West Ham players, staff and fans were left fuming after their late draw with West Bromwich Albion at the London Stadium on Saturday, feeling rather harshly treated by the officials before being robbed of a win in the dying moments of the game.
Having come back from 1-0 down, before going off on one about the performance of Michael Oliver and his colleagues, manager Slaven Bilic was full of praise for his side’s showing in turning the game on its head, with goals from Sofiane Feghouli and a cracker from Manuel Lanzini looking to have sealed the three points for the Hammers.
Having let things settle, and ignoring the decisions made by the officials, the addition of former Hull and Norwich playmaker, Robert Snodgrass, looks to have worked a treat.
Whilst the Scotsman is yet to notch a goal or register an assist his work, in place of the departed Dimitri Payet, is having a stark impact on the side.
With the Frenchman in the side, all attacks would have been focused on going through him, meaning that the Hammers were rather predictable when on the front foot, however, with Payet gone the likes of Lanzini, Anotino and Feghouli appear to be dovetailing well with their new playmaker.
The Scotland international was linking well with his new teammates and was unlucky not to have claimed his first goal for the club when Baggies shot-stopper Ben Foster tipped his whipped free-kick around the far post whilst the visitors still had the lead.
Former Hammers defender, Bilic, switched his tactics from their win over Southampton, reverting to a back four for the visit of Tony Pulis’ side and the 29-year-old Snodgrass appeared to adapt to the new forward shape, without Andy Carroll, well after impressing in the win at St. Mary’s a week prior.
Due to their not being involved in the FA Cup fifth round this weekend for West Ham and the squad there is now a two week wait until their next fixture, when they travel to Watford looking to avenge a 4-2 drubbing at the London Stadium earlier this season.
While there is no better way to get into the rhythm of a side than by playing with them regularly, the break will give Snodgrass more time to feel at home in his new surroundings and, whilst the January signing has already been impressing his new bosses with Snodgrass being more comfortable by the week, things can seemingly only get better from here.