Hammers victory a complete surprise
Sam Allardyce, the West Ham manager, admitted in a newspaper that he didnít see it coming . . . the 3-0 away win over Tottenham last Sunday. Neither did I.
If you are a betting person and put money on West Ham to win you could have won a lot of money. I didnít expect us to go to Spurs and get the victory, let along by that margin (3-0). I would have been happy with a draw, but to go there and win, you have to give the credit to the manager and the players because they played to a plan and it worked.
Letís hope the Hammers continue to climb and go away and play the type of football they played on Sunday.
It is so close in the standings right now that a loss would have left them in the bottom three. Now theyíre 13th.
When you look at the value of the Spurs team compared to ours, itís astonishing. I was telling people Spurs are worth over $100 million and weíre like ten bucks!
To get a result there, I know the bubbles are still blowing and I just hope we can get the playersí feet back on the ground for the next home game against Manchester City. Every time you beat your neighbours it is a wonderful feeling, itís a derby and is always a wonderful game to play in. Both sets of fans are passionate and they feel it when the team wins or loses.
I was really impressed with the performance of Ravel Morrison and the way he took his goal, the teamís third. It was a fantastic solo effort. He came to us from Manchester United ó usually clubs like West Ham do the grooming of young talent ó and I just hope United have one or two more like that who can come down and help us.
Sir Alex Ferguson rated him as one of the best talents he had seen, but doubted he could do much with him because of discipline issues. He definitely has talent and at 20 has tons of time to turn it around, otherwise it will be a talent gone to waste. I would think the people at West Ham are over the moon with his signing. They didnít have to pay big money for him and it was only last year that they loaned him out to Birmingham.
The season is still in its early stages but there have been some interesting results already ó Cardiff beating Manchester City, Aston Villa winning at Arsenal and then against Manchester City, West Brom beating United at Old Trafford and now West Ham beating Spurs. Southampton, in only their second season back up, are up to fourth in the tables, having conceded just two goals in seven games and they must be over the moon with their start.
The manager Mauricio Pochettino has transformed the club with the way they are playing and what Iíve been led to believe is they have a very good youth policy where they are developing some of their own players. Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal are both products of the Southampton youth academy.
Some of the top players have players out injured and once they get back it is going to be different. I see we have Carlton Cole back but he isnít yet match fit. He and Andy Carroll will help us out tremendously when they are both fit and playing.
Manchester Unitedís early woes have been highlighted but it was always going to be difficult to replace a manager like Alex Ferguson, heís a legend and what he has achieved at United no one has ever come close to that. David Moyes has a hefty weight to carry on his shoulders every day and regardless what he does he will be scrutinised. I just hope he succeeds because he is a very nice fella.
Unitedís next match, at home to Southampton, should be an interesting one.