DG: “We must push past the injuries”


gold-david-gold-west-ham-co-owner-july-2014_3179990David Gold has emphasised the importance of three points from this afternoon game at the London Stadium declaring: “We really need a win to be comfortable.”

And he added: “We don’t want to be going to Manchester City next week and into the internationl break without a victory so already this has become a massive game.”

The co chairman was interested in the manager’s line-up which saw Michael Antonio released from his dutes at right back and gven a wde midfield role on the left.

And he said: “Some may have been surprised to see him on that side but he played there a lot for Nottingham Forest and scored goals.

“I thought he did well out there and I thought Gokham Tore looked promsing despite not being up to full fitness so it will be interesting to see ho the manager plys it this afternoon.

“There can be no disputing the importance of the game at a time, adly, when we have numerous injuries, but we have to push past that and get a result.”

And on their appearance for the first league game ever at The London Stadium, manager Slaven Bilic said: ” The best way to settle is to win. A win on Sunday hopefully will make it really feel like a warm home.

“Victories are what makes settling in much easier. It’s not intimidating until you make it intimidating with your quality.

“I felt and the guys felt that the atmosphere was really great in our two games there so far and you could feel the bond between the fans and the players.”

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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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  • Fish N Chips says:

    Personally, I’m not going to worry. I would like us to end our 1st ever league game at the LS with a win, but I think as the season progresses, we can crank it up.
    Even with just 1 point from the 1st 3 I wouldn’t start jumping up and down. I think we have a v good squad already (although I do think Valencia is light weight). We’ll be good this season.

  • kevin says:

    I wouldn’t be overjoyed with 1 point . I know the squad is depleted by having something like nine current injuries . Something no other club ever seem to suffer !!. You have to wonder if Knees and studs are going in at every game against us , subtle, but going in . I find it hard to believe that so many ( little Knocks , as described by west ham ) small injuries should keep players out for so long . Don’t want to use lack of fit players as an excuse though .
    Three points are very important for us today . If we don’t get them we will be struggling to catch up , again . But while teams like Arsenal , Tottenham & Liverpool are having a relatively poor start we have every chance of going above them . So , in short , it’s up to today’s team to give it a right go .
    West Ham 3 – 1 Bournemouth. COYI . Hammers forever .

  • Bob says:

    Kevin it is the 2nd of 38 games.Why would we struggling to catch up,Burnley are in 7th place on 3 points for goodness sake.

    • kevin says:

      Bob , it’s just a feeling mate . The longer the season goes on with a below par team the harder it’s going to get . The top Six clubs are already on six points . And don’t look very likely to drop many .
      Would be nice to see Sahko settle back in . Forgive and forget is not a bad thing .
      Maybe Sahko will be given a run out soon , hope so . He doesn’t have to prove anything in reality . We all know is he is good , very good . With Ayew and Carroll out it could be his chance to recover the lost ground between him , the club & fans alike .
      And exactly ; Burnley are in 7th with 3 points . Hull City are above them .
      Where are we ?? , a win today is , as I said before , very important .

  • johnboy says:

    Why haven’t the club made a statement about Carroll ? Or did I miss it ?
    I’m sure we would all like to know for sure , there must be a list as long as the s/t in waiting
    To give their input , let alone the vultures up in the eaves ?
    One or two more injury’s will take its toll on the squad big time , that’s assuming no more new boys come in ? At the panic stage ? To not get a result today will be a blow , a draw will not do for a lot of reasons !!
    I personally can’t wait for lanzini and payet to come back along with sakho !
    They make us tick !!!

    • JB says:

      DG said he wouldn’t talk about injuries prior to a game.He doesn’t want to give secrets away.Bit late for that it would seem 🙂

  • bubs says:

    Push past the problem of paying out for Bony,
    Then we will forget the other problems,the thing with winning today will be that we will be told we have a big enough squad and don’t need Bony then another probably Calleri will get a knock and the window will shut,
    We don’t need Bony as cover we need him because he is world class and
    Valencia,Sakho and AC are not

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