West Ham 4 Bunch of Wasters 3

May 3rd 1998, and David Platt intercepts a ball on the halfway line and lays the it off to Steve Bould, who for some unknown reason is playing in midfield. The usually no-nonsense centre-back chips the ball delightfully out to the wing.


Instead of finding Marc Overmars, the chip lands on the chest of the marauding Tony Adams who stuns everyone in the stadium by rifling in a volley to seal a 4-0 win for Arsenal against Everton. With that Arsene Wenger's first Premier League title is sealed and Martin Tyler utters the words that will forever be remembered by Gunners' fans, "that sums it all up."



Those 5 words embodied the symoblism of the turnaround at Highbury under Le Professeur. Such was Wenger's impact in North London that not only had Arsenal won the title, but they had tailended it with a technically beautiful goal from a technically limited player.


When Javier Hernandez nodded the ball past Jonas Lossl on Saturday at The London Stadium, Martin Tyler's famous words came to the front of my mind. For that goal and that result really summed up our shambolic second season in the Premier League.


As I've watched my club in the bottom division, I feel uneasy when referring to this season as one of 'suffering' for the fans. But, in a way it's the best way to describe what we've been served up by the players.


During our Premier League journey I have attended plenty of games, yet I have only witnessed 4 actual victories. The majority of the time I have watched Town lose, without even threatening the opposition goal.


On Saturday I was shocked, delighted and stunned to see Town score not once, not twice but thrice! I was in wonderland and so were the rest of the travelling Town fans. With 15 minutes left in the game I and many other supporters were eagerly anticipating the warm feeling of a Town win.


In those remaining 15 minutes Town's players surrendered a 3-1 lead in the most frustrating way possible. West Ham didn't beat Town because they were far better, they beat Town because they decided they wanted it more in the last 15 minutes.


(Tommy Smith stares into the distance, presumably wondering where Javier Hernandez is)

Javier Hernandez, one of the most prolific strikers from close range that has ever played in the Premier League was left UNMARKED 6 yards when Town were 'clinging' on for dear life. Moments later Billing passed on his responsibility to mark the Mexican leaving Chris Lowe the impossible task of beating him in the air from 3 yards behind.


The West Ham game summed our season up perfectly. There was promise, a lack of belief, a lack of effort by the usual suspects and an overall acceptance of our inferiority. We're not slipping out of the Premier League because we're completely lacking in quality.


That is a factor undoubtedly, but the main reason for our relegation is the inferiority complex of our players and their inability to do the basics. The loss to West Ham was a disgrace, make no bones about that, but the bigger disgrace is that it is no longer shocking to see players in Town shirts offering absolutely nothing on the pitch.

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