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Ray Stewart: Brilliant Irons don’t need protest madness

CandH’s exclusive blogger Ray Stewart is – like the rest of us – as chuffed as he’s ever been with the Hammers progress and takes a look at tonight’s match. However, he’s worried about one issue – the planned protest for Sunday when Brentford are the visitors, Here he discusses the game and the side issue.


I’m always confident the Hammers are going to win these days and I expect them to overcome Rapid Vienna tonight at the London Stadium as European football returns to West Ham,

I have enormous trouble getting inside Moysie’s head when trying to selected a team for any match and I will probably be entirely wrong for the game later but here’s mine anyway:

Fabianski, Johnson, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell; Rice, Kral,  Yarmolenko Lanzini Masuaku, Vlasic (up front).

As Frankie Mc said in his piece here yesterday, this squad is so like the boys of 85/86 – the spirit and application is incredible and under David I see little but success ahead.

There will be a very strong bench and give Rapid Vienna’s recent form I can only see one result – a Hammers win.

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The priority remains the  premier League and Saturday will be massive because the Bees are in tremendous form and a battle is on the cards. I’m going for another win though.

I am very aware of this protest business and I simply cannot understand it. Unnecessary doesn’t come close and make no mistake it is a distraction to players. You simply can’t say: We are against the board…not the team.

The board pay the wages and keep the club running so until someone comes along with a lot of money to buy the club nothing is going to change.

If they are protesting about leaving the Boleyn then they should remember that we as players loved the place but it hasn’t stopped us moving on.

Just call it off lads – it’s madness and disruptive

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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon