For West Ham United fans there is good reason the upcoming run of supposedly easier fixtures fills them with dread.
West Ham have defied all predictions by picking up eight points – two less than they truly deserve – from one of the most daunting set of fixtures ever handed to a Premier League team at the start of a season.
It may not sound much. But coupled with a positive goal difference and a run of much easier fixtures – on paper at least – it sets West Ham for what could be a very successful season.
Many fans will tell you the real West Ham way is beating a top team and losing to a lesser team the very next game.
The real West Ham way
It has been an age-old problem for the east Londoners.
And some supporters fear West Ham will ruin all their good work by failing to turn up for the games against the so-called lesser sides on the horizon.
West Ham face just two of last season’s top six between now and the end of January.
But can David Moyes get his side as motivated and organised for the less glamorous schedule?
Well West Ham star Tomas Soucek gets it.
Soucek warns teammates over complacency
He has taken the words right out of the mouths of West Ham fans by firing a warning to his teammates not to get complacent (whufc.com).
“We looked to our schedule we knew it was difficult,” Soucek told whufc.com.
“But from Arsenal, we got better and better, and now we’ll work hard towards the next game and we want to win against Fulham.
“It will be a different challenge from the last four games for us now.
“We’ve been playing teams from the top six recently and now we want to keep more of the ball and create more chances.”
Intrigue and concern over whether Hammers can build on fine start
Soucek is spot on. And it is perhaps the most intriguing and concerning issue for West Ham right now.
Can they step up and take the points in games they are expected to win? Games where they are expected to be on the front foot with the opposition sitting back and defending deep as West Ham have done of late.
Fulham go into Saturday’s game off the back of improved performances and their first win of the season.
But they still looked poor and West Ham should be full of confidence.