It is easy to quickly adjust to different standards in football, I understand that. West Ham have set their own standards a lot higher than what all of us fans are used to. Suddenly we are top four challengers, as opposed to the usual relegation battle fodder with the occasional top half finish.
While I understand we, as a fanbase, have to be ambitious, we must also reflect on how far we have come and how incredible life is right now as a Hammer. After a spell of a few mediocre performances, we are still picking up points and still 4th.
West Ham are 4th in the Premier League over halfway through the season. Read that again. Pinch yourself if you have to.
After a tight cup win and a 1-0 win to Watford (who were on for a new manager bounce win), I was shocked to see the response by some fans on Twitter, who seemed to be appalled at the team. It is a cliche, but a true one, that a great team finds ways to win even when we play badly. We do that.
Last season was unbelievable and lots of fans, including myself, did not think it would carry over to this season. It was assumed the momentum was carrying us but here we are. Even on reflection, there were moments last year where we seemed shaky. These things happen in football, if we didn’t have moments where we didn’t play as well we would be top of the league. Sometimes good teams lose, that’s part of the game. The most important thing is where we are in the league, the FA Cup and the Europa League.
I understand the frustration at the lack of signings but please just look at what Moyes has done and see that we still have everything to gain this season and the Scottish manager is only achieving in the big picture so far. Trust him, as I do, as he has not let us down to this point. His transfer policy has worked so far, until it doesn’t, have patience and faith.