By Brian Jeeves
FORMER West Ham United defender, Alan Stephenson, was hopeful that the Hammers would be able to avenge the 4-2 Premier League defeat handed to them by West Bromwich Albion earlier in the season when the pair meets at the London Stadium on Saturday.
Speaking to Yellow Sport ahead of the clash, Stephenson said: “Revenge for that defeat will be on the minds of the skipper, Mark Noble, and his team at the weekend. And with Andy Carroll bang in form, Hammers supporters will be hopeful he can provide former England teammate, Ben Foster, a busy afternoon in the Baggies goal.
“After a convincing victory at Southampton, the Hammers will be keen to return to the London Stadium and put on a decent showing. Although it has been a bit of a rollercoaster season, particularly, at home, West Ham will be buoyed by the fact that Albion have only won once in the capital this season. The Baggies solitary victory came at Crystal Palace, while they have been beaten at Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal. Hope for the home fans indeed!
Nevertheless, Stephenson was mindful of the threat the resolute West Midlanders offered, adding: “The two sides are one next to each other in the league. Baggies boss, Tony Pulis, is notorious for sending out well-drilled sides. They give very little away and are a danger from set-plays.
“Salomon Rondon has hit seven goals and midfielder, James Morrison, three in four. They will no doubt pose a threat. But, that aside, they have found it difficult to find the net so I’m fully expecting West Ham to take something from the game.”
Stephenson continued: “West Brom have only won one in six outings, keeping just one clean sheet in twelve away trips. Both Carroll and Michail Antonio will be confident that they can get amongst the goals and help the Hammers stay in the top ten throughout February."