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West Ham Cottee: Spurs away will always be special to me and the rest of the fans

PUBLISHED: 13:24 16 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:24 16 November 2016

West Ham legend Tony Cottee

West Ham legend Tony Cottee

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Our West Ham Columnist looks ahead to the tough fixtures to come

West Ham United's Mark Noble and goalkeeper Adrian (left) celebrate after the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.West Ham United's Mark Noble and goalkeeper Adrian (left) celebrate after the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

I used to love playing against Spurs. I have always been a West Ham fan and a lot of my team-mates were home-grown players and so I think it meant so much more to us in the old days.

Nowadays it is a different story. The only player in the West Ham squad who feels the importance of this fixture as much as we did is Mark Noble. Unfortunately he will missing from this weekend’s game through suspension.

When the fixtures first come out, I always looked for when we were playing at Spurs in the Premier League or Millwall if we were in the Championship and for the fans it is still exactly the same.

It is going to be a tough game at Spurs on Saturday. We saw on Friday in the England game just how good Kyle Walker and Danny Rose are and we will have to be in our best form to stop them.

Tony Cottee West Ham United scores against Tottenham HotspurTony Cottee West Ham United scores against Tottenham Hotspur

They have a lot of good England players and I am afraid I have to say that they are in the title chase this year. There are six teams in it, three from London and three from the North West, and having been a bit unlucky last season, you have to say Spurs are in with a chance again this time, though it pains me to say it.

It was an ordinary performance by England against Scotland, but all that matters in World Cup games is the result and we got that.

Scotland had their chances, but you have to take them at this level and we did just that on the day.

I was at the Spain game last night and it was great to see our Aaron Cresswell make his England debut.

West Ham United's Mark Noble will miss Saturday's game at Spurs through suspensionWest Ham United's Mark Noble will miss Saturday's game at Spurs through suspension

He really deserved his chance. He has been such a consistently excellent player for us and what proves that is the fact you can remember the games when he made mistakes as they are so infrequent.

We have some tough games coming up against Spurs, two against Manchester United and then another at Liverpool as well as home to Arsenal, but these are the sort of games where we play at our best. Obviously we were thumped at Spurs last season so I don’t want a repeat of that, but we did superbly at places like Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool last term.

There is no reason why we can’t do that again, starting at White Hart Lane.

It will not be easy as I have said, but we need to get some more points on the board in this tough run of fixtures.

England's Aaron Cresswell comes on for Danny Rose during the friendly match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date November 15th, 2016 Pic David Klein/Sportimage via PA ImagesEngland's Aaron Cresswell comes on for Danny Rose during the friendly match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date November 15th, 2016 Pic David Klein/Sportimage via PA Images

I would take a draw all day long on Saturday. Hopefully with Diafra Sakho back we will get a 1-1. COYI!


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