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Can West Ham push on from their solid start?

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We are eight games into the season now and we have experienced extreme highs and lows throughout the start of the campaign from a 3-0 win at Anfield to conceding 4 at home to Bournemouth. The annual West Ham inconsistencies have been evident again but I believe we can still be optimistic of a season full of progression.

Before the season had even began we showed our intent in the form of transfers with plenty of high profile signings.  Dimitri Payet has been a revelation, Manuel Lanzini and Victor Moses have provided an injection of pace, Angelo Ogbonna has given our defence both pace and power and Darren Randolph, Carl Jenkinson, Nikica Jelavic, Pedro Obiang, Michail Antonio and of course Alex Song means injuries are no longer the concern they were a few seasons ago.

The season began in promising fashion away from home but our home form was slightly worrying. However, four points in the last two home fixtures could be worse. We have only picked up two points in our last two fixtures at home to Norwich and at the Stadium of Light but in both of those games we have come from behind showing our resilience and never-say-die attitude.

We have demonstrated our pace, togetherness and quality throughout the season so far and with the exception of an early elimination from the Capital One Cup at the hands of fellow highflyers Leicester City, we really can’t be disappointed with our showing. We are safely in the top half of the table, playing a decent brand of football. Perhaps this campaign is going to be a memorable final season at Upton Park for good reasons.

The new manager seems to have the undivided backing of the players, the board and the fans alike and the Boleyn Ground has a positive atmosphere as fans prepare for life away from Green Street. This time next year we will have all enjoyed watching some football in our new home and I am becoming increasingly confident that we will be watching Premier League football.

Next up are two London derbies, one is against another in-form side as we travel to South London to face former manager Alan Pardew and his pacey Palace side. Then, after the international break, we have a home fixture against Mourinho’s men, one of the games all West Ham fans wait for in anticipation.

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