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Pearce so excited with bold new Hammers

Stuart Pearce is so excited by the potential of this West Ham team!

The Hammers have been in exceptional form recently and chalked up their third successive win on Tuesday night, beating Big Sam’s West Brom 2-1.

That result moved the Irons into seventh in the Premier League table and there is a real buzz around the club as they attempt to get themselves into the conversation for European qualification.

It is worth mentioning that the win over the Baggies was the Hammers’ third in a row, and Pearce believes that, as good as the Hammers have been, there is more to come as the season progresses!

Speaking to talkSPORT, as quoted by the club’s official website, he said: “The manager’s pleased with the results, we all are, and the endeavour the players are putting in is fantastic.

“But we feel as though we’re seeing a little bit more, maybe, on the training pitch than we’re seeing on matchdays. We feel like they’ve got even more to give – the standards that they can reach are probably higher than where we’re at at this moment in time. 

“Don’t get me wrong – winning matches in the Premier League is never easy. We’re delighted with that, the results and the way it’s gone.

“The attitude of the players is absolutely sensational – the work ethic and how they want to learn and progress their careers individually and collectively – but we honestly feel as though there are better performances there.”

Pearce struck a similar tone when talking about Michail Antonio, who has been so impressive since his return to the team and who again scored the winner on Tuesday.

Asked about the superb striker, he added: “I signed Mich at Nottingham Forest seven years ago, so I knew the boy we took from Sheffield Wednesday then.

“Since then, and even since I’ve come back into the Club this time, his hold-up play has improved drastically. It startled me because that was an area of his play we felt he could improve on [then] – and he still can – but I think his hold-up play and his understanding of his runs has improved drastically.

“I think at the moment he’s still got to get into the groove that he had pre-injury – there’s certainly more to come. He’s got to improve his all-round game from that, but I think MIch as well wants to push his limits to see how good he can be.”

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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.