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Rice sets heart on Mooro/Bonzo Cup heroics

BondscupDeclan Rice has his heart set on emulating Bobby Moore and Billy Bonds.

The teenager has started both Caraboa Cup matches this season and is now eyeing a run all the way to Wembley on Final day.

He may have to be part of a successful team at the famous stadium before that by perhaps being involved in overcoming Spurs on October 23.

Commenting on the Cup competition the teenager said: ” “There is so much history in the cups with West Ham, the FA Cup and League Cup, so we want to go on a good run and get to Wembley again,”

“I saw a really good video with Bobby Moore and Billy Bonds and I’d love to experience the same feelings they did by winning a trophy.

“If you want to be a top player, you have got to win trophies and I want to emulate them.”

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Bilic ponders pleasant selection headache

RiceSlaven Bilic as a selection dilemma hanging over the involvement of Arthur Masuaku and Declan Rice ahead of the match against Spurs at the weekend.

The manager made a point of drawing special attention to Rice’s performance against Bolton describing him as having the brain of a 30 year old and finding it impossible to decide whether he would be a better central defender or midfelder.

He will have Reid and Ogonna available for the match against Spurs but it will fascinating to see whether the 18 year old could be involved at the back or in front of them should the manager go with a flat back four.

Most good judges gave rave reviews to the teenager who has clearly forced his way into Bilic’s thinking for Saturday whilst Masuaka’s performance and sensational goal will put him in with a shout over Aaron Cresswell who has been off colour at times this season.



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Hammers off to Wembley in next round

West Ham have been drawn away to Spurs in the next round of the FA Cup with the high profile clash going ahead at Wembley.

Phil Thompson pulled the Hammers No 10 out of the hat after Charlie Nicholas had drawn Spurs as the first ball.

So Saturday’s match against the North Londoners could almost be seen as a dress rehearsal for the derby on October 23.

David Gold and everybody else had hoped the Hammers would get a home draw but it would be entirely fitting for us to get the victory at Wembley where Bobby Moore’s statue stands so proudly outside the ground.










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Positive Gold: “Beating Spurs won’t be a miracle”

Get in my son!

Get in my son!

David Gold believes the Irons have every chance of getting a result against Spurs on Saturday insisting that he approaches every game with great hope because we have a very good squad.

Gold watched what he described as a thoroughly competent performance against Bolton Wanderers – a game which gave the Irons their third clean sheet on the trot.

Speaking exclusively to CandH he said: “It was a totally commanding performance and the youngsters who took part – Declan Rice, Quina, Nathan Holland and Seaed Haksabanavich all looked good and in no way out of place.

“There’s a lot to be encouraged about and we go into the Spurs game which comes after we haven’t conceded in three which is a good place to be.

Spurs haven’t been at their absolute best this season and we are not in a place where anyone would see it as a miracle if we beat them. We are hopeful because we have a very good squad. I’m looking forward to it.”

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Rice has brain of a 30 year old – Bilic

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Slaven Bilic believes that 18 year old Declan Rice has the brain and concentration of a 30 year old.

There’s a rising confidence in the manager that the West Ham future is in great hands as he sees the youngsters making their way into the first team set-up.

He watched delighted as a new crop of kids made their presence felt in the Caraboa Cup match and said: “Declan Rice is only young on paper, but he has a brain and concentration as if he was 30 years old

. “He’s thinking about the game, he’s thinking about his positioning and everything. He is totally in the game, which is putting him in a position that he has everything to become a really, really good player.

“Declan can play in both positions. He is naturally a centre-back, but he has enough skill and stamina in his legs to play as a holding midfielder, and the brains to play both.

Where he is going to play in his career, I really don’t know. If I had to choose I would say centre-back, but I don’t see anything he doesn’t have not to be a top holding midfielder, as he can pass the ball and has good stamina, so both!

“Haksabanovic was good. He didn’t surprise me, but it is really difficult for a young player to play his first game, but he looked very mature. The lads around him helped him to get into the game and he did very good, so I’m very pleased with him, as I am with Dom Quina and Nathan Holland.

“Those four players have a bright future if they play like that.”


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Bilic heaps praise on Sakho

slaven-bilic-diafra-sakho-west-ham_3343834Slaven Bilic is delighted with the attitude being displayed by Diafra Sakho both on and off the pitch.

After running foul of some infamous summer incidents with Rennes the striker is back in favour with the boss who has heaped an unusual amount of praise on him.

Bilic has never been entirely clear on the circumstances surrounding the trip to France and the reports that the player had undergone a medical.

