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Hammers to create a slice of history?

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Emerson Palmieri d has been in excellent form all season and is looking for the Hammers to create a slice of history by making it five consecutive league clean sheets for the first time in 33 years in Sheffield today.

The manager has been heavily criticised over some of the new arrivals but there can be no criticism of the left back who has been in really great form at left back.

Now he is determined to ensure another three points this afternoon as the lads travel to Bramall Lane for the clash with Sheffield United as we bid for a fourth consecutive season of European football.

With the deep disappointment of the third round FA Cup clash against Bristol City behind us the Irons are incentivised to do the business with a top performance today.

With 16 more points than at the same time last term David Moyes’ men currently sit sixth in the table – with a game in hand over both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United above and below them – and full-back Emerson is hopeful of a fourth win in five.

And the 29 year old said: “We did well in the first part of the season, and now it’s up to us to go again in the second part, which I think is the most important.

“We want to stay in the top six and keep pushing, and we want to qualify for Europe again, so it’s up to us to keep up the good league form .

“We’ve had a good run in the league over the last two months, particularly defensively. We tend to score in most games, so if we’re able to keep clean sheets it gives us a really good chance of getting points on the board. Hopefully that continues this weekend.”

Emerson Palmieri

         Hammers to create a slice of history?

Emerson added: “If you look at the table you’d say that we’re favourites going into the game, but every match in the Premier League is difficult. They’re playing for their lives, so we need to be firmly on our game.

“We might be expected to have more of the ball and create more chances, but if that happens we need to make sure we’re wary of counter-attacks. We need to prepare well, try to create chances and be more clinical in the box than we have been lately.

“Of course the likes of Kudus and Jarrod are important to us because of the quality they possess, and it isn’t easy without them, but at the same time we need to look at things positively.

“If they’re not able to play, it provides an opportunity for some of the other players. When we’ve lost players like Declan Rice before, players like James [Ward-Prowse] have come in and done well, and hopefully we can cope with players missing now in a similar way and come out with the right result.”

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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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