What exactly do you want and expect from West Ham this season?

I won’t spend ages and wasting 1000’s of words boring you with this one. We were just wondering what exactly it is you want and expect from West Ham United this season?

I’ve seen many tweets and blogs in recent weeks saying how disappointed they are with recent results and performances. However, in contrast to that I have also seen a fair amount of tweets saying how happy they are with the team this season, no matter how well or bad we have played and let’s be honest here guys, we have had our fair amount of below par performances, along with some bloody excellent ones.

I’ve seen a few fans go as far to say that we have been lucky this season and I’ve also seen a few say that we must get Champion’s League football for next season in the OS.

From a personal point of view, before the season started all I realistically asked for was to be entertained with premier League survival the only ‘must’. I’ve got more than I asked for, a lot more! I have been entertained in a lot of the games beyond even the most optimistic of Hammer’s expectations, even if it hasn’t been for the full 90 minutes every game. My demands haven’t really changed, I will still be over the moon come May with our league position as I know we will be playing in the top flight next term in and amazing stadium alongside the country’s elite football clubs (Oh and Spurs!) (joke) and as I previously said, I have very much enjoyed watching a lot of the games, especially in comparison to the previous seasons of the past 10-15 years, in particular the last 3.

West Ham 2 – 0 Aston Villa; Mark Lawrenson was actually RIGHT!

I’m not well so i’ll make this short and sweet.

It was with great joy, if not total shock that West Ham exited the pitch last night as 2-0 winners over a somewhat lackluster Aston Villa team who seemed totally void of ideas, even when they did have 11 men.

That said, the visitors started the game the brighter of the two teams and arguably could have had a penalty 11 minutes in when the ball struck Antonio’s arm inside the box. Personally I don’t think a penalty was warranted as the player in question quite clearly had absolutely no intention handling the ball, in fact he wasn’t even looking. But I have seen them given on many occasions.

Six minutes later Villa’s Jordan Ayew was rightly sent off after receiving a straight red for what I can only describe as a moment of madness and sheer stupidity as he intentionally elbowed Cresswell in the face after a tiny tussle off the ball. It was this mindless reaction from the Ghana international that ultimately hammered the final nail in the Midland’s club as they rarely even managed to get the ball during the following 73 minutes. The official stats confirm this with the home side enjoying almost 70% of the possession.

After the initial drama there wasn’t really much more to talk about during the first half as both teams approached 45 minutes of a half I’m sure they’d both like to forget.

Jenkinson – game over?

When the news emerged from Chadwell Heath yesterday that Carl Jenkinson’s injury was greater than had first been expected and will result in the player’s absence for the rest of the season, I have to confess that my emotions were somewhat mixed. With the arrival of Sam Byram and his impressive debut last Saturday against the would-be champions, many had already begun to speculate that Jenkinson had kicked his last ball in anger for the Irons. I can recall few examples in recent years that better exemplify the thin line between success and failure, or such a dramatic loss in a player’s form and confidence.

When Jenkinson arrived on loan from Arsenal in August 2014 he made an instant impression, working in tandem with Creswell to provide a wingback innovation, servicing the likes of Sakho and Valencia that we had not seen in many a long year down at the Boleyn ground. His impact was that great. Obviously, the whole team stopped playing for their manager just after Christmas last year but Jenkinson is perhaps the one player who, this term, has actually failed to reach anything like the heights of his previous potential. Some of his performances have been very poor and belied a total lack of confidence. As a consequence he has received some pressure, particularly from the home crowd, and this in turn has perhaps further exacerbated his woes. I cannot go as far as some I have seen on my Twitter feed who have been openly celebratory about Jenkinson’s long-term injury but it certainly can be argued that for once, a player’s bad luck has coincided with a ready-made solution and, with Tomkins as reliable back up, the right back position is one that no longer gives much concern.