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Alex Scott puts Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville and the sycophantic Big Six brigade to shame with long overdue West Ham analysis
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Alex Scott puts Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville and the sycophantic Big Six brigade to shame with long overdue West Ham analysis

West Ham United continued their remarkable season with a 3-2 win at Crystal Palace last night and finally got some long overdue media praise.

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David Moyes has led West Ham to their best start to a top flight season for 35 years.

And the Hammers set a new club record last night as it was the first time the east Londoners have started a calendar year with six consecutive wins.

The victory pushed West Ham up to the dizzy heights of fourth after 20 games.

But they have got there by flying under the radar of the media spotlight.

During West Ham’s brilliant 2015/16 campaign – when they agonisingly finished just four points off the Champions League spots – they were inspired by the emotions of the last season at Upton Park and one Dimitri Payet.

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It was a season where all boats rose with the tide.

But this is different. This West Ham side look a proper team. So much so West Ham fans themselves don’t recognise what they are seeing at times.

You wouldn’t know West Ham are having such an excellent season based on media coverage, though.

West Ham fans have sat back and watched the likes of Everton, Aston Villa, Southampton and even Leeds (Sky Sports) grab all the attention. There were even segments on Newcastle after their good start to the season.

Indeed all those clubs have been subject of in-depth analysis about their chances of winning the Premier League title or qualifying for Europe.

Hammers star Aaron Cresswell recently acknowledged West Ham have not received the credit they perhaps deserve (whufc.com).

And it has not gone unnoticed by talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham either.

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Some fans may want to fly under the radar but sycophantic Big Six brigade continue to shun West Ham

The shock jock suggested there is a media snobbery when it comes to West Ham and insists it is about time the club were talked about as serious Champions League contenders. That was before the win over Palace too.

Many West Ham fans are happy to see their team fly under the radar. Moyes probably is too.

But this West Ham team and the club’s long suffering fans deserve the brilliant analysis of Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football or to be talked about in glowing terms by Gary Neville and co.

The likes of Sky Sports have become sycophantic cheerleaders for the self-styled “Big Six” – an embarrassing term coined by the company themselves.

Many West Ham fans have bemoaned the media coverage of their team this season.

It seems as though every time West Ham get a result, pundits put it down to an off day for their opponents.

There has been little or no analysis of West Ham’s star performers, setup or what has been behind the huge transformation this season.

And when there has the punditry has been lazy. Such as comparisons between Tomas Soucek and Marouane Fellaini – based, one can only assume, on the fact Moyes worked with the Belgian and he was tall and scored a few goals.

So it was left to the excellent Alex Scott to finally give West Ham the credit and analysis they deserve.

The pundit put Carragher, Neville and co to shame when she dissected everything that is good about West Ham at the moment on Match of the Day last night.

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Brilliant Alex Scott analysis puts fellow pundits to shame

“When I watch West Ham now they’re exciting to watch and they’re more on the front foot, they want to take the game to teams now instead of waiting to see how the game develops,” Scott said on MOTD.

“I was so impressed, once again, with their attacking play… (Scott show clips highlighting the work Michail Antonio does off the ball to cause problems).

“Winning the ball back higher up the pitch (Scott highlights Tomas Soucek and Pablo Fornals’s importance to this). (Said) Benrahma I’ve been so impressed with (highlights his influence with clips).

“This is West Ham, on the front foot, taking the game to teams. He (Antonio) will be so frustrated that he only thing missing from his performance was getting on the scoresheet. But his movement (was excellent), going out wide to allow space for the likes of Benrahma.

“I just like the balance in midfield as well with Soucek and Declan Rice. (Then going forward there is) quality on the end of it, numbers forward, creating opportunities.

“This West Ham team, all of a sudden they have a hunger, they have energy about them and you can see what David Moyes is building.

“There’s more to come from this West Ham team.”

And hopefully there is more analysis like that to come from Scott.

A superb summary and insight that has been hard earned and long overdue.

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