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West ham fan Jack Teague feels increasingly optimistic about the rest of the Premier League season
10:00am Friday 21st February 2014 in Latest Sport
This winning feeling is something I could get used to.
Not content with our first back-to-back wins since returning to the Premier League, West Ham made it three in a row against an unlucky Norwich City on Wednesday.
Pre-match, Upton Park was as content as it's been in a long while. The tension and unrest had eased slightly as West Ham’s seemingly unstoppable descent towards relegation appears to have halted in recent weeks.
Following up the positive point at Chelsea, and wins against Swansea City and Aston Villa, we managed to pick up another victory and clean sheet to offer a renewed sense of optimism.
We were very fortunate because Norwich created four chances, all expertly saved by man-of-the-match Adrian, before James Collins headed the Hammers in front late on.
Then when substitute Mo Diame powered forward in the final few moments, with the Canaries pushing for an equaliser, his shot took a crucial deflection and we could breathe a little easier.
Wins at this stage are all that matters and four clean sheets make you realise the difference when we have Collins, Tomkins and Reid fit, not forgetting of course our new Spanish goalkeeper who’s getting better by the game.
But of course being West Ham, it can't all be plain sailing and I was sad to hear about Ravel Morrison’s loan move to QPR.
Morrison is the first player I’ve seen in a West Ham shirt for a long time who looks to have genuine potential to be world class so what a shame it looks like he’ll end up moving on.
I’ve heard Allardyce’s comments about him overruling medical staff over the severity of a groin injury and the recent allegations about pressure being put on him to switch agents.
I hope the truth will be confirmed in the end.
When I heard he was unsettled I was led to believe the finger of blame could be pointed in his direction but now I just don’t know. Whatever Hammers fans think of him, his incredible goal against Tottenham at White Hart Lane was one of my favourite moments in recent times and it will be a real shame if he doesn’t fulfil his undoubted footballing potential.
So with the FA Cup weekend off, the players headed off to Dubai for the warm weather training Allardyce is known to be so keen on at this time of year.
Let’s hope we can carry on the recent upturn in form when we're next up against Southampton at the weekend.
There’s a lot that can happen this season but if we can keep Andy Carroll fit then I think we might just be OK.