But his view appears to be that not all was as it seemed although he has refused to elaborate.

However, he is clearly pleased to have to player returning to his best and pushing for more game time saying: “Sakho, as I said last week, his attitude and mood is spot-on, really spot-on.

He looks really motivated in training and that’s why he was playing for us from the start or coming on. I have no complaints whatsoever and I am not trying to hide things.

His determination is really good and he looks really good, injury-free and willing to train and play good for West Ham United.”

And he added: ““We are through in the cup with another clean sheet, which is very important. I told the guys we should build on this and it’s been a good eight days for us – three clean sheets, four points in the Premier League and going to the next round of the cup.

“Every little positive thing helps you get back to where you want to be, so this was definitely a positive.”



Obiang injury blow

Pedro scored his first ever Hammers game

Mark Noble is on standby to take over from Pedro Obiang in the Irons midfield on Saturday.

Obiang is understood to have pulled a muscle in the game against West Brom and was not even on the bench for the game against Bolton Wanderers last night.

And ClaretandHugh learned today that the injury – whilst not serious – may be sufficient to keep him out of the lunchtime clash with Spurs this weekend.

Noble has his first run out against Bolton last night since taking a knock himself and looked in decent nick in the Caraboa Cup clash at the London Stadium.

But Obiang’s absence is a blow and the second to hit the Irons following the ankle ligament injury problem suffered by James Collins.

However, we were assured that this is a small injury and that the midfielder is expected back for the game against Swansea City at home next Saturday.


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How to follow ‘No 10’ Irons in Carabao Cup draw

West Ham enter the hat for the last 16 of the Carabao Cup immediately following the end of the match between Manchester United and Burton Albion this evening.

And the draw can be followed on Sky Sport with the Irons being number 10 ball.

The other clubs who progressed into the next round on Tuesday evening were AFC Bournemouth, Bristol City, Crystal Palace, Leeds United, Leicester City, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

They and us will be joined by either Arsenal or Doncaster Rovers, Chelsea or Nottingham Forest, Everton or Sunderland, Manchester United or Burton Albion, and West Bromwich Albion or Manchester City, who all play tonight (Wednesday).

The Hammers of course will be hoping that the likes of Spurs and should they win, Arsenal, Man United, Everton and Man City will be drawn against each other leaving us with a nice home fixture against what might be considered slightly less exalted company.




Bilic piles more pressure on Arnautovic

bilic_main_3437996b-large_transpjliwavx4cowfcaekesb3kvxit-lggwcwqwla_rxju8Slaven Bilic watched Marko Arnautovic  produce a quality performance last night against Bolton but said – it’s not enough.

The former Stoke Player was Bilic’s top choice to join the Irons in the summer and the club splashed out £24 million to make it happen.

And Bilic has poured the pressure on him to ensure that he gives full value for money telling him it’s time “to push the borders.”

After the game the manager said: “I could have asked for more. I want him to do more. He’s got that quality and that something extra.

“I like him as a player but sometimes he gets happy with the few things that he does when I want him to push the borders.

“I know what he’s capable of and I want him to keep molesting the opposition and never be happy in a positive way. But of course he did the job here.

“After what happened last month, this is the beginning of the comeback for him.”


Arnie’s ready for Spurs



Marko Arnautovic – having played the pivotal role in the victory over Bolton – is more than ready but warned: “It’s not only about Harry Kane.”

The record signing was in outstanding form last night and commented: “I’m really pleased with this, how we played, how we acted. Of course, we can always improve, we had many chances to score more goals, but I think we played very solid and we can progress like that.

“The first three games of the season was not West Ham, but now we’re progressing and getting better.

“Bolton had nothing to lose. They came here and wanted to impress, but I think we handled this perfect. We didn’t let them have any chances, we played solid and we showed good personality and this is the most important thing.

“We have done our job and played well, but the game is gone and we have to focus on Saturday.”

“I don’t know about how the previous matches have gone against Spurs, as this is my first year here, but this is a London derby and we are playing at home, so of course we want to win this game, but it’s going to be a tough challenge,” he said.

“Tottenham is a very good team, but we’re going to see on Saturday. We will recover on Wednesday and then on Thursday and Friday we’re going to work hard to see that we can win this game on Saturday.”

“It’s about the whole team, it’s not only about Harry Kane. It’s never about one player. We need to stop everyone, but we need to focus on us and not on them.

“We need to play our game and we are playing at home, we have the crowd with us, so let’s play on the front foot and we’re going to see how it is.”