The 4-0 drubbing at the London Stadium was probably the first signal we were in for a turbulent season.
Wolves don’t often capitulate under Nuno, so it was distressing to see them fall apart so dramatically in that second half.
West Ham, as we know, have since gone on to have a great season and in that context, there’s no shame in being outplayed on the night.
But it would be nice to right that wrong and at the very least show the difference between the two sides isn’t as dramatic as that scoreline or the 14 point gap that currently exists in the table.
I think the majority of West Ham fans didn’t want David Moyes as their manager this season and I was in agreement with them that he probably wasn’t the man to take them forward.
But he’s given them exactly what they’ve been crying out for over the years – stability.
They’ve always had some quality in their ranks but now they’ve added tenacity and steel. I like the composition of their team.
Will they make the top four? Probably not, but European football in some shape or form should be the objective with 9 games left to go.
They’ve got to play Chelsea and Leicester still, but aside from that, their remaining fixtures look pretty favourable so it’s just about maintaining that consistency.
Arsenal put a minor spanner in the works prior to the international break, coming back from three goals down to take a point.
Their away form is average with 6 wins, 5 defeats and 3 draws so far. That will certainly need to improve in the coming weeks if they’re to remain in contention for Champions League qualification.
I’d like to see us get between 45-50 points before the end of the season and like West Ham, we’ve got the fixtures to help us accumulate points.
Has the international break been a help or hindrance? It’s impossible to know until we get the injury bulletin from Nuno.
Daniel Podence was photographed back on the grass at Compton so hopefully he’s not too far away from giving us a much needed option in attack.
I’ve heard nothing about Rui Patricio, but assuming it was concussion and nothing more serious, I would imagine he’d be OK to start on Monday night.
Last time out
I’ve already mentioned the demolition job the Hammers did on us at the start of the season, so I won’t make you relive the horrors of that evening.
Funnily enough, we’d won all of the previous four matches against them, including the 2-0 win at Molineux last season with a rare Patrick Cutrone goal wrapping up the points.
Well done to Brompton Wolf who was the only recipient of a maximum last time out after correctly predicting the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool.
Bedford Wolf is still out in front in the overall table at the end of Gameweek 29.
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