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Johnson promises Hammers will come out fighting

Ben Johnson has promised West Ham fans that the club will come out of the international break fighting for every Hammers objective.

The Irons went into the break with a disappointing result, losing 3-1 to Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

It was a particularly poor performance in a very important game, as the Hammers fell 2-0 down within the first 24 minutes with Kurt Zouma scoring an own goal and Son Heung-Min scored his first of the game.

Said Benrahma pulled one back but, late on, Son added a third to kill the game off.

The result has left David Moyes’ side seventh in the league, six points behind Arsenal in fourth, although the Gunners have two games in hand.

The Irons have, though, qualified for the Europa League quarter-finals and will take on French side Lyon in the last eight.

And Johnson insists that the Hammers will recharge as best they can and come out swinging ahead of the Premier League clash with Everton on April 3rd.

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He told the club’s official website: “It was a tough one, really. We conceded two early goals, but we worked tirelessly to get back in the game and for long periods we were in it.

“They might have had some opportunities, but we were trying to be threatening and unfortunately we couldn’t get the second.

“We don’t go into any game thinking we’re going to concede chances, or be in fear of other players. We know that our defenders have been immense this season and there are some things that just need to be tinkered a bit and today was just one of those days where we didn’t defend as well as we have in past games.

“It’s a difficult one to take, but we’ve got the international break now to get back to work, refresh and prepare for the Everton game.”

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.