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Wigan 2 West Ham 1 but at least Swindon were glorious

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- Tom Winnifrith

I switched off when West Ham went 2-0 down. Wigan looked the better side and took only a few of their chances. West Ham were piss poor. That is part of being a West Ham supporter. One week you look majestic the next week you give Wigan, hardly a class act, their first home win of the season and make them look (almost) good. What a load of rubbish.

That now makes 3 of the last 4 halves played by West Ham piss poor with only one 45 minutes of glory. Now West Ham face a string of tough matches. And we do so from a base of only 14 points. We are 9th and I suspect that our position will slip materially in the coming weeks. I can find no solace at all for West Ham today. This was not – as was Swansea – a bad early season day at the office. This was a lamentable effort by the entire side and Fat Sam needs to have serious words if we are not going to go into Christmas staring at the bottom six in a big way.

My only solace today is that every Hammer’s second team thrashed third place Stevenage 4-0 away. Paulo’s men at Swindon are back on form and although they are currently 7th they are only four points off an automatic promotion spot. A few more results like this one and Di Canio will be taking his men up for a second successive season.

Regular readers know well that I would have rather seen Di Canio appointed than Alladyce before last season started. There is no point pretending that I am a great admirer of our current manager as I am not. I hope he keeps West Ham up. But I also hope he then clears his locker and that the board select di Canio from a short list of one.

Talk of “getting behind the club/manager” is all very well but his contract ends in May and how many of us, in our heart of hearts, really want him to stay?

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