talkSPORT host and West Ham season ticket holder Mark Webster requires a (nervous) look at the clash with Southampton
The useful jokes are out of the way, we can all shift on to the showers portion of April.
Which as considerably as West Ham are involved, is essentially additional a situation of it under no circumstances rains, but it pours. The mad character of this season, coupled with an additional run into European opposition, suggests the Hammers have a jam packed 4 weeks of nine online games forward of them.
And that Europa League Cup campaign, coupled with a pack-of-pet dogs battle at the bottom of the table, indicates every match will be as very important as the following. Starting up now, when the Saints come marching into the London Stadium for a relegation thriller.
Of system, battling on two fronts experienced turn out to be quite the detail for David Moyes’ group all through his second spell at the club. Even so, chasing down a top six or 7 end is evidently considerably much more enjoyment than striving to stay in the Premier League.
As the group have regularly proved with their dogged makes an attempt to get treasured details by any signifies important. It is not usually been rather, and most stressing for us Hammers enthusiasts, it’s also not constantly been successful.
Which perversely sufficient, is at odds with the flexibility with which they’ve in essence cruised into the quarter-remaining phases of the Europa League.
In which lies much of the disappointment in excess of Stratford way. For us in the stands and, I can quickly visualize, for those people down on the shopfloor. Just how are these players placing in performances that are in these kinds of stark contrast?
Nicely, the answer’s easy truly isn’t it? Stress. On both of those specific gamers, and a supervisor who has to help those individuals come to be a cohesive group again.
And that pressure will not have been significantly eased immediately after Saturday’s effects. With Bournemouth and Crystal Palace getting late wins, and Nottingham Forest and Wolves drawing.
It leaves West Ham 2nd from bottom, but also three details from 14th. So everyone of us of the claret and blue persuasion will be hoping they can get started April the way they suggest to carry on.
And not as a entire April shower.