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West Ham United fans are on cloud nine at the moment and rightly so.

Three wins in a row for the first time since 2016, nine goals in three games and some goal of the month contenders to boot.

In fact there are so many positives for Hammers fans right now they are spoilt for choice.

There is the winning mentality and great style of football being implemented by Manuel Pellegrini.

The individual performances of a host of players from Lukasz Fabianski to Declan Rice, Issa Diop, Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass.

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Hammers spoilt for choice over positives

The fact West Ham are winning games despite a Premier League-worst injury list.

A noticeable improvement in atmosphere and attitude at the London Stadium.

The emergence of young players like Grady Diangana.

And a very winnable FA Cup third round match against Championship Birmingham City.


So West Ham fans were understandably cheesed off when their third straight win, a 3-2 thriller over Crystal Palace, was shown fourth on BBC’s Match of the Day on Saturday night.

It was broadcast after games which had already been shown live on TV earlier that day.

And to add insult to injury the analysis that followed may have been complimentary but was short, sharp and ‘lazy’ according to fans on social media and forums.

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Lazy analysis irks West Ham fans

West Ham received 1min 38secs of analysis from host Gary Lineker, former Hammer Ian Wright and Martin Keown.

Wright spent 30 seconds analysing Javier Hernandez’s admittedly expertly finished tap-in. But Wright followed that up with a facepalm moment. Instead of waxing lyrical about Felipe Anderson’s wonder strike, he instead said: ‘Ideally you want to see the Palace defender getting across there and getting closer’.

There was no mention of West Ham’s revival under Pellegrini despite the injuries and a token nod to Snodgrass’ return to favour from Martin Keown.

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‘You can’t ignore us forever’

Supporters feel the ‘Top Six bias’ is growing stronger by the week. And episodes like this do nothing to dispel such conspiracy theories.

Many fans feel had West Ham lost three games in a week it would have been dissected in fine detail.

The Hammers faithful will hope their favourable fixtures – on paper at least- will mean the club’s progress can’t be ignored in the coming weeks.

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