Thursday, January 3

One hundred per cent record in 2013!

West Ham 2 Norwich 1

We're still in Pentewan for the New Year's Day game, but manage to follow the game via text, iffy wi-fi connection and Radio 5 after an up and down coastal walk to Magavissey - a bit like our season. Matt texts of strange happenings in Ken's Cafe. "It's all kicked off with some young idiot lacking respect and too stupid to order cups of tea. Carol kicked him out." Blimey.

While the mad dogs are running across the wide expanse of Pentewan beach my phone works long enough to hear of a two-goal lead at half-time lead through a Nobes pen, after a shirt pull on Reid, and a second scored by unsung hero Joey O'Brien while a Norwich player was down injured. Radio 5 confirms the inevitable 90th minute Norwich goal to make if difficult, but somehow we hold on.

Matt comments in a Samuel Beckett-esque text: "Should never have been in doubt. Somehow we contrived to give them hope when they had been awful for 70 minutes. CC missed a sitter and they hit the post with a free kick. Two really poor teams. Won 2-1 despite worst efforts of hopeless subs Maiga and Spence. Clinging on desperately in game we should have wrapped up. We won even though Mystic Morris rashly claimed 'We'll stuff the Canaries today!'"

Hanging on in quiet desperation is the West Ham way. Mystic Morris reports "We deserved to win but were shocking in the last ten minutes" and confirms some epic anger management issues between the Vicar's Son and our subs. The Gav has my ticket and texts: "Needed some luck (and their injuries). Seemed to flirt with disaster in second half so final whistle was a relief. Totally controlled first half though."

Thanks to modern technology it's almost like being there. A big three points for a team without the suspended Nolan and Collins and some welcome distance between us and the bottom six. Good to see Vaz Te play a full game and hit the post and Collison is back too, giving the squad a lot more options. Four more wins from 18 games and we're safe, which has always been the priority this season.

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