Sunday, 09 December, 2018

West Ham defensive pair Byram and Reid out for season

Sam Byram of Leeds United celebrates his goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United Joe Cole wants to manage Chelsea in the future
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West Ham legend Tony Cottee spoke exclusively to talkSPORT, and insisted that the notion that Hammers fans want to see an attractive brand of football first and foremost is quite simply not true. "It's disappointing that my goals are not winning games for us, so hopefully next time I score, it will be a victor!" And just try to get as many points as we can by the end of the season.

"We are already up to the points tally from last season and we want to go beyond that and set a new marker".

The Clarets got back to winning ways against Everton last weekend and are keen to keep their place firmly in the top half of the table.

"I think 40 points is the safe bet, if you get 40 then you're pretty much there so we've got 10 points to get there".

West Ham United are still deeply entrenched in a relegation battle. "With it being so tight at the bottom, losing is not an option for West Ham". "Away as well. That's credit to us". This is not a good atmosphere for a club to have as they enter a game.


Burnley have no new injury or suspension concerns ahead of the game.

Dyche has encouraged his players to play with more freedom this week. Lately most of mine have been on with regard to injuries.

He said: "Last season was tough for me personally". The team has played well too, so it has all come together.

While Gudmundsson is fully focused on helping Burnley, he has the huge carrot of a first World Cup finals this summer after Iceland built on their stunning European Championship performance by qualifying for Russian Federation. "There are definitely similarities (between Iceland and Burnley) - how we play, the mentality of the squad, and we are both doing very well".

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