“Patience name of game against Villa”


LEROY (1)Most will be arriving at the Boleyn right now imagining a relatively comfortable victory against Villa today but I don’t think we should get ahead of ourselves.

The midlanders played well against Spurs last weekend until Christian Benteke was sent off and they are nobody’s pushovers despite their six defeats.

They like to play on the counter attack and Gabby Agbionlahor is always a threat in a team which is better than its results sequence.

But the Irons are in prme form and although I think we may have to be patient a win has to be on the cards and I’m taking us to win the game 2-1.

I can’t let the moment go without congratulating Sam and Diafra Sakho on winning  manager and player of the month for October.

Both could hardly have been more deserved and another victory this afternoon will see the week off really nicely.

West Ham United: Adrian, Reid, Cresswell, Kouyate, Downing, Sakho, Noble (c), Jenkinson, Collins, Song, Valencia
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Nolan, Tomkins, Carroll, O’Brien, Amalfitano, Cole

Aston Villa: Guzan, Baker, Vlaar (c), Cleverley, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Westwood, Cissokho, Sanchez, N’Zogbia, Lowton
Subs: Given, Clark, Bacuna, Cole, Senderos, Richardson, Bent

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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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