Monday, 3 May 2010
Zola's Record Breakers
What a season this has been for breaking records - thanks to Zola and his hard working, dedicated, highly skilled and brilliantly motivated squad of players. With Liverpool committed to a Europa League semi final game 3 days later, and stripped of top scorer Torres, many Hammers fans were hopeful that we might end a record stretching back to 1964 and actually win at Anfield. Sadly that record breaking achievement proved just beyond us. Well, put another way, we allowed Liverpool to stroll to a 3-0 victory without ever getting out of second gear.
Never mind, there was another record, almost as long in gestation, which we duly broke yesterday, losing at Fulham for the first time since 1966! Well done Zola and the boys, no other team since I have supported West Ham have managed to do that! And to think, Fulham were resting players and came into the game just 3 days after an exhausting Europa League semi final. All things considered, yesterday's defeat was an incredible achievement! Well done Zola! In Zola we trust!
No more incredible than managing to string together six consecutive defeats in the Prem of course. No other West Ham team has managed that either! Well done Zola! In Zola we trust!
But that's as nothing to the achievement of securing the lowest number of away victories in the Prem ever recorded by a West Ham team. Until this season, the record low was 3 away victories, this season Zola has masterminded just one away win! Well done Zola! In Zola we trust!
Then there is the fact that we have recorded our lowest ever number of victories in a Premiership season. The previous all time low was 10, even if we beat Man City...sorry, I will stop laughing in a minute...we will total just 9 wins this season. Well done Zola! In Zola we trust!
And, of course, this season has seen us record our lowest ever points total in the Prem. Even in the Great Escape season we mustered 41 points. Even under Roeder we struggled to 42. Under Zola, the total is 34. Of course, if we beat Man City...sorry there I go again...I'm getting stitch from all this laughing...sorry, even if Zola masterminds a victory over Man City, we will end up with 37, still 4 points shy of our record low. Well done Zola! In Zola we trust!
And of course, if we lose next weekend, we will share the record for the lowest points ever secured by a club to achieve survival in the Premiership. I'm sure we can trust Zola and his boys to land that record too! In anticipation, therefore, I would like to say well done Zola because in Zola we trust!
And of course Zola has his own record, stretching back over two seasons now. His win ratio to games played is the lowest of any manager in West Ham's history! (Ignoring Keen's one game spell!) Yes, it is worse than Macari's and Roeder's! Well done Zola! In Zola we trust!
And there's one more record that some of you may not have noticed, a player record this time. Zola has picked Spector to start in 22 Premiership games this season - and that is a record for Specs! I wonder, might there be some sort of obscure link between this record and the records outlined above? We might have to ask Steven Hawking to explore that one! Well done Spector! In Spector Zola trusts!
Posted by Hammersfan at 10:24