David Moyes attended West Ham’s victory at Burnley on Monday night.
Bounce back from an early penalty from Burnley to win 2-1, although the Hammers were worth far more than a one-goal win.
It’s a remarkable season for West Ham and David Moyes, after 16th place and 39 points overall last season.
The Hammers have shown the rest of the Premier League a path to potential Champions League football, here’s what the Premier League table looks like on Tuesday morning:
As you can see, there are only four games left to play and the Hammers in fifth place with 58 points, already 19 points more than last season.
Whatever happens now, David Moyes and his players have had a brilliant turn, playing some really good football as well.
West Ham boss David Moyes even now admits that missing out on Champions League football would be a bummer, given their performances so far:
“I hope that with four games to go, where people are still talking about us being in the Champions League, we want to continue, we want to go until the last day and maybe sneak in.
“And that’s probably what it will take.
“We will probably have to win all of our [four remaining] Games.
“If we did European football it would be an incredible achievement and I could admit it… I think I will be disappointed if we don’t make it now.”
With Chelsea three points ahead and a better goal difference, on the surface it seems difficult for West Ham to cope in just four games. However, with Chelsea having their Champions League distraction with a possible final ahead, that maybe opens the door for David Moyes and then when you look at the remaining matches for both clubs that door opens a lot wider. ..
West Ham has Everton at home, Brighton and West Brom on the outside, then Southampton at home.
For Chelsea, it’s Man City away, Arsenal and Leicester at home, then Villa away.
When you watch West Ham’s season so far, it really makes you think this could be their year.
In their 12 games against the ‘Big Six’ (which also include ‘derbies’ against three of them – Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs), West Ham have a record of 1 win, 3 draw and 8 defeats.
However, against the rest, it’s an astonishing case of played 22, won 16, draws 4, and lost 2.
Surprisingly, against the six non-big clubs, the Hammers have lost just 12 points out of a possible 66 so far.
What’s really amazing is that out of those 12 points, six of them were dropped against Newcastle United and are their only two losses against the other six teams.
David Moyes will curse the name of Newcastle United in this Champions League challenge.
Six points on Steve Bruce’s squad and West Ham would already be almost there to finish in the top four.
David Moyes must have nightmares about Newcastle this season every time he closes his eyes, otherwise he and his team have set the perfect example of how you don’t necessarily have to beat so-called ‘top’ teams to finish in and around the top. . Instead, if you can, week after week, keep a certain level and punish the rest of the teams, then all of the “big six” points can be seen as just a bonus.
David Moyes must be wondering what happened when they faced Newcastle this season, replaying it several times in his head. West Ham were in some disarray at the start of the season and Newcastle took advantage with two goals from their only two efforts on target.
Then last month a weakened West Ham had a first half at St James Park where anything that could go wrong did. Despite 2-0 and a man down, in the second half, the Hammers came back to 2-2 and even seemed to be the winners. Steve Bruce shamelessly defended the entire second half against ten men and almost paid the price, surprisingly lucky that at 2-2 Joe Willock had the last minutes, came in and scored almost instantly, saving Bruce’s bacon.
I have no love for David Moyes or West Ham BUT I really hope they can handle it this season, get the top four and Champions League football with Leicester.
It’s ridiculous how pundits and journalists excuse Newcastle United’s utter lack of ambition under Mike Ashley, employing a championship-level puppet-level head coach and not even interested in trying to be anything but to survive in the first row. Media claim it is impossible for a club like Newcastle to aspire for anything better, even though Leicester and now West Ham show what can be possible if you try to do the right things and the opportunity presents itself .