West Ham fan Jack Teague looks at how the Hammers have managed to turn their season around in recent weeks

West Ham's Kevin Nolan celebrates scoring their third goal against Southampton. Picture: Action Images

West Ham's Kevin Nolan celebrates scoring their third goal against Southampton. Picture: Action Images

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by , West Ham fan

Just what on earth is going on at West Ham?

Admittedly we haven’t achieved anything yet in terms of survivial but to be in a position where three more wins would pretty much guarantee it is some going.

It wasn't that long ago we looked like the poorest side in the league by a long way.

Having been a supporter of the manager initially, I had found myself inching ever closer to the anti-Allardyce camp with gutless performance after gutless performance seeming to suggest we were on a fast track to the championship without so much as a whimper.

But after the point at Chelsea, wins against Swansea, Aston Villa, Norwich and now Southampton have followed, and all of a sudden second season syndrome doesn't seem so terminal.

Southampton might have bossed possession and chances but they didn’t want it as much as we did and it’s not many times West Ham fans have been able to say that over the last few months.

Injuries have eased but lets not forget these last three wins were achieved without our best striker and featuring only fleeting cameos from our fit again best defender, Winston Reid, who can’t get back in the side owing to the form of Collins and Tomkins.

But with just one goal conceded in five games who can you leave out?

Following some uncharacteristically slack defending Southampton went one up through Yoshida’s header but we hit back not long after when Matt Jarvis, finally having a half-decent game, looked marginally offside when brought Nolan's through ball down with a deft touch before poking it under Boruc to level.

Carlton Cole then made it two at the second attempt, volleying home form a corner after his header came back off the post.

Then in the second half his aerial threat caused problems from Stewart Downing's cross and the ball rebounded to Kevin Nolan who spectacularly volleyed home a third.

Three more points in the bag and another week when I could enjoy watching Match of the Day again!

With Nolan’s spectacular return to goalscoring form surely him and Allardyce will complete a player and manager of the month double for February.

It would be richly deserved and almost unthinkable when you think of where we were just a month prior.

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