Seeing off a struggling Aston Villa shows the side has the resilience to guarantee three points when they need them most.
The Aston Villa game was one of a handful of tough games to come as we see out the last season at the Boleyn Ground. Bilic’s Babes have a remaining 14 games in the league and around this time of the year, we see struggling teams at the foot of the table start playing for their Premier League lives.
The league has seen teams like Leicester, West Brom, Fulham, Portsmouth and ourselves fight their ways out of the relegation scrap and playing to Premier League winning form, picking up seven wins from nine games.
Aston Villa could have been one of those teams but thanks for a moment of madness by Jordan Ayew, that put aside any doubts of West Ham losing the game. I must say you have to give credit to Aaron Cresswell to test Ayew’s temperament by pinching him the back of the neck, which resulted in Ayew’s elbow be acquainted to Cresswell’s cheek!
I hope the player gets punished instead of the club, as a team of Aston Villa’s size and loyal support deserve better as they now focus on preparing for an extra tough season in the Championship without the HUGE Premier League cash injection.
We’ve reached 39 points so far and a with a possible 42 points left up for grabs, 12 of those coming from clubs flirting around the relegation zone, (15 if you include Chelsea!).
With games against Norwich (A), Sunderland (H), West Brom (A) and Swansea (H), we must approach these with caution as these could be a banana skin in our quest for a top six finish. If we grab wins against these sides we will have a tally of 51, which in past season has confirmed a top 10 finish.
I must say, March looks like a very tough month for us and if we get three points out of 12, it’ll be a very good four weeks for us.
The momentum is good at the club at the minute. A tricky game against Southampton on Saturday night and then a fitter Liverpool Squad will most certainly test our squad depth, it could make or break our season’s expectations of a cup run and top eight finish.
And lets hope we finish the season with a positive goal difference! We haven’t done that since the boys of 85/86. Food for thought!
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