It seems as if virtually every Hammers game of late has been a 'seminal' one, right back from the astonishing fight back from a 3-0 deficit away to Tottenham that left Jose Mourinho emotionally scarred. Having 'done the double' over Marcelo Biesla's beautiful team by winning 'ugly', David Moyes's team confirmed their place as genuine contenders for a place in European competition next season, the only question being whether it will be a champions League place, or one in the Europa League.
Now that the victory is out of the way, Leeds United can become West Ham fans' 2nd favourite team as a result of the inspiring and totally refreshing way they play the game of football, they are a breath of fresh air to the staid Barclays Premier League and long may their progress continue.
By all admissions, this was not a vintage David Moyes's West Ham performance, he was almost dismissive of his team's performance that nevertheless 'catapulted' them back into the top six, in fifth place. If Leeds had not had TWO goals disallowed within the first 5 minutes things might have turned out differently, however thanks to an appallingly struck penalty put in on the 2nd attempt by Jesse Lingard, who had had earned it thanks to an industrious run, his 4th goal in six appearances, and a towering 'Les' Dawson header Hammers emerged victorious in an ugly, but beautiful performance.
During the first few minutes when Leeds scored their two disallowed goals Hammers looked leggy following their nine days off, but after that they were industrious and committed to their manager's game plan, this was a resilient performance that highlighted just how much the 'new' David Moyes has influenced the club, from it's foundations, through to it's hierarchy.
David Moyes is a 'working class' manager who earns more in a week than many season ticket holders earn in years, however he just seems to 'fit' West Ham, he has had to win the fans over, and maybe playing behind closed doors at the London stadium might have benefited things, not just because of the lack of fans, but also because 'verbal' players like Craig Dawson can be heard by their team-mates.
On the 'note' of 'Les' Dawson, how badly must Watford be feeling knowing that 'Les' is contractually available to West Ham for a paltry £2.5 Million at the end of the season?
The team can only win the games that are in front of them, it is all that fans can ask for, the rest of it is down to fate and the lap of the Gods. - Ed