Here we go with another column; in one of the most depressing weeks to be a West Ham fan for some time. The game against Man United should have been a joyful carnival that would have sent us partying down Green Street to Wembley; instead we got the worst home performance since August.
Slaven Bilic refused to criticise referee Craig Pawson following West Ham United's 3-3 draw against Arsenal on Saturday for fear of sounding "ridiculous".
I know it’s poor form to blame the ref, especially when both goals we conceded against Palace last week were terrible individual errors, but seriously Mark Clattenburg, what were you thinking?
After Saturday’s draw at home to Crystal Palace, West Ham have now drawn 2-2 six times this season, making it our most common scoreline to date.
Well you could have knocked me down with a feather.
Now I thought long and hard about this piece, because I know it goes right against the grain of the general West Ham opinion over the Cheikhou Kouyate situation.
When both sets of players and managers agree that a player has been harshly sent off, it's difficult to express sympathy with the referee. And when your team had been the victim of a string of similarly-poor calls, it's perhaps no surprise that conspiracy theories begin to emerge.
In spite of having no Premier League action, last week still proved a hell of a week to be a West Ham fan. On to Mark Noble’s testimonial; firstly, the man.
It was just that, wasn't it? A perfect day for Mark Noble shared with the West Ham family, an emotional occasion that will live long in the memory.
Consider, if you dare, what would happen if the disgraceful refereeing decisions that have overwhelmed West Ham these past two matches had happened to Manchester United.