CandH Exclusive: Cottee sets Irons points target


TCotteeWith Leroy Rosenior suffering from a sickness bug Tony Cottee has come to Claretandhugh’s aid with a match preview for the match against Chelsea tomorrow!

Thanks TC and get well soon Lee!

I have to be brutally honest and say I think we will be beaten by Chelsea tomorrow night so if there’s a point on offer now I’ll take it now.

I’ll  be in the crowd as a fan and I know precisely what will be going through the players’ heads: “When the hell are we gonna get another win.”

To be honest I didn’t see the Palace defeat coming and with Chelsea and Arsenal now on the agenda there is a danger that we could lost touch with the European qualifying places.

However, the lads are off to Dubai for warm weather training tomorrow and historically they always benefit from those trips so keep everything crossed they come back refreshed and up for it.

We have to hope that Chelsea will still have their heads in the clouds from winning the Capital One Cup. It won’t have been like the old days when teams went out on the lash but there could be a hangover as a result of the victory.

Like I say, I’d take a point now because the fact is that if we aren’t on our game and they are on theirs we will probably lose because they have better players – simple as that.

But historically West Ham have always raised their game big time against top sides and nothing has changed this time around so hope springs eternal.

Once we get these next two games out of the way we can look to a run in and I think Sam will be setting the team a points target close to 60 points.

There are no easy matches but if we want to qualify for Europe next season that’s about what it will take. It’s achievable but there are a lot of games in there against struggling sides which makes it doubly difficult.

A point tomorrow night would be brilliant but they are a very in form side – the best in the land so it couldn’t be tougher and I’m fearful.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • mattefumi69 says:

    60 points??? I think it’s just a mirage…

  • bubs says:

    There must be some heavy drugs going around 60 points ?
    And we start with a positive we are going to loose,where are these 21 points coming from if there are non tomorrow non against Arsenal,Cottee really thinks we are going to win 7 games with a team that has lost the art of winning,
    Some times I am lost foe words obviously maths was not a good subject.

  • rugbyirons says:

    60! Come on TC with Allardyce that’s being plain daft.Can’t beat Palace,sunny holiday in between two defeats and you expect a turn around? Based on what ?having a nice tan.Its not even the whole squad.Nolan’s not fit and should be at Shadwell recovering ,but hell be first on the beach Its a slap in the teeth to the fans paying top whack to watch bus parking and crap performances.

  • TysonM says:

    I hope he is right but i think he is about 10pts on the optimistic side im my humblest of humble opinions 🙂

  • Michael Miller says:

    60 points?? In your dreams!

    45 would be more like it the way West Ham are playing – BFS’s time at the a Club petering out with a whimper!

  • JimmyM says:

    Considering we have added just 8 points since Xmas 60 points is a dream.
    A nice one but then you have to wake up. : )

  • Doughball says:

    The worry is, if we lose tonight, we will be 24 pts behind Chelski. That’s just too much to make in 10 games!!!

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