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West Ham Cottee: That was the effort we looked for, now to beat Burnley!

PUBLISHED: 12:30 14 December 2016

West Ham legend Tony Cottee

West Ham legend Tony Cottee

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Our West Ham Columnist was delighted with the team’s display at Anfield

West Ham United's Michail Antonio scores his side's first goal during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.West Ham United's Michail Antonio scores his side's first goal during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

Last week I said that we needed the top players to stand up and be counted after that thrashing by Arsenal and at the weekend I think we got it.

I missed the first 10 minutes of the Liverpool match and when I got in, we were already 1-0 down and I feared the worst.

But I have to say that from that point on, the players reacted in exactly the way I hoped they would and played some excellent football along the way.

We scored two great goals and everybody gave their all and that is exactly what we had to do.

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.West Ham United's Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

Darren Randolph made a mistake which cost a goal, but that happens to every keeper, just look at Fraser Forster last week.

But Randolph made up for that error with a brilliant save from Jordan Henderson and for me he is still our number one.

I was not overly surprised that we played like that against one of the big teams, history tells us that we often raise our game against teams like that home and away. The trouble we have is against the likes of Burnley and Hull City who we take on this week.

I am expecting Andy Carroll to start tonight (Wednesday) and hopefully that’ll make a big difference – 65 minutes against Burnley and 75 against Hull at the weekend would be perfect.

West Ham United's Mark Noble (left) and Liverpool's Jordan Henderson battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.West Ham United's Mark Noble (left) and Liverpool's Jordan Henderson battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

But we must not take them lightly, we have to give 
everything to win, even though they’re both better at home than on their travels.

There has been a lot of talk about those in charge of the FA this week and I think this is long overdue.

This is a particular bugbear of mine. It is time to get rid of the dinosaurs of the FA who are just out for themselves and finally reform it for the future.

What I would like to see is twofold. Firstly, that the FA start to work for the good of the game. Secondly that 
we finally work towards creating an England team that can perform at a major championships.

It is time for the old boys at the FA to move aside and give new blood a chance.

Back to the Hammers and this week’s massive games.

What I would like to see is that we don’t lose either game against Burnley and Hull.

That may not sound too ambitious, but it is vital that we don’t slip up against the teams that are around us.

I would be happy with four points from these two games, although to grab all six would be magnificent and certainly make for a happy Christmas. COYI!!


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