This has been another week where events off the pitch have somewhat overshadowed team matters, as of yesterday the Real West Ham Fans Action Group March has been cancelled with the board offering to match any fundraising aimed at the march and the total being donated to the cause of young West Ham fan Isla Caton who is suffering from a rare form of cancer. I have seen the group being criticised for this and the board being criticised for what could appear to be a cynical move. The people who run the RWFAG are in an impossible situation, their valid points and willingness to galvanise support around their vision of how the club should be are extremely commendable, but how can they turn down a potential 50K for Isla’s fight? In short they can’t, yes it could be seen as blackmail by the club and they sued a situation for their own gain, but at the end of it all Isla and her family will hopefully benefit and the guys at the RWFAG have done the right thing, there can always be another march, Isla and her family need the funds
now. Compared to what Isla and her family are going through all our pontification about rights and wrongs on the future of the club pale into insignificance and our thoughts about the club and marching do not matter compared to the hope of getting Isla well again.
West Ham were well beaten by an excellent Liverpool on Saturday, there were some encouraging signs, we always looked a threat going forward, Arnautovic was very unlucky with a brilliant chip in the first half but West Ham were eventually over run with Liverpool’s fantastic forward line proving too much for us. The expectation is very low so the result barely registered. Once the game was over, all eyes turned to the Swansea game, the sides are separated by 5 places but crucially only 3 points. Swansea were well beaten at Brighton on Saturday and played in the FA Cup during the week but under new manager, Carlos Carvalhal, Swansea are one of the form teams in the league and they have pulled themselves up the table despite still occupying the final relegation place. It is an incredibly tight relegation battle this season with 9th place Everton still only 7 points from the relegation zone.
West Ham need to take something from this game, a win would increase the gap between the clubs to 6 points and would be a big knock to Swansea, I think we have the firepower to score against them, our problem is maintaining our defensive structure to maintain a firm base on which to build. This is a game made for David Moyes’ pragmatism, a loss here would see us dragged into danger again but I don’t think we can enter the game in a negative mindset.
With the form of Arnautovic and the return of Antonio and Lanzini I expect us to score, it’s just if we can be solid and resolute enough to keep Swansea at bay that will be key in this game.
West Ham should have enough to beat Swansea and fingers crossed they deliver.