Would you believe it? All this talk of relegation, all this talk of Grant being an idiot, all this talk of the players being incompetent, demotivated, useless, disinterested, gutless, hopeless, dispirited...and then this!
People suggested that Christmas might have been a false dawn, that 8 points from 4 games was just a blip in an otherwise miserable season, that the festive period was merely that little final jump in the flat line before the continuous beeeeeeeepppppp sounded and the sheet was pulled once and for all over the face of the patient. What did they know? O ye of little faith! Now bend your knees and pay homage at the alter of Avram!
Have you ever seen such a performance? Have you ever seen such a show of unity? Have you ever seen such spirit, commitment, resolve or determination? And to think, some idiots wanted Pardew reappointed at West Ham. Some idiots suggested it was a mistake to sack the guy in the first place. One idiot even chose to recall the last time West Ham played a Pardew team, back in the days of Curbishley, when we were tonked 4-0. What does that idiot know! He even suggested yesterday that Wolves wouldn't go down. Wolves! Who tonight were humiliated in a game against no hopers Chelsea!
But back to tonight, back to a back line so brilliantly drilled and organised by tactical maestro Wally Downes, back to the mighty Ben Haim, James Tomkins, Matthew Upson and Danny Gabbidon. Charged with keeping out a team made up of players that together had scored 13 goals so far this season and a strike force that totalled one Premiership goal between them, they were unbelievable.Green didn't make one save of note all night! Incredible!
And what a performance from the midfield unit of Sears, Parker, Kovac and Noble! Such energy, such vision, such speed of thought, such quick feet, such wonderful interplay, such sublime passing, such brilliant tracking of midfield runners! And then, after the break, the introduction of midfield general Behrami and master finisher and set piece taker Victor Obinna!
And up front, Piquionne and Cole, the Twin Towers of this incredible performance!
I watched the three episodes of the Godfather this week. If I was Grant, I would politely decline a lift home in Gold's Rolls Royce tonight. He should stay on the team coach and share the journey home with our team of heroes, those West Ham men good and true who, in typical fashion, went up North and gave their all for the club, the shirt and the travelling fans.
Relegation candidates? You're having a giraffe! Playing like this all talk of candidates is redundant.
Are you serious?