; I would love it, really love it, if Bolton went down. Betrayal merits painful retribution in my book! Our 2-1 defeat to Burnley under Laws says everything about the depths we have plumbed this season under Zola. Who scored our goal? Ilan wasn’t it? Has anybody yet worked out why our tactical mastermind Zola then preferred Mido to the Brazilian until that crucial goal at Everton?
Hull’s relegation was nailed on at the start of the season. The fact that we have been worried for so long that they might survive at our expense is further proof of how bad we are! How, on earth, did we let them come back from two goals down to lead us at the KC? Crikey, but for a sending off, we might have lost that game! Give them 2 more points and shave one off us, and we would only be three points ahead of them at the moment! I would say it would then be all to play for, but Hull could probably play until Christmas without winning another game. The appointment of Dowie was classic. Who relegated Newcastle last season? Shearer and Dowie! Shearer’s not available, so just get Dowie. Pearson had arrived back like a returning Messiah – just like Shearer at Newcastle when you come to think of it!
As for Pompey, well a lot of credit for our survival may be due to ‘Arry! You have to feel for the poor Pompey fans who, in classic fashion, were conned into mortgaging their home to pay for a Pyramid style ‘Arry con. I understand the argument that Pompey have deserved to come a cropper but we are in no position to chuck stones ourselves, given our house of glass. Of all the teams at the bottom, Pompey have played with the most passion and pride since their Administration was confirmed. Grant deserves huge credit for this and surely the whole nation will be cheering on the ex Chelsea man and his patched up team in the Cup Final. The elimination of Tottenham was great fun to watch: how fantastic would it be if they turned over the Plastics?
So, we are safe; but so what? Now the dust has settled, you have to marvel at how we ever got into such a mess in the first place. To finish below any of Pompey, Hull or Burnley would be the equivalent of finishing second to Dowie in a beauty contest!
Posted by Hammersfan at 06:55