Skin of our teeth

  
West Ham are through to the 3rd round of Europa League qualifiers after scraping through against Malta outfit Birkirkara.

In a match that clearly showed a team coming up against fitness level issues, and struggling to cope with the heat, West Ham will this morning thanking their lucky stars as an embarrassing exit from the Europa League looked on the cards.

European naivety would be the best way to describe the teams performance also, with players falling into the trap of allowing themselves to be provoked when really their focus should have been on the football. 

James Tomkins was harshly sent off, in a decision from the referee that although wrong, was expected. 

Our aim for qualifying at that point seemed doomed, and although a goal down, the team dug deep and managed to reach a penalty shootout – one that I must admit I expected us to lose.

But like our infamous shootout with Everton last season, we were victorious – with Diego Poyet slotting home the decisive spot kick.

On we march … Just!

COYI  

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