No, I'm not talking about the results - they speak for themselves - I'm talking about the reaction of the so called fans, the guys who claim to support West Ham but who actually seem to want us to lose, so Grant will fail. Is it racism, out and out antiSemitism, as displayed by one former contributor to this site who was more obsessed with Zionism than Grant's tactics, or is it just the Zola hangover? Do this pressure group want Grant to fail so they can be proved "right" about the little Italian?
One fool on the half time report thread seeks to accredit Zola for our performance up until taking the two goal lead, and to blame Grant for what followed. According to this blinkered idiot, the improved football this season is all down to Zola, and the poor results are the fault of Grant. Never mind that we couldn't string three passes together under Zola, never mind that the team lacked any sense of shape, and never mind that the results were just as dire, Zola is still seen by these blind monkeys as a coaching and managerial genius who was cruelly cut off in his prime by the Jewish Gold. Of course, this same clown blames Curbishley for our defeat last season at Birmingham because Zola lost with Curbishley's team!
The critics were sharpening their knives again yesterday because Grant FAILED to change things around when we went two goals ahead. I can see the logic. We had the advantage, why not change the tactics to keep what we had, changing to 4-4-2? I advocated the same thing. However, there is a counter argument. We went two goals ahead because we were playing 4-3-3. Imagine the ire if Grant had gone 4-4-2 and Birmingham had still saved the game! What an idiot the manager would have looked then!
And Grant had reason to be wary. The previous week, we were doing well UNTIL Grant made the change, bringing on Faubert to see us through to a point; and Arsenal promptly scored, courtesy of a Faubert error. Look how quick the critics were to jump on Grant then. One even blamed him for using Faubert to mark Walcott, even though Theo was playing on the opposite flank! It was Cliche who crossed for the Song goal, not Walcott, but why let details get in the way of an argument?
The results were poor at the start of the season - but predictable. The shocker was the defeat at home to Newcastle but, that apart, we have achieved par in terms of results, given the quality of the opposition. We played well for most of yesterday's game. We played well at Arsenal. We played well away to Stoke, at home to Tottenham and away to Sunderland in the Cup. Once the first team players were on the pitch, we did well against Stoke in the Cup too. We were robbed by a very bad refereeing error at Wolves and, arguably, the referee cost us the game yesterday too. We are playing better than we played at any point last season under Zola and I remain convinced that results will come.
Grant has inherited a squad of players traumatised by last season. That's not his fault, it's Zola's. He has got them playing as a team - something that was beyond the Italian - and we do not look like a team that is heading for relegation when we have the ball. Defensively, we are still frail but a large part of the problem there is Green - and the Zola fans are supporters of England's number 666 too! If, however, they got their heads out of their backsides and smelt the coffee, they would see that Foster saved the game for Birmingham yesterday and Green, not Grant, gave a helping hand to the Blues.
I was a critic of Curbishley from the start because of his boring, crude tactics - he did not belong at West Ham. I became a critic of Zola when it became obvious that he could not organise a piss up in a brewery. I retain faith in Grant because we are playing in the West Ham way and looking good for great chunks of games. I have a hunch that one good win will bring another and another. We are not easy to beat now - even Arsenal struggled; the next step is to get us winning. But for some of our so called fans, that would be a nightmare. They have forgotten who they support, they think the club is called Gianfranco Zola Disunited!