Ryan Fredericks has very good memory of Aston Villa and is not ready to see it spoiled in anyway when the Hammers arrive in the midlands on Monday evening.
For it was Villa that his former club Fulham edged out of the EFL EFL Championship Play-Off final in 2018, denying the Birmingham-based club a return to the Premier League.
Soon after of course he left Craven Cottage on a free transfer to the London Stadium and is this season busily establishing himself as the Hammers’ first choice right back.
And that in itself is a big reason for wanting another top display at Villa Park as the Hammers look to make it three Premier League victories on the bounce.
After seeing his season spoiled by injury last term he will know that he must remain at the top of his game in a Hammers squad where the pressure is seriously on for places right now.
And speaking at https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2019/september/14-september/ryan-fredericks-ive-got-very-good-memories-facing-aston he recalled the last time he met them in that play-off final.
He said: “I’ve got very good memories of that game. I had a few good games against them for Fulham, even before the game when we got promoted!
“Obviously, they’ve got a much-changed team now and have brought in some quality players to add to the very good players they already had, so it’s going to be another tough game against them.
“Big games under the lights always bring out the best in the lads and this is Monday Night Football on Sky Sports at a good stadium in Villa Park, so we’ll all give that extra two or three per cent and hopefully we can get the win.”
Villa have lost three of their four Premier League matches so far, but the No24 says things will be far from easy.
He added: “They had a good team [last season] and have brought in ten or 12 players, so we’re expecting a tough game.
“They’ve been unlucky with a few decisions that have gone against them, otherwise they’d have got a few more points and be up there with us and the other teams towards the top of the table.
“We’re expecting a tough game, but we’re confident we can pick up the three points.”