August is a month the vast majority of West Ham fans would rather forget.

Ill-discipline on the field and heightened speculation surrounding manager Slaven Bilić's future off it, September has been greeted with open arms in east London.

Three straight Premier League defeats and with Bilić's head firmly on the proverbial chopping block, the owners were contemplating swinging the axe in the hope of overturning a desperate start.

Now into the second month of the season and the heavy fog that had begun to descend on the London Stadium is slowly being lifted following marked improvement in results and performances.

The Hammers secured their first Premier League victory of the season against Huddersfield under the lights just over a week ago, relieving pressure like you wouldn't believe.

It was the perfect springboard for West Ham to kickstart their campaign and in the process win back fans' support.

The theory behind leaving Upton Park for new surroundings is a topic long to be discussed with many supporters still not convinced by the move.

However, the atmosphere in the morale-boosting victory over the newly-promoted Terriers puts to bed any lingering doubts that West Ham would never be able to call the London Stadium ‘home'.

And in the immediate aftermath of that precious first victory, Bilić was quick to acknowledge just how vital the three points were in galvanising his squad.

The signs were positive heading into last weekend's trip to The Hawthorns.

Foundations had been laid and new expectations were being considered as West Ham could finally get to grips away from home.

The midfield pairing of Cheikhou Kouyaté and Pedro Obiang looked assured in a revitalised Hammers unit as a first away point was secured.

In fairness the drab encounter did little to showcase West Ham's counter-attacking style which Bilić seems keen to implement on the road this season.

The return to fitness of Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll are invaluable if the Hammers are to kick on and the goal threat of Javier Hernández will always cause concern to the opposition.

Confidence is building and back-to-back clean sheets is certainly something that shouldn't be sniffed at.

“We were solid again,” Bilić reflected. “We limited them to just the one chance. Especially in the second half we were dominant, we were much better than them.

“The quality in the last third was missing. I have no complaints it has been a good week for us.

“To get a point away from home, you cannot be too negative about it. There were a lot of positives.”

There are much sterner tests ahead for West Ham, starting with a mouth-watering London derby with Tottenham on Saturday lunch time.

If the Hammers can replicate last season's fabulous victory over Spurs, all of a sudden the table will make much different reading.

From the despair of three consecutive defeats, Bilić's side can now look upwards and continue to build on the shift in momentum.

“We can’t say we’ve turned the season around. It’s too early to say this,” Bilić admitted.

“But we get the confidence back and get the pattern back. We definitely have something to be positive about.

“To have two clean sheets is very important for the whole team. Hopefully, we are going to do better in the last third of the pitch.”

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