West Ham United may have lost to Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday, but the Hammers looked better than they have in months and the signs were promising that they can turn things around after all.
"They (West Ham) didn't want to play, they had 10 players inside the box, they take 20 seconds to the goalkeeper and that has happened the last few games". The opponent doesn't want to play.
City's record-equalling 13th successive league win moved them eight points clear of second placed Manchester United ahead of next weekend's clash with Jose Mourinho's men. I am not judging but it is hard.
I thought this performance gives us hope it can be done.
For those looking for chinks in Blue Armour, they will point to the fact that City have struggled to get over the line against Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham.
The Gavin & Stacey creator slammed the side as "Avram Grant bad" on the back of their 4-0 defeat to Everton midweek and Corden was a bag of nerves when manager David Moyes pit his wits against those of Pep Guardiola this weekend. "If we can take something about the Fergie time, it is welcome, a pleasure".
Both clubs have Champions League group games to fulfil before arguably the biggest game of the Premier League season, City against Shakhtar Donetsk and United versus CSKA Moscow, but the build-up starts now.
David Moyes insisted West Ham will not face the drop despite losing three of his opening four games: 'I don't think we will be in trouble.
TV rights holders of more than 20 crews will be in attendance and, as a result, United feel the tunnel will be too busy to accommodate another which is not an official Premier League broadcast partner. We defended much better today. The difficulty in beating English sides has now been related to the opponent's tactics, at least by some in the Manchester City squad.
Fernandes has played a bit-part role for West Ham thus far, but that is surely about to change, raising more questions over the long-term future of Noble at the London Stadium.
"Teams come to the Etihad now and defend so deep to try to frustrate, but I wish them all the best and hope they can win a lot of trophies at the end of the season". But we've got players like David (Silva) in the team and great players and match winners and we knew if we kept going and kept plodding away that we would get our chances.
The Irons, who appeared more organised than they have done in recent matches, finally got the goal they deserved when Angelo Ogbonna headed home from an Aaron Cresswell cross and scored his first in the Premier League just before the break.