David Moyes believes he now sees the real West Ham after another show that ended in a 1-1 draw with Manchester City.
It’s hard to see where their next point will come from in games against Arsenal, Wolves, Leicester, Tottenham and then City, when the Hammers broke 2-0 at home in Newcastle on the first day.
With two wins, a dramatic draw at Spruce and then a superb performance on Saturday, West Ham have eight points to their name and a step ahead of next weekend’s trip to Liverpool.
“I was absolutely stunned after our performance in Newcastle and I never saw it come in the pre-season. I saw what I see now, ”said Hammers boss Moyes.
“I want to put it all away. Now it’s more than we expect to play – two wins and two draws against teams that find it difficult to take points.
“We played better against Spurs than City, but it was hard for us to beat, and it was hard to score, which is good for us against City and their ability.
“We have a team of players, others are waiting to come, we have brought in players, so the competition is tough now. If you want to stay on the team you need to continue performing.
“We’ve got a good team and team spirit, which is evident in our performances, and as a team we’re getting better and our football is getting better. I’m really happy with how things are going in that perspective.
“Everyone thought it would be tough when they watched the matches, but because the players played so well and because of their attitude and determination, everyone trained so well, there are so many things that gave me hope.
“I passed on Saturday thinking we had a good chance of achieving something – you say a lot when you play Manchester City – but it’s from other results.
“Our main performances were excellent and we got decent points from the teams we played for.”
Michael Antonio’s superb bicycle kick gave West Ham the lead in the first half but substitute Phil Foden saved a point for City half time later.
“This is not a good thing, we need three people, but we’m not a very worried team,” Foden told City’s website.
“We will overcome it and move forward to see what we can improve.”