West Ham on track to achieve first ever positive goal difference

West Ham United are on course to record a positive goal difference for the first time ever since the inception of the Premier League 23 years ago.

The Hammers have been in the Premier League for 19 of the 23 seasons since it was first introduced in 1992.

And somewhat astonishingly the club is yet to finish a season having scored more goals than they have conceded in the top tier of English football.

The fact may come as a surprise to some given the Hammers have been famed for their attacking football over the years. The East Londoners have also enjoyed a number of strong finishes in the Premier League including ending the season in fifth, seventh and eighth and finishing ninth place and 10th three times each.

But even in those seasons the club, which has arguably been just as famous for having a 'soft underbelly' as it was for attacking flair,  has had a minus on the end of season report thanks to a superior goals against column.

That could all be about to change though as Sam Allardyce's side find themselves in ninth place and on a plus one goal difference with just three games to go.

While football is a team game, it could be argued that is mainly down to the work of three key players who have had a direct impact at both ends of the pitch this season.

Plundering 12 goals, summer signing Diafra Sakho has been a revelation with his regular scoring exploits this season and, but for two extended spells out through injury, would surely have been knocking on the door to reach the 20-goal mark.

Welsh veteran James Collins has been superb for most of the season and has comfortably been the club's most reliable centre back given the amount of time both Winston Reid and James Tomkins have spent out injured.

And the Ginger Pele, as he is affectionately known at Upton Park, has been backed up by Hammers cult hero Adrian inbetween the sticks. The Spaniard has been very consistent all season and matched a Premier League record of three straight penalty saves against QPR last weekend.

Ultimately West Ham's results against Aston Villa, Everton and Newcastle in their forthcoming games will determine if they break that record but speaking to West Ham's official website, Allardyce is confident they will do so.

He said: "We’ve scored more goals than we’ve ever scored, even with three more games to go.”

Allardyce's must have been referring solely to the time he has been at the club because the Hammers have in fact had better scoring ratios in at least seven of their Premier League seasons.

The 60-year-old from Dudley has come under intense pressure to keep his job after watching the Hammers drift down the league from the heady heights of fourth to midtable during the second half of the season.

But he is clearly doing something right should West Ham break their goal difference hoodoo.

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