Search

West Ham assistant disappointed by Arsenal postponement

15:30 20 December 2012

Neil McDonald, West Ham assistant manager. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA

Neil McDonald, West Ham assistant manager. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA

PA Archive/Press Association Images

West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald is disappointed the Premier League clash with Arsenal on Boxing Day has been postponed.

A strike by London Underground staff means the game has had to be rescheduled for late January, easing the fixture congestion the majority of clubs face around the festive period.

The Hammers also have an increasing injury list, with manager Sam Allardyce only able to name six substitutes against West Brom, but McDonald believes they would have been better off playing the game on the original date.

“I think you can look at it both ways; yes it gives us an extra couple of days to get players back, but it does mean we will have an even busier January,” he said.

“We would probably have preferred to play the game and we are slightly disappointed that it has been called off, but we will be ready when the game comes in January.”

Arsenal are one of only two sides to win in the league at Upton Park this season and McDonald was relishing the challenge of facing Arsene Wenger’s side at the Emirates Stadium.

He said: “After the good performance against West Brom away, keeping a clean sheet, and giving Arsenal a really good game earlier in the season, we were looking forward to going to the Emirates.

“I know they have picked up over the past couple of games but putting them under pressure would have been interesting to see.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Newham Sports News

Tom Parkes set to miss pivotal clash against the Robins due to hip bruising

Liam Kelly

We look at the players who have graced West Ham and Watford and assess the best. Do you agree?

Ireland
Yesterday, 16:00

Teacher Rob Cooper full of praise for Cumberland Sports Partnership after running event at Eastlea Community School

Eastlea Community School
Yesterday, 14:00

33-year-old full of praise for Brisbane Road supporters after generating great atmosphere against Notts County last weekend

Danny Webb

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Read more

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now