We blew a golden opportunity to get at least a point at Old Trafford last weekend against ten man Manchester United.
With more than half-an-hour to break down what was not a world-beating defence the Hammers couldn’t find that tying goal, never mind a winner, in spite of the fact it shouldn’t have been too difficult.
This Sunday, it’s a different story with the hapless Queen’s Park Rangers the opposition. Sure, it’s a derby and Rangers are desperate for points.
But we’re at home, we’re several places above them in the league and, just newly promoted and with many holes in their lineup, we should be able to exploit them to earn a victory. After thumping a quality side like Liverpool and stretching the Red Devils to the limit, Sakho, Valencia, Song and Downing must be champing at the bit to get out on the Boleyn pitch. They must be eager to have a go at a relic like Rio Ferdinand who hasn’t lost just a step but at least two. And blasting the ball past Robert Green will be a little bit sweeter too.
With Man United having throttled QPR 4-0 earlier this month at Old Trafford there is no reason why Hammers can’t earn a clean-sheet win this Sunday.
Beating the teams below you in the table is critical to ensuring success in the Premier League and throwing away points against a bottom-three club, especially at home, would not be acceptable.
Big Sam must pull out all the stops ahead of – yet another – international break to be sure we get maximum points and stay middle of the pack heading into the middle of the season.