West Ham captain Kurt Zouma says that West Ham are moving in the right direction, despite some “tough moments” and the past week summarises that perfectly.

In between two extremely disappointing away games, West Ham have had three brilliant wins at home. The past week has seen the Hammers get demolished 5-1 at Anfield on Thursday and then beat Manchester United 2-0 on Saturday. While the latter certainly does not make up for the embarrassing loss to Liverpool, it was brilliant to head into Christmas with such an important win.

Kurt Zouma was absent for Thursday’s match, and was evidently missed, but he was absolutely delighted with how his side got through a “tough game” against the Red Devils. “It feels great because this was a great win against a good team and a clean sheet as well, which is important for us,” he told WHUFC.com.

“It was a very, very tough game for us, especially after the game we had this week but, defensively, I think we were very solid. It was a solid game from everyone and everyone gave his all and everyone was fighting because this period was tough.”

For the majority of the first half, and some of the second, West Ham struggled to get hold of the ball so it left the whole team with a lot to do defensively. However, the players handled this pressure superbly and the centre-back puts this down to the relationship they all have with eachother.

“The spirit is always there, the mentality is always there and we always fight for each other like a family,” he stated. “That’s what I always say and as you can see today, everyone went in the same direction and was fighting for every ball. We were patient, we had some tough moments, but we managed to dig deep and stay strong and get the win at the end.”

“We had to do the job to stay compact and keep it solid, and the manager said at half-time that if we stay solid and don’t concede then something’s going to come, we were going to make a chance and that’s what happened.”

Amazingly, the Hammers head into Christmas in sixth place, after leap-frogging Man United with their win. Even though some fans will disagree, the skipper believes that overall they have been doing an excellent job this season. 

“We’re playing well and doing well. We’ve had a few tough moments, but everyone has. The most important thing is going the same direction, keeping the same spirit and positivity and I think that’s what we’re doing at the minute and hopefully we keep going up,” Zouma concluded.

It is shaping up to be another exciting season for our Irons. While we are all disappointed that we exited the League Cup the way we did, it is hard to deny that Moyes is doing great in the League as well as Europe. We currently sit just four points of the potential fifth Champions League place – who knows what this special group of players could go on to achieve this season.