Search

West Ham Cottee: Victory should take all this unnecessary stick off Slav

PUBLISHED: 12:59 12 April 2017

West Ham legend Tony Cottee

West Ham legend Tony Cottee

Archant

Our West Ham columnist looks back on a vital win for the Hammers

STRATFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic  during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Swansea City at London Stadium STRATFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Swansea City at London Stadium

We are not mathematically safe just yet, but Saturday’s win was an absolutely massive one and I am delighted for the players and for the manager who has taken so much unnecessary stick.

By all accounts it was a scrappy game and in matches like that both teams are going to be nervous, perhaps Swansea even more than the Hammers.

But we stuck to the task, survived a couple of nervy moments at the end and I think we deservedly won.

Eight points clear of the drop zone and I think perhaps with another win or even just another draw, we can start looking forward to next season and planning what places we need to strengthen in.

STRATFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate scores his sides first goal  during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Swansea City at London Stadium STRATFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Swansea City at London Stadium

I think James Collins was right when he said that it is the players and not the manager who should be taking the stick.

Slaven has been criticised and I have even seen possible replacements mentioned in the newspapers, but for me he has done a decent job and doesn’t deserve the criticism. Once the players cross the white line, there is not too much the manager can do, it is down to them and too often this season they haven’t done it.

It may have been a scrappy old match, but it was a good goal to win it from Cheikhou Kouyate. He has been an important part of this team and I think others in the squad should emulate him.

It was good that we managed a clean sheet on Saturday. That is what we have been missing over the last few weeks. We have let in lots of sloppy goals and that is something that we must address this summer.

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe after the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. Sunderland's Jermain Defoe after the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.

It needs to be sorted otherwise we are putting ourselves under too much pressure.

Looking at the table now, I think Middlesbrough and Sunderland are both gone, which means a toss up between Hull City and Swansea City for the final relegation place.

I know that Hull have improved a lot lately, but for me, Swansea have the better squad and I think the Tigers are likely to go down.

It is Sunderland on Saturday and it will be 
interesting to see what Jermain Defoe does.

He is not in the greatest of goalscoring form, though nobody at Sunderland is, but he will be trying his best to show West Ham that they should sign him in the summer.

I will go for a consolation for Defoe, but I fancy West Ham to go up there without any pressure and win the match 2-1. COYI!!

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

17:00

Romford manager Paul Martin wants to build on their recent form and pick up a vital three points against fellow Bostik North strugglers Aveley.

16:15

Hornchurch’s Colin Lynes is hoping to give himself the perfect 40th birthday present when he returns to the ring next weekend, writes Lee Power.

16:00

Daggers manager frustrated by fluctuating levels of performance in recent weeks

15:44

David Moyes has warned West Ham’s record signing Marko Arnautovic to start pulling his weight for the team.

15:00

Hornchurch goalkeeper Sam Mott is backing his side to get back on a run against Bostik North play-off rivals Hertford Town this weekend.

14:30

Upminster’s men continued their good run of form in East League Division One with a 4-0 win over Cambridge City at Coopers.

14:15

Romford’s Kelly Staddon has been celebrating after winning a bronze medal at the European under-23 Championships in Podgorica, Montenegro.

Crow Lane club putting plans in place for fixture with Chelmsford on November 25 after London Intermediate Cup tie was cancelled

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now