Days like yesterday are very few and far between as a West Ham United fan, but when they do come around and we get to taste that rare but oh so sweet taste of Victory then by heck do we lap up every drop. Yesterday’s win was anything but easy and Blackpool were worthy opponents who could have taken our glory away but the boys in claret and blue held their own valiantly. Carlton Cole, scorer of the first and maker of the winner was a true star and man of the match by a streak. Tomkins was consistently on the case and over them like a rash. Noble was as always outstanding, as was Green and Collison. Vaz Te was a mess, missing chances and sending shots wide – until the 87th minute when he does exactly what he has been doing so well all season by stepping up and banging a shot in to the top of the net which sent the 40,000 at Wembley and many around the world into absolute ecstasy. The Irons managed to hold on for another 8 minutes until the final whistle, and West Ham found themselves back where they belong – the English Premier League.
There is a lot to be done over the summer – Green for one needs his contract sorting and that is already being reported and we do need a decent second option for goal. A couple of fullbacks and a new striker to partner Cole – rumour is there is about 20 mil available to Big Sam which hopefully he can build on an already decent squad.
Next year wont be easy – life in the Prem never is but as one of the three newly promoted teams all eyes will be upon us and teams will be salivating to try and take 6 points of us. We’ve simply got to build on what we have, continue with confidence and play the bloody hell out of every team we come up against. With Allardyce at the helm, I have a delicate confidence that we might have a decent first season back – nothing outrageous but one where we aren’t tip-toeing around the relegation zone all season – at least that is what I hope for. We’ll have to wait until August to see how it all pans out.
But until then I’ll happily ride the happy wave from yesterday and it is those special days that make me utter once and again, I fucking love you West Ham!