West Ham Cottee: It is so great to be a Hammer right now

PUBLISHED: 08:45 28 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:52 28 October 2015

Tony Cottee

Tony Cottee


Our West Ham Columnist Tony Cottee reflects on heady times for the club

West Ham United's Andy Carroll turns to celebrate after scoring his side's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.West Ham United's Andy Carroll turns to celebrate after scoring his side's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

These are fantastic times to be a Hammer. What a result and what a performance by the boys on Saturday against the champions and credit to Slaven for really going for it.

He could easily have played it safe and even a bit negatively against Chelsea and brought in an extra defensive midfielder to replace Victor Moses, but he went for Zarate and it paid off as he scored a superb goal.

We are now third in the league and riding a wave at the moment. Let’s not get carried away, because it could go wrong at any time, as it did last season, but this team seems to have so many options and plenty of strength in depth, so who knows what might happen?

The Premier League is very competitive, but also very open this season. The two Manchester clubs and Arsenal have shown glimpses of what they can do, but none of them have done that well, while the likes of Liverpool, Spurs and of course Chelsea have not impressed.

West Ham United's Mauro Zarate (centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.West Ham United's Mauro Zarate (centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

West Ham have done as well as any of them and now we have to kick on, keep picking up the points and keep playing with confidence.

It was about this time back in the 1985/86 season when we went on one almighty run of unbeaten games and it would be great to see something like that – wins give you confidence and the more confident you are the better the results.

It was great to see Andy Carroll come on and score the winner on Saturday. I have always rated the big man and he does give you another option and an effective one too.

You can’t always score goals like Barcelona, sometimes you just have to throw it into the box and see what happens and with Sakho and Carroll in there, something can always happen.

We have beaten Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and now Chelsea, but Saturday’s game at Watford will be a better indicator of where we are at the moment I think.

They are a team who are better away from home, as they proved at Stoke City on Saturday, but they have decent players like Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo who will certainly test our defence.

In other seasons we would have gone there and scrapped for a draw, but I say let’s carry on with our attacking football and really go for it.

We have got the players who can hurt Watford, like Arsenal did a couple of weeks ago after riding an initial Hornets’ storm and I don’t see why we can’t do the same.

After my correct 2-1 prediction against Chelsea last week, I am looking to get on a roll now and so I am going for a 2-0 away win.


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