By CandH’s high blogger Allen Cummings
I’ve had the privilege and pleasure, though typically not so pleasurable it needs to be mentioned, of following my beloved West Ham United the size and breadth of this nation of ours for greater than 60 years.
However not in all of these loyal years of ‘service’ to the club have I ventured abroad. Changing into part of our ‘European Tour’ as some prefer to name it.
That my first foray overseas ought to have resulted in heartache and heartbreak was disappointing within the excessive – but it surely was nonetheless an event I’ll recall and relive with immense delight and satisfaction. It’s a tick on the outdated bucket record that no-one can take away from me.
The environment within the Deutsche Financial institution Park Stadium on Thursday was unimaginable. You actually needed to be there and witness it for your self to totally respect it – and on the identical time realise the intimidation it will need to have put our group beneath.
That Declan Rice and the boys put up such a fantastically spirited efficiency on the evening beneath such excessive stress, not helped by going a person down so early within the sport, was nothing in need of exceptional.
The gamers fought tooth-and-nail in opposition to the 11 sporting Eintracht Frankfurt colors – plus the one sporting yellow – who frankly gave us just about nothing on the evening. In my view Declan was greater than justified in telling that exact official – and we’ve had a number of others like him – precisely what he considered his efficiency.
Deccers mentioned what most of us thought.
Because the West Ham Board have already mentioned in a press release, reported right here on C&H, this has been an impressive season for the club and an impressive effort from the gamers and David Moyes and his administration group.
The European journey is likely to be over – however there’s nonetheless lots to play for within the Premier League. We’ve been listening to recently the gamers are drained, stretched past the restrict, lifeless on their ft – however that’s a view coming from the facet strains, not the gamers themselves.
Some have beforehand been calling for the ‘children’ to be thrown in to provide the senior gamers a relaxation in preparation for Europe. Now the decision will probably be ‘play our strongest facet’ in a bid to safe as excessive a ending place as doable within the league. Moyes will do what he has at all times performed – play the facet he believes can win the sport.
This isn’t the time to carry an inquest on the season. Inquests normally come about when life has expired. That’s actually not the case but for this group of the manager.
There are three extra video games to play and the potential of extra twists and turns to return. Worst case situation is we end eighth – which can even but be sufficient for a ticket into Europe once more in sure circumstances.
No matter ultimately occurs the 2021-22 season has been one to have fun as one other step in the precise path for the re-emergence of this club of ours!!