Dear urges Hammers to get the job done

FK TSC Bačka Topola v West Ham United – UEFA Europa League Group A – TSC Arena (5:45pm) – Preview

Brian Dear has urged West Ham United to be professional, go strong and get the job done when they take on Serbian outfit FK TSC Bačka Topola in a vitally important UEFA Europa League Group A tie at the TSC Arena on Thursday evening.

Victory for West Ham would see them at least book a play-off tie, while a further point against SC Freiburg in a couple of weeks will ensure qualification to the knockout stages as group winners.

“I don’t want to see us messing about,” Dear told Yellow Sport.

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“We should have already secured this but we performed poorly away at Olympiacos. If we fail to reach the knockout stages from here then serious questions should be asked.

“Bačka Topola are third in the Serbian League. We need to show respect but also a bit of ruthlessness. We are aware of what they are all about They made things difficult for us at the London Stadium. But we have the quality. There should be no excuses.”

Dear continued: “With injuries and a Premier League clash with Crystal Palace in mind, it will be interesting to see what line-up David Moyes goes with. 

“I think we need to go strong and break the back of those four points we need to reach the knockout stages. We can put the competition to bed for a while then.

“Winning a European trophy last season has lifted the expectation level at West Ham. I believe we need to strengthen the squad if we are to follow that up. It will be interesting to see how ambitious we are when the transfer window reopens and we have an opportunity to freshen things up.

“But with the task in hand, I expect us to win, and win comfortably.”

Brian Dear’s prediction: FK TSC Bačka Topola 0-2 West Ham United

Jeevesie’s prediction: FK TSC Bačka Topola 1-3 West Ham United


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