Daily News Report-Ginge on his way to Sunderland?
Author: Matthew Kirk. Published: 27 November 2015 at 8:51pm
Ahead of the Hammers’ game with West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, Slaven Bilic held his pre-match press conference.
The manager answered a range of questions from bouncing back from the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and Alex Song’s fitness ahead of facing the Baggies…
Slaven, you haven’t won in three games, how do you turn that around?
“We’ve only got one point from the last three games which is below our expectations. Every game in the Premier League is tough, but it is still below what we wanted to achieve. We have a home game on Sunday against a very good team, but our plan, of course, is to win it. We need to win it because we haven’t got enough recently.”
After a defeat like last weekend, how do you react in the dressing room?
“Sometime you have to show your emotions, but the feelings were all the same from the staff and the players, we didn’t feel any different. Like the fans, we were hugely disappointed and we were angry to represent West Ham like that.
“Sometimes you can be satisfied with your performance even when you lose, but not last weekend. We had only ourselves to blame, and we all knew that straight away, which was good because we didn’t hide or make any excuses. We will do everything we can do bounce back on Sunday.”
Is Alex Song near to coming back?
“Alex is a great player, we also have Pedro Obiang coming back too. The situations are a little bit different given the length of injuries they had. Pedro was only out for four weeks, now he is back and looking good in training.
“Alex is back in full training, he played ten minutes against Spurs and in training he is also looking very good. We have to be patient because his break was a lot longer, he hasn’t played for almost half a year, so we will have to make a decision between the two.”
What have you been doing differently from this week to last?
“We haven’t done anything differently, after a game like Spurs you want to put it to bed as quickly as possible because you don’t want to let it affect confidence too much. We always analyse our performances after every game, and that’s no different win or lose. We already knew mainly where we went wrong anyway.”
How confident are you that you can bounce back on Sunday?
“I am very confident, I am very optimistic generally. I believe in our players, I know what we are capable of doing. We haven’t dropped in form because it is only a few games, but we have dropped points. I am also confident because in our last two home games, against Everton and Chelsea we played really good so we shouldn’t allow our confidence to go down.”
Alex Song update
I am very happy to be back on the pitch because I have been ruled out of action for a long time.
I was happy to play the last 10 minutes against Tottenham and now I am looking to come back slowly, step-by-step and then we will see what happens in the future. When I am 100 per cent fit I will be ready to play.
Last Sunday was very disappointing against Tottenham. We don’t want to lose a derby, but we have to move forward and put the game behind us.
We have a very big game on Sunday and it is a game that we want to win. We need to work hard in training and show a different kind of performance against West Brom.
It is very important for us to show the fans that we have a good character and that we want to put things right after what happened last weekend.
At home we need to show the fans what they want to see. They expect us to play football and it will be a different game. We have to score more goals and we need to be the boss at home.
The way we played against Spurs was not good and we want to get back playing how we performed at the start of the season when we had some great results – especially away from home.
We want to show something different on Sunday.
I have played against West Brom a couple of times and I remember the 1-1 draw against them last season.
We have to dominate the game and show them how we want to play from the opening part of the game.
I know we have some Cult Heroes returning to West Ham United this weekend. My heroes growing up were Rigobert Song and Claude Makelele.
It is always good that West Ham have players who the fans look up to.
We have to give them a very good welcome. It is always a pleasure to see the people who have done so well.
Big Sam after Ginge
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is eager to make a move for his former West Ham defender James Collins in January, according to reports from the Daily Star.
‘Big Sam’ was famously sacked just minutes after the last whistle of the 2014/15 campaign and after spending a few months out of the game he returned to Premier League management with the Black Cats in October.
With Allaradyce known to be loyal to players who have served under him in the past there were immediate links with free agent Kevin Nolan, but reports claim that Collins is the star he wants next month.
The Welsh centre-back is now longer a guaranteed starter under Slaven Bilic at Upton Park following the arrival of Angelo Ogbonna, and the lure of guaranteed playing time at the Stadium of Light may tempt him with EURO 2016 on the horizon.
Allardyce’s side currently possess the second worst defensive record in the league having shipped 26 in 13 games – only Bournemouth’s 27 is inferior – making a robust and experienced addition to improve the Sunderland rearguard tempting