Robert Snodgrass has stated one major reason beating Everton last weekend is so key in the coming weeks.
On the back of that win at Goodison Park, West Ham host Chelsea and then Manchester United before the next international break.
Going into that match on the back of five defeats, as would have been the case if Everton had won last weekend, would have made that duo of fixtures look like a nightmare.
Now, following that excellent win on Merseyside, Snodgrass feels he and his team-mates can get the better of their forthcoming expensively-assembled opponents.
In his own words
Snodgrass told the club’s official website: “The most important thing for us was to get that win on Sunday and give ourselves confidence to go into these games believing we can beat Chelsea; believing we can beat the best teams.
“We are a very good team and when you get the confidence from winning away from home, you need to take it back to your home stadium and win there too.”
Belief is the key
The major impact of that Everton victory is that it gives the Hammers genuine and well-founded belief that they can beat both Chelsea and United.
That simply wouldn’t be the case if last weekend brought another defeat. Talk would have turned to Crystal Palace’s seven straight defeats last season and Manuel Pellegrini’s job would have been under threat.
Now, talking about beating the big-boys and pushing on towards a top ten finish is realistic. The key for West Ham, fans and players alike, is to retain that belief throughout the season.
Belgian superstars Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku may well put Pellegrini’s men to the sword in the next two matches, but the belief shouldn’t change. That positivity is so vital to a strong season and a good atmosphere around the club.