It is fair to say West Ham United are a team heading in the right direction under David Moyes.

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Nothing highlights that more than the fact West Ham have just one less point after 17 games than they did after 31 last season.

It is an astonishing turnaround that sees the Hammers just three points off the Champions League spots in this wide open season nearing the halfway stage.

Much was being made of the fact this was West Ham’s best start to a season for five years.

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West Ham on the up after best start for 22 years

Back in 2015/16 West Ham were inspired by Dimitri Payet and the emotions of their final ever season at their beloved Upton Park.

But in fact the victory over Everton on New Year’s Day saw West Ham eclipse the Farewell Boleyn campaign in terms of points amassed at the same stage.

This is now West Ham’s best start to a season for 22 years. That is not to be sniffed at.

That Paolo Di Canio inspired 1998/99 season saw West Ham go on to record their highest ever Premier League finish of fifth.

In 2015/16 West Ham recorded their record Premier League points tally of 62 – finishing just four points shy of the Champions League spots after a joint league highest 14 draws.

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Media snub Hammers as Everton, Villa, Saints and Leeds get all the praise

Turning just three of those into wins would have seen the Hammers at Europe’s top table.

West Ham got plenty of plaudits and hype during those brilliant campaigns.

But you wouldn’t know West Ham are having such an excellent season based on media coverage this time around.

West Ham fans have sat back and watched the likes of Everton, Aston Villa, Southampton and even Leeds grab all the attention.

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

West Ham may be sat in 10th place, but their performances and results speak for themselves.

The fixture list – on paper at least – appears to have been kind to the Hammers for January and February.

 

So there is no reason why Moyes’s side cannot continue to push up the tightly congested table.

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 to no analysis of West Ham’s star performers.

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.

Soucek is a much more agile, mobile and effective footballer.

But West Ham star Aaron Cresswell is happy with the lack of recoginition.

The defender has been one of West Ham’s key players this season.

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And he acknowledged West Ham have not received the credit they perhaps deserve (whufc.com).

But that is fine by him as he wants West Ham to keep flying under the radar.

“Look we’re nearly halfway through the season (so West Ham’s form is no flash in the pan),” Cresswell told whufc.com when it was put to him that nobody has been talking about West Ham.

“If we can go under the radar and keep going about our work the way we have, it’ll be good for us.

“We know throughout the course of the season we’re not going to win every game. We’re not going to out pass everyone, we’re not going to create chances against every single team week in, week out.

“But as long as we’ve got a game plan and a mindset and a team spirit I think that will take us a long way.”

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