George Parris: "We need to learn to win ugly with so many winnable games in January"
Former Irons favourite George Parris says it is time for West Ham fans to stop being sniffy – and to be happy with winning ugly, if that is what it takes.
The recent 2-1 win over West Brom was hardly one for the purists but after disappointing results against Newcastle and Bournemouth, a win, however it came about, was just what the doctor ordered.
In his exclusive column for Blowing Bubbles magazine, Parris says that win – and the 1-1 draw with Spurs – were the ideal start to the new year. “It was key that we got the result against West Brom, and followed that with a valuable point against Spurs,” he wrote. “Now we’re in the midst of a run of games against teams around us. It’s really important we pick up as many points as we can. If it’s a choice between getting beat or playing scrappy and getting the points, I know what I’d take!”
For more from George Parris, the thoughts of goalkeeping legend and an exclusive interview with two-time West Ham player Don Hutchison – as well as every manager in the club’s history, rated and ranked – pick up a copy of the new Blowing Bubbles, out now