Monday, February 06, 2006


Six in a Row

It's 6 wins in 6 matches* for Alan Pardew's side as they overcame 10-man Sunderland thanks to second-half goals from Dean Ashton and Paul Konchesky.

The Londoners now sit in eighth on the table (although Blackburn one point below have a game in hand) and there is talk of battling for European qualification, with sixth position still up for grabs. While that's not out of the question, a top-10 finish would still be a spectacular result for the Irons, whose original target after scraping through promotion was survival in the top division. As it stands, they are only two points away from the coveted total of 40 points, although as we all know that isn't necessarily enough to ensure survival, it is unlikely that the Hammers will finish the season without another win or two to guarantee at least one more season in the Premiership.

Alan Pardew said, "We've always stuck to wanting to finish as high in this league as we can and that's still the case. We're almost in sight of reaching our first target which would mean a successful season for us and that's staying in this league. So let's see how high we can go."

Mick of the Mackems put the gap between his cellar-dwellars Sunderland and high-flying West Ham rather poignantly when he said, "They got off to a good start this season, and built on it and continued to build. And then went out and bought a £7 million striker."

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