Sports editor Mark Lea’s column - Mid-table and a cup run will make me a happy Hammer

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For the last three decades I’ve been hoping to see my favourite football club win a major trophy. And the wait goes on...

As a supporter of West Ham United, I don’t really expect too much.

A mid-table finish and a cup run would usually keep me happy. I’d settle for that this season.

Right now I’m in a very good mood because the Hammers produced an excellent performance on Saturday to beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park.

Hopefully that will be followed up by a couple of home wins this week.

But there will be spells when things are not going quite as well as they did at the weekend.

The highs and lows are all part of being a fan, whoever you support.

The play-off final win at Wembley Stadium just over two years ago was my greatest day as a Hammer.

I’ve seen more than 200 live matches – a figure which would have been much higher if I hadn’t been covering Rushden & Diamonds home and away for 12 seasons.

Over the last three years I’ve been to the majority of games at Upton Park plus a few away fixtures, especially during the promotion campaign.

Personally I like Sam Allardyce and he’s doing a good job. I really don’t understand why he always seems to be under pressure and facing the sack.

Unfortunately he can’t get rid of this tag of long-ball tactics.

But I don’t believe West Ham have been playing that way and you only have to look at the quality of the goals scored by Mauro Zarate and Stewart Downing at the weekend.

It would be great to see them playing ‘the West Ham way’ every week but I care more about results than performances.

And in two years I feel confident the Olympic Stadium will be full of more than 50,000 happy Hammers.