West Ham ace backs supporters to support side against Spurs on emotional night

13:54 24 February 2013

Matthew Taylor, West Ham United. Picture: Adam Davy/EMPICS

Matthew Taylor, West Ham United. Picture: Adam Davy/EMPICS


West Ham midfielder Matthew Taylor believes the fans will back the team on a night that means a lot to everyone involved in the club.

A small minority of West Ham fans were guilty of anti-Semitic chanting during the encounter at White Hart Lane and the club’s co-owners have issued a statement urging supporters to behave.

The night will see a minute’s applause to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Bobby Moore.

“The fans have local pride at stake, as do we as players,” he said.

“Because football’s a small world, even amongst the players, the fans will get themselves up for it. I know it’s an old adage but they can be the 12th man.

“I’d like to think they appreciate our efforts in every game. While we might not always get the results we deserve, each and every player when they pull the shirt on works 100 per cent for the team.

“That’ll be the case on Monday night and they’ll get right behind us.”

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