FanCast guest columnist Todd Dexter doesn't believe there is any real cause for
concern at West Ham.
certain amount of negativity is starting to seep out of West Ham fans in the
past few days after yet another home defeat. I concede that it hasn't been the
best of starts, but should we really be overly worried at this stage?
4pts out of a possible 15 doesn't make the best
reading in the world, but it hardly represents a fair reflection of our
performances this season. The two home games in particular against Spurs and
Liverpool we did suffer an element of misfortune and certainly, especially in
the case of Spurs, didn't deserve to lose and were incredibly unlucky. Wigan
away we didn't play very well, but again we had our misfortune in that game as
well, no more so than the decision to rule out Carlton Cole's effort on the
stroke of half time – we aren't getting the rub of the green, but over the
course of the season that tends to even out.
I have a huge amount of sympathy for Zola, as I
question whether all his best-laid plans for this season have been thwarted by
the club's inability to secure the new signings that he wanted, like Mario
Balotelli. Something has happened behind the scenes and whether CB have moved
the goalposts in terms of releasing funds, but the three new signings that
Duxbury assured us a couple of months back never came, and subsequently the
club have had to wait until the last knockings of the transfer window in order
to strengthen the squad with Plan B's, which is hardly ideal preparation, given
they need to find their feet in the English game.
It has been one big mess again and not the ideal
first summer for Gianfranco Zola as a manager, but he'll turn it around on the
pitch. We need to be patient with the new boys and more importantly with the
whole team and manager, because the last think they need is the added pressure
of a disgruntled support. As I say on closer inspection performances haven't
been that bad and we just need to keep the faith and realise the results will
come. The phase of games we going through at the moment reminds me of when Zola
first took over at the club and we just need that one result to give us that
kick-start we need to go on a run. Let's hope it is tonight as a long run in the
cup is well overdue.