Yesterday said it all. It as one of the most thrilling afternoon's of football in the history of the game, with five teams scrapping to save their Premiership lives, and West Ham were not only not involved in the drama, they showed up as lambs to the slaughter for a home fixture with a very, very, very ordinary Sunderland team.
I don't like Birmingham, but they fought all the way at Tottenham and a couple of mins from the end, so nearly took the lead and saved themselves. Their need to win the game was their undoing in the very final second of the match.
I don't like Blackburn, but their first half performance against Wolves was inspired given the pressure and the fact that a point saved them.
I do like Blackpool but thought they were a joke shop team, a pub side drafted in as Premiership whipping boys for a season; I couldn't have been more wrong. They went to Old Trafford and matched a strong Man Utd team for 73 minutes, taking playing for the shirt to new levels of determination. Their relegation is sad.
I have a regard for Wigan. Let's face it, they are Blackpool with knobs on. I've seen them play non league football in my lifetime. Their style of play is refreshing and they did what very few teams have done, they won at Stoke City.
And as for Wolves, at 3-0 down and with results going against them, they were dead and buried, but what a second half performance and what fantastic goals to save themselves! I like Mick McCarthy, always have since that Roy Keane business, and I was pleased to see him escape.
And what did all those teams have in common. Each of their players had more desire in his little toe over that 90 minutes than our entire squad has displayed over the whole course of this season. Yesterday was a day of shame for West Ham. The fans of Birmingham and Blackpool should still feel proud; they were unlucky to go down.