West Ham are now only three points off automatic promotion after an emphatic 6-0 win against Brighton. A stunning hat-trick from Ricardo Vaz Te helped take West Ham to a remarkable victory at Upton Park to reignite the Hammers chances of automatic promotion. The Irons brought an end to their recent home misery with a blistering performance against Gus Poyet’s side. The Hammers were 3-0 after 11 minutes at Upton Park and continued to dent the Seagulls’ chances of reaching the playoff places. The Hammers dominated throughout, with Vaz Te shining once again and Kevin Nolan also getting on the score-sheet to take his tally up to 12 for the season. So let’s see what we learnt from this remarkable victory.
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1) The emphatic win against Brighton shows that we can win at home. Going into this game the Hammers hadn’t won at home since February. The Hammers home form has been the reason that we have slipped into the play-off places, but the win yesterday can give the squad much needed confidence when playing at home, which is crucial for the dramatic run in which is beginning to
unfold. It also boost the confidence of the supports too, who now have new found belief in the team when playing at home.
2) Vaz Te has been the buy of the season.
The Portuguese winger/striker has been in scintillating form recently, scoring 10 times for West Ham since being bought by his former boss Sam Allardyce. The walking ‘Supercuts’ advert has scored vital goals since being signed in January transfer window, scoring tap-ins , long-shots and headers. Vaz Te is a versatile player, who can play out wide in a 4-3-3 formation or he can play as a striker either in a partnership in a 4-4-2 formation or as a lone striker. It is a worrying thought when you consider where we might be had Vaz Te not been bought in what originally seemed like a panic buy on transfer deadline day.
3) The atmosphere has not gone from Upton Park
The West Ham fans were in full voice at Upton Park, with the famous bubbles tune heard in the furthest reaches of East London. The team’s performance created a positive atmosphere at Upton
Park, something which has been missing for a number of years. Many people have said that a move to the Olympic Stadium is the only option for the Hammers as the atmosphere had disappeared
from Upton Park but today, every fan sang their absolute heart out, showing that creating an atmosphere at the Boleyn Ground is down to the fans.
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4) We can play exciting, attacking football
Today we played very well, but what will delight the Hammers fans more, is the style in which the team played. The ball was worked well through midfield with the likes of Noble, Nolan and Lansbury playing very well. The wingers found space and we looked dangerous every time we attacked. The Hammers could have won by an even bigger margin, showing the quality of the attacking movement and passing on show yesterday.
5) Playing 4-4-2 suits us well.
We looked strong with Vaz Te and Cole leading the line. It was a versatile formation, with the players given freedom to roam which created a lot of space for the likes of over-lapping wingback Matty
Taylor to exploit out wide. Vaz Te worked well playing off of Cole and Nolan, Noble and Lansbury had plenty of time in the middle of the park to dictate play.
A fantastic result for the Hammers and a vital victory leaving us now just three points away from Southampton in the chase for automatic promotion.
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