Hammers look for a hat-trick


West Ham will be looking to produce a hat trick of winning performance in Germany this evening when they take on former Europa Group opponents Freiburg.

Hammers look for hat trick

The Bundesliga team –  despite two losses against us home and away at that stage – remain in the  League top ten although only in ninth place despite a fine weekend draw with second placed Bayern Munich.

Hammers look for hat trick

They, however, are not to be taken lightly, and Moyes will be looking to cement his personal standing and that of the squad when we go looking for victory tonight.

He admits that we have been out of form until the latest two games which we were probably expected by many to achieve wins but says he now senses we are back to where we should be in Premier League terms.

However, the first REAL sign of that maybe shown this evening and after the Burnley game which we should surely win at the weekend before a tough run in.

Commenting ahead of the game he declared: “I agree we’ve had a month or so when we’ve not been so good, but I think we’re back on form at the moment. We’ve won two good games recently and I just sense that we’re beginning to get back to where we should be. So, I hope that we can show that n and continue.

Our results dipped, but I generally didn’t feel that we were doing so bad. I felt our League position was strong. We had won the group in Europe.

We could look back again and I’ve had to mention a few times just to keep reminding people that it wasn’t so long ago in that that happened [in December].

But obviously everybody wants it now and I accept it and understand that and I think we’re showing people that we’re not going away, we’re resilient and we’ll keep challenging and we’ll keep trying to push to improve.”

With apparent travel arrangements tricky by air and ground in Germany the manager added:  “I have to say I find the atmosphere in Germany is incredible, possibly better than the Premier League, and I hope the West Ham fans enjoy it and get home safely.

“I think there’s been some travel disruption, so I hope they get here OK and are able to support the team.”

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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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