Dear calls for another massive performance from the Hammers

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It was a footballing occasion like no other at the London Stadium.

West Ham United found the energy from somewhere, dug deep and struck ruthlessly to knock six-times UEFA Europa League winners, Sevilla out of the tournament at the Round of Sixteen stage.

It ensured a late night for the West ham faithful, including their former frontman, Brian Dear – A member of the East Londoners 1965 Cup Winners Cup side – who admitted the occasion stirred a whole host of emotions.

“It was an incredible night,” Dear told Yellow Sport.

“Make no mistake, we were up against a very good side. But the manager and players got it spot-on. It was one of the best performances from a West Ham team in recent years. I’ve got to say, our supporters were absolutely incredible as well. It was sensational.

The victory set West Ham up for a mouthwatering quarter-final clash with Lyon. Meanwhile, it’s back to Premier League business and another pressure occasion, a trip to capital rivals, Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Picture courtesy of Brian Dear

“I do not doubt that Tottenham were delighted with the outcome as well because we had to play extra-time and will now have at least another two matches in the run-in, Dear added.

“I know there’s no love lost, but they, along with all the clubs fighting for a European place next season, will look for any advantage they can.

“Tottenham have been a bit hit and miss this season, but they have some terrific players and a fantastic manager in Antonio Conte who has set out his ambitions for the club. It remains to be seen whether the hierarchy can match it.

“But either way, this is a derby. Both sets of supporters desperately want the bragging rights. It is going to take another massive performance from West Ham.

“We found the energy to get past Aston Villa and Sevilla this week. That has given everyone at the club a tremendous lift, while the goals from Andriy Yarmolenko have united everyone – behind him, his countrymen in Ukraine as well as showing tremendous character at West Ham.

Spurs v West Ham is always a great occasion. I was lucky enough to play in a couple of these games and score a winning goal for West Ham past Pat Jennings. It is an opportunity for someone to make themselves a hero. Legendary status with the fans.

“I think everyone at West Ham is on a high at the moment. Both sides like to play open football and can score goals. I’m hoping we have just enough to get one over them and keep us on track for a top-six finish.

Brian Dear’s prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-3 West Ham United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Ham United

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