Murphy: This will be precious for West Ham ahead of Sunderland showdown
By Matt Farr
Pundit Danny Murphy believes West Ham will have been boosted by ending their losing streak against Swansea.
West Ham had gone seven Premier League matches without a win prior to their Swansea triumph last time out, a run of form which left them back within close range of the relegation zone.
However, Murphy believes there will be a much ‘better feeling around the place’ heading into the crucial upcoming tie with Sunderland on Saturday.
The former Premier League midfielder revealed in his column for the Standard that their return to winning ways will be precious for them as they enter a testing climax to their Premier League campaign.
He said: “When you win a game after a run of defeats, everything changes. In training, everything is easier, there is not much panic in team meetings, not as much attention to every mistake in the previous game.
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“After a victory, there is just a better feeling around the place. People feel more able to act naturally without worrying that their behaviour will be frowned upon.
“There aren’t as many bears with sore heads. You’re confident and you let things flow.”
With only an eight-point cushion above the relegation zone, West Ham must maintain their winning run and pick up a second consecutive victory.
West Ham have endured a rollercoaster campaign this season, but have spent the majority of the season fighting in the bottom half of the table, much to the frustration of the fans.
They dropped into the bottom three after a miserable run of form in December, but rose as high as ninth following a swift turnaround in the new year.
But ultimately, there are destined to fail to improve upon, or even match, last season’s seventh-placed finish, which has seen the pressure increase on manager Slaven Bilic.
In other West Ham news, Michail Antonio has sent a Twitter message to fans following his devastating injury setback.