Monday, January 17
Maidstone Gooner Knitwear's birthday dictated those of us who headed over to West Ham in our particular away game party were always going to have a good time. As football fans however, we all know so well how a result can do its utmost to ruin it. The performance and victory made sure on this occasion it was a day to savour.
My dad's birthday also falling at this time of the year meant Saturday was laced with some early nausea issues but come lunchtime these were forgotten as we thoroughly enjoyed the pre-match fare in our usual haunt for this fixture.
Confidence is something I go into virtually all our games with and this was no different. A good thumping victory however, was also essential for a number of reasons I feel after our recent results.
We looked sharp from the off I felt and RVP's fine strike was no more than we deserved. I remember commenting in fact that we were a second goal from the perfect first half and shortly after RVP had thumped the post, Theo duly obliged. A two-goal lead at the break, thanks very much.
If we limited our hosts to a couple of chances in the first period we were probably even more dominant in the second. We all know, however, that third goal definitely settles the nerves. A cast-iron penalty will do and after it was coolly slotted home the victory celebrations joined those birthday ones already firmly in place.
The perfect start to this incredibly crucial domestic period and while enjoying our post-match plans our thoughts turned to Elland Road on Wednesday.
Despite their position in a lower league I can't help but feel we will be given a much sterner test than at Upton Park. In fact the first game at home already confirms that.
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