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West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United – Premier League – The Hawthorns – Wednesday 8pm – Preview
One win in five Premier League outings has threatened to cast a shadow over West Ham United’s progress under David Moyes this season. However, with two games remaining and a top-six finish still within reach, Brian Dear has urged the players to go for broke and don’t be left wondering as the campaign draws to its conclusion.
The Hammers head to already relegated West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday evening. Only a win will do for the East Londoners if they are to stand any chance of achieving Europa League football next term.
“We can’t let the recent run overshadow everything,” Dear told Yellow Sport.
“I think we are all aware that the squad still needs tweaking, a change here and there. But the truth is, we are in a far better position than any of us could have envisaged and the future appears bright too under a manager who demands effort and enthusiasm similar to the fans.
“Once again, we appeared to be running on empty at Brighton. But we had enough chances to win the game and showed a bit of spirit to fight back after conceding a late goal.
“It was a cracking strike from Said Benrahma. A lot has been said about his lack of goals. Hopefully, this will trigger him and give him more confidence.”
Looking forward to the trip to the Black Country, Dear added: “Sam Allardyce won’t want to do us any favours.
“Although they are already down, they gave Liverpool a tough test before the late drama which saw the Reds goalkeeper, Alission, go up for a corner and head the winner.
“That would have hurt them. They are professional and will want to see the season out positively, especially with fans allowed inside the Hawthorns which we are all delighted to see.”
Dear continued: “If we can win this one and take the Europa chase to the last game, the atmosphere at the London Stadium – even with only 10,000 – will be fantastic.
“We have the quality and these are the games we would have targeted before a ball was kicked. I believe the boys can take it to the last game and I’m backing us to win at West Brom.”
Brian Dear’s prediction: West Bromwich Albion 0-1 West Ham United
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Bromwich Albion 1-1 West Ham United