Craig Dawson has a special reason for wanting a top performance against Sam Allardyce’s West Bromwich Albion tonight (Tues).
‘Daws’ has of course been outstanding since making a late arrival in the team and will be keen to perform well against a team for whom he played with distinction.
He boasts 185 Premier League appearances to his name, with 157 of those coming with the Baggies.
Since departing in 2018, Dawson he is yet to face his former club but after recent performances looks certain to be involved.
He has great respect for his former club and manager Sam Allardyce but teh Hammers are on something of a roll and will be a major disappointment should we come out with anythingb less than a win.
Unbeaten in five, with four clean sheets and only one defeat since early December, confidence amongst David Moyes’ players is understandably high.
Dawson attributes the Irons’ recent successes to a renewed competitiveness within the squad.
Commenting at https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2021/january/19-january/craig-dawson-well-have-be-our-best-against-west-brom he said: “I’ve got plenty of good memories from my time at West Brom.
“They’ve obviously got Sam Allardyce in there now as manager, and it’s going to be a tough game. We’re going to have to be at our best. Our preparation has been good, our recovery has been good – so hopefully we can get a positive result.”
“There’s a great atmosphere around the place at the minute. Everybody’s working hard and competing for places. We’re on a really good run of form, but every game is a tricky game, and we’ll have to be at our best on Tuesday.
“We’ve got a great squad here. It’s about how you perform week-in, week-out and if you don’t work together as a team, as a group it doesn’t put you in good stead.
“I think we’ve got the balance right here; we work hard as team and the whole squad is ready to help out.”
A strong team cohesion has been evident in West Ham’s astute defensive performances in recent weeks, with Dawson’s ability to seamlessly slot into the starting line-up a further example of the team’s togetherness.
The defender added: “I had to wait a little bit for my chance, but now I’ve finally got into the side and the performances have been really good.
“Angelo (Ogbonna) and I seem to have started a really good partnership and I hope that can continue. Coming to the club, you just want to play as many games as you can.
“Obviously, I want to finish as high as I can in the league. We’ve got a great squad and we just have to keep working hard, staying focused and performing.”