West Ham fans were in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend after seeing their side edge past Swansea City on Saturday.
The East London outfit were languishing in the bottom three of the Premier League prior to kick-off at the London Stadium following last week’s defeat against Tottenham, but a 90th minute Diafra Sakho winner secured the Hammers a second league win of the campaign, thus lifting them to 15th in the table.
It was exactly what manager Slaven Bilic needed to somewhat ease the pressure on his shoulders, and several of our resident West Ham supporters will likely be intrigued by a recent report from Yahoo Sports, which details some intriguing quotes from former Hammer Stuart Pearce.
The 55-year-old moved to the club back in 1999 following a short stint at Newcastle United, and went on to play 50 times for West Ham before signing for Manchester City in the summer of 2001.
And the former England left-back was speaking to Yahoo about his ex-club’s sluggish start to the new campaign, although Pearce reckons there are reasons for their early season form.
He said: ‘To start this season with three away games was not helpful, because you know what it is like, if you pick up a win in your first game, it brings confidence to the team and from there it’s a springboard to build on.
‘They have picked up a couple of results now but until the stagger unwinds and their home games catch up with their away games, it will be difficult to judge.
‘I think West Ham will improve as the season goes on.’
And several of our resident Hammers may well agree with Pearce’s thoughts given their side have indeed looked better in recent weeks, losing just one of their last five matches in all competitions.
Landlord’s verdict: Three away games to start the campaign was never going to be easy for West Ham, with the World Athletics Championships forcing the Hammers to begin the Premier League season on the road.
However, they have had some home comforts recently with wins over Huddersfield Town, Bolton Wanderers, and Swansea City, and as such ex-Hammer Stuart Pearce is probably right not to judge their start until they play more at the London Stadium.
Nonetheless, the table doesn’t lie and Slaven Bilic’s side are 15th and just two points clear of the drop, so although it may be slightly unfair to criticise wholly at this stage, the Croat will know that his side need to pick up points both home and away to move up the division, and indeed ease the pressure on himself.
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