Brian Dear: Hammers will have their work cut out against razor-shape Blades

West Ham United v Sheffield United – London Stadium – Premier League – Saturday 3pm

West Ham United v Sheffield United – Preview:

Brian Dear was as disappointed as any supporter following West Ham United’s frustrating Premier League defeat at Everton.

The Hammers produced a lacklustre display against the struggling Toffees and appeared some way off the standard they had set during victories over Manchester United, Norwich and Watford earlier in the campaign. Meanwhile, this weekend’s opponents, newly-promoted Sheffield United, saw off Arsenal by a goal to nil at Bramall Lane and continue to impress the critics, who before the season saw Chris Wilder’s men as relegation fodder.

And former frontman Dear has urged the Hammers to up their game for what is certain to be a tough Premier League encounter at the London Stadium.

“Sheffield United are all-action, we will certainly have our work cut out and will need to be far better than we were at Goodison Park,” Dear told Yellow Sport.

“They are an honest bunch of boys who give it everything they’ve got for their manager and the crowd. A few of them have come from the lower divisions – perhaps that makes a footballer more appreciative of what he has? That seems to be the case with this team.

“I know Arsenal had a lot of the ball and had plenty of chances against Sheffield on Monday night. But the only statistics that matter is the scoreline – Sheffield United 1-0 Arsenal – that is all people will remember – three points, job done.

And Dear thought West Ham needed to take a leaf out of that particular book, adding: “I understand that Manuel Pellegrini wants to play entertaining football – that’s what we like as fans. However, we need to find a plan ‘B’ to win games. If that means learning to do the ugly jobs, then that’s what we must do.

“We can all talk fondly about the great players we’ve had over the years at West Ham – Bobby, Geoff Hurst, Trevor, Billy Bonds – all stylish, but all capable of scrapping if the need arose.

“This team has proven they can do that – proved they can defend stubbornly, tackle and block, soak up pressure play on the break. The didn’t do that last week and need to rediscover how to do it quickly.”

West Ham United v Sheffield United – Head to head:

West Ham United won: 30
Drawn: 20
Sheffield United won: 37

West Ham United v Sheffield United – Last five meetings (all competitions):

January 29, 2005 – FA Cup
West Ham United 1-1 Sheffield United

February 13, 2005 – FA Cup Replay
Sheffield United 1-1 West Ham United
(Sheffield United won 3-1 on penalties)

November 25, 2006 – Premier League
West Ham United 1-0 Sheffield United

April 14, 2007 – Premier League
Sheffield United 3-0 West Ham United

August 26, 2014 – League Cup
West Ham United 1-1 Sheffield United
(Sheffield United won 5-4 on penalties)

Brian Dear’s prediction: West Ham United 2-1 Sheffield United
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 1-1 Sheffield United

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