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Tony Cottee, West Ham Recorder Columnist
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Hammers legend delights in third win over Tottenham
It has come to my attention of the striking similarity between Liverpool’s battle for the title and ours back in 1986 which is quite remarkable.
Like Liverpool, we were scoring goals at will that year and felt that we could beat anybody, but in the end what undone us was a home defeat by Chelsea! Just like the Reds.
I think naivety comes into it a little, we were certainly inexperienced at killing off games and it seems that Brendan Rodgers’ side are too.
It is not quite over yet, but it seems that Liverpool might just miss out as we did all those years ago.
Back to the present and there is no better feeling for West Ham fans than to beat Tottenham, so just how incredible is it that we have beaten them three times this season? Absolutely amazing.
The wins over Spurs have been the highlight of the season, but that may say more about how disappointing the season has been for the Hammers.
As I said last week, the Tottenham clash was a vital one for Sam Allardyce and also for the players to prove that they were still behind him. They did it in no uncertain terms and it was an excellent performance to see them off yet again.
I have managed a lot of wins against them in my time, including one on my debut, but they haven’t come with the regularity that they have this season.
I always thought we were safe before Saturday’s win, but it is nice to finally reach the 40-point mark.
It has been a hard slog, but considering the injury problems we have had we have done well to finish in mid-table.
Andy Carroll played his best game of the season on Saturday, but I am not sure he has done enough to get into the World Cup squad.
For me, he can give you something different and can give England something that West Ham have been lacking all season – a Plan B.
Roy Hodgson may have already had his strikers picked, but he has always said that he likes to look at the overall picture and if he things that Andy can come on, cause chaos and change a game then he might well take him.
We will go to the Etihad on Sunday knowing that we can upset Manchester City’s title hopes and I really think that we might.
There will be pressure on City and West Ham can let them take the game to them, park a couple of buses and you never know.
The team will certainly be looking to make up for that 6-0 thrashing there in the Capital One Cup. It is likely to be in their hands, but that doesn’t always make it easy and I will go for a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
If Manchester City win the title then it will cost me £100 to my old mate Alan Devonshire.
At the start of the season, four of us picked teams to win the league. My dad chose Arsenal, Tony Gale chose Manchester United and I chose Chelsea.
That means I can only lose money if City win it and it looks very likely that they will.