Ward-Prowse believes there is more to come


Like the manager David Moyes, James Ward-Prowse believes there is more to come from the Irons as we move into the New Year.

And we can only hope the start of that comes this evening when we face Brighton and Hove Albion against whom JWP has played plenty of derby games as a member of the Southampton team.

JWP has been a revelation this season with set pieces deliveries of the highest order as the hammers have advanced up the league.

He supplied the corner from which another summer signing Konstantinos Mavropanos scored his first Hammers goal and has been the case throughout the first half t of the campaign

Ward-Prowse, along with fellow summer signings Mohammed Kudus, Edson Álvarez and  Mavropanos, has played a key role in sustaining the momentum gained from June’s UEFA Europa Conference League triumph, and the former Southampton man knows the importance of continuing to look forwards.

And now we are hoping for a double over the south coast side to put ourselves within three points on fifth placed Spurs.

And ahead of today’s game he told “We have to recognise that we’ve been mixing it with the top clubs in the league and run with it. Now we’ve given ourselves a fantastic platform to start in the league and we have to build on that and carry that on.

“Off the back of the success the Club had last year, you could feel the momentum building and I think we’ve only carried that on. You know, it’s important to take stock of where we are and appreciate the achievements that we’ve had. But this is a start of a really good season and hopefully there is more to come.

“It’ll be a really tough test on Tuesday. Obviously, we’ve got good confidence going into that game from Arsenal. So, you know, another good test, but one that we’re going to relish.”

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And he said on the Arsenal game: “You know it’s going to be tough going to Arsenal and you have got to put in a massive performance.

Before you think about the tactical side of things, you have to think about getting the work right and the effort, and I think everybody, right from the from the front to the back, put in a fantastic shift.

“We know if you put in that hard work and that resolute sort of attitude, then you’re going get your chances on the counter attack. And I think we did that on Thursday Two great goals as well.

“You have to take chances when you go there. We didn’t get too many, but the for the ones we did we were clinical. And you need to ride your luck at times and we did that at certain moments. But ultimately, I think we deserved the win.”

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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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