Happy New Year to you all. I hope 2016 will be a prosperous one to everyone associated with our wonderful football club.
I’m feeling very positive about what 2016 has in store for West Ham. It was always going to be a special season with the move from the Boleyn to Stratford but Slaven’s men are certainly playing their part in ensuring we leave our current home with a bang.
A lot was said before our clash against Southampton last month about our ‘winless’ streak stretching back to Chelsea in October. I heard it mentioned several times in December but I was surprised very little was made about the fact we went undefeated after our thrashing at White Hart Lane on November 22 to the end of 2015.
The commentator covering our game against the Saints summed us up beautifully when he said we’d been ‘treading water’ as we wait for several key players to return and I couldn’t agree more.
With so many key players out injured, we were always going to struggle in December to continue our fine form but I’ve been very impressed with how Slaven and the squad have coped.
It’s not been easy to watch but to have picked up maximum points against a side which thrashed Arsenal 4-0 a few days earlier and to have drawn against an in-form Stoke City and away at Manchester United, should be seen as an achievement. A huge thanks to Alan Taylor for allowing us to interview him for this issue. It was an absolute pleasure to sit next to him at the King’s Lynn Irons Club Christmas meal.
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