After such a fantastic start to the season that saw us occupy a top four spot over Christmas we’ve now slipped back in to mid-table obscurity.

We’ve still got a chance of finishing in the top eight, which undoubtedly remains our target despite the recent ‘dip’ in form, but the weekend’s loss to Palace didn’t exact fill us with enough confidence that we’ll do it.

There’s an old cliche that West Ham “come down with the Christmas decorations.” It’s such a well used saying that there were even fans hinting that it would happen during that period of the season when whispers of a possible top four finish were echoing around the Boleyn Ground.

And surprisingly the stats prove that we have actually come down with the festive decorations. After being proven to be the most improved team in the Premier League over the first half of the campaign, our recent form now sees us 15th in the Premier League form guide since the Christmas.

It’s been a pretty damaging run of results, too. When you consider that both Stoke and Swansea, who are the two sides directly challenging us for the right to finish in the top ten, have been in very good form since Christmas Day you wonder where our slide down the division is going to end.

The visit of Chelsea on Wednesday doesn’t exactly come at the best of times, does it?