"We have to try and keep it going. I don't think being fourth this moment in time means an awful lot apart from showing we have been consistent. As long as we are around the mix and European places, that will be really good but if we can hang on the coat tails of teams above that is what we will try and do." Thus spoke the Moyesiah after Hammers dispensed with an obdurate, but ultimately unsuccessful, Norwich team that tried its hardest but was unable to bridge the gap in player quality between the teams.
It should be remembered that Hammers played a really tough FA Cup tie against Leeds on the Sunday ahead of the rescheduled game against Norwich and as such players were understandably showing a degree of tiredness during certain spells of the match.
Things don't get any easier, with the Leeds match 2:0 due to be held this weekend, this impending League fixture could go a long way in determining Hammers top slot aspirations, a win would push the club towards firming up at least a top six berth, anything less will see the club moving backwards against rivals Arsenal, Tottingham and Ronaldo United.
With Kurt Zouma scheduled to return from injury within the next week or so AND Aaron Cresswell's return, the team's under pressure defence will finally get the break it deserves. While Craig Dawson and Issa Diop are no match for the Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma, they HAVE performed remarkably well given the amount of games they have had to play, which include ALL the cup games including the UEFA Europa League.
With a little bit of diligent recruitment, there is NO reason Hammers shouldn't claim another TOP SIX slot, you never know, but with a bit of luck well actually an awful lot of good luck Hammers just might be able to 'gatecrash' the top four, it is highly unlikely, but if all the competitors for the top places take points off each other there is every chance Hammers will be there or thereabouts.
What a difference a couple of years make, West Ham United is no longer recognisable from the disparate and desperate club it was, now it is West Ham UNITED, both on AND off the pitch. David Moyes has hewn the club from his own granite like personality, no longer are WEst Ham 'flakey'. Instead every team that is due to play the club knows they will be in a game, IRRESPECTIVE of who they are.
Hammers for the Champions League, why not dream? - LN