“If people have been surprised by us so far, then that’s their fault for underestimating us. We added some more quality to the squad that we came up with in the summer, so we knew we had a chance of finishing in the top 10. We’re looking like we can do that.”
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These were the comments of Kevin Nolan following West Ham’s dogged win against Newcastle United at the weekend. These are unprecedented times for West Ham of recent times – this is our best start to a season for a quarter of a century and whilst occupying 6th place in the table we are also almost half way to the forty point mark.
So can we now be allowed to dream? Dream of a continuation of the same form, resilient defending and unprecedented consistency with the end result of a top 10 finish and the possibility of our foray into Europe since 2006?
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The short answer is no. Whilst it’s a great time to be a West Ham supporter we need to keep our feet on the ground and look towards our first goal for the 40 point mark and survival. Only when surpassing this goal can we start to dream and look at securing a comfortable mid table finish, or even dare to look into the top half.
Undoubtedly for the first time in a while we have a balanced squad and we are 12 points clear of relegation after 11 games but with games against Tottenham, Man U, Chelsea, Liverpool, West Brom, Everton before Christmas there is a chance that we could find ourselves closer to the relegation zone come the New Year.
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Perhaps I’m being pessimistic I just don’t think we should be getting carried away with ourselves. At least not until we beat Man U away and both Chelsea and Liverpool at home!
But what do you think do you think West Ham will be able to maintain our current form? Or will our dreams fade and die? Let us know.
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