Unhappy Jurcevic admits we need to win



West Ham’s assistant boss Nikola Jurcevic admits the Hammers were not at their best during the game against Altona 93 but reckons Javier Hernandez was the “plus point” from the game!

Giving his view after the match he said: “He spent a few days with us and played about 20 minutes which was very important for him to feel how he will play with West Ham United.

“In this moment he is not 100 per cent physically fit, but he is working hard and for him it was very important for him to play 20 minutes. He showed in that short time that he is a very different offensive player.

“He likes to have the ball in space, he is always on the offside line and I think he will be a really important player for us.”

But the assistant boss admitted it was a tough evening:  saying“It was a very difficult evening. We did very hard sessions over the last two days and our opponent was also very good and a very tough team.

“We started not so good. We conceded a few goals and also played the second half with ten players, but in the end we scored three goals and a draw is OK.

“Like I said before now, we in pre-season and we are working very hard and we have had some tough training sessions and matches. The pitch was also not in the best condition, but this is not an excuse and we must win this game.

“It was only 3-3, but the first half was not good. We were nervous for some reason but in the second half our action was better and we scored some goals.

We had some good chances to win this game, but in the end it was only a training game we must forget it very fast and concentrate on the future.”

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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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  • TRB says:

    West Ham will be more than OK this coming season……….but I can already sense the usual ******** should we not win one of those first three away games.

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      You can bet on it TRB, looking at it philosophically we are ten times better than last season at the same stage, the players all appear to be putting the effort in even if they have not got the system down yet but that will come, we have been without some of our best players who will give us another gear such as Antonio and Lanzini, Sakho and Carroll too if they are ever fit enough to start. The schedule has also been full on and you can see how hard the players are blowing so fatigue can also be a cause of indifferent results and performances, none of these matches matter the big one is Utd away on the 13th, if we have a good performance against City that could help us but if we have a bad one it is important to channel the anger at not performing into a big one in the next game, 3 times today we were behind 3 times we came back that shows there is character in the players on the pitch, Fernandes seems to be putting himself about more which is what he needed to do, I also saw him talking a lot with the other players so hopefully we will see him emerge as a regular, he has such great feet and passing ability maybe the best in the team outside of Lanzini, he could turn into a Michael Carrick type player for us if he continues to improve. I am feeling positive for the future hopefully we will win one of the opening 3 or more I believe we will but if we don’t so long as we see improvement thats a step in the right direction COYI !!!

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