Having suffered as a Hammer for over 50 years now, I can say in all honesty that this is pretty well par for the course folks, and something us seasoned fans have seen so many times over the years; remember even the side containing Mooro, Martin and big Geoff generally huffed and puffed between mid-table obscurity and worse.
So, us poor undeserving fanatics have to deal with promising, exhilarating performances like the 3-0 drubbing of Spurs cruelly interspersed with dire home defeats by Stoke City and mind-blowing collapses like Saturday’s defeat at beleaguered and nervous Norwich City! Come on West Ham, give us a break…PLEASE!
Hammered 7-0 at Manchester City last weekend and looking a total mess, with Chris Hughton one of the bookies favourite for the sack. I can guarantee you that all at Carrow Road would have been more nervous than a turkey checking his calendar, to have been facing a Hammers team with, prior to Saturday, the 8th best away defensive record in….wait for it…Europe !! (I didn’t check but its equally feasible we also had the worst goals-for tally in world football….)
True to form, the good old Irons are not only inconsistent week to week, they can actually do it from half to half, as witnessed in sleepy Norfolk, transforming before our very eyes, from a slick and mobile passing machine to a nervy, backs-to-the-wall shambles…and all after a 15 minute tea break!
Hammers fans are probably as bemused and increasingly angry as I am that under the guise of a “brilliant and innovative” 4-6-0 formation, we are going out simply to survive with a nil-against balance and possibly nick a goal, keeping the ball across the middle, hogging possession, but looking as toothless as the East Ham & District Gurning Champion.
So, we currently have mind-numbingly tedious and uninventive displays, more passes than a lousy Mastermind contestant, a captain who would probably get picked by Sam Allardyce even if he lost a leg in a bizarre trouser-press accident, no recognised strikers (Carlton Cole was out there on Saturday but, hey, no point in putting the boot in any further), a £15M star signing who has spent more time on his PlayStation than on grass, and the possibility that Winston Reid, our rock at the back will be missing for some weeks…and Chelsea on the horizon.
So I repeat…what’s it like being a West ham fan right now ???? Exactly what it was like in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 20000’s…painful at time, exhilarating at times, worrying, puzzling, annoying…how much time do you have?
Welcome to the wonderful, wacky world of West Ham United…hang on tight because your life-long ride will be more turbulent than any roller coaster known to man! It’s West Ham…and its just what we do!