Declan Rice suggested that West Ham’s history of turning up in big games should serve them well over the next few weeks, when speaking to Premier League productions, and quoted via the club’s official website.
The Hammers are currently in all sorts of trouble. David Moyes’s side are sitting in 16th spot in the Premier League table, but are level on points with 18 placed Bournemouth.
West Ham have games against Wolves, Tottenham and Chelsea to come in their next three fixtures.
They also have a trip to Manchester United to contend with on the penultimate weekend of the season.
The Hammers players should take heart from some of their wins against the big guns earlier this season, however. They beat Chelsea away in November and Manchester United at home in September.
The east London outfit also gave Liverpool and Arsenal a real run for their money away from home.
And Rice shared a bullish message ahead of West Ham’s run-in this season, as quoted by WHUFC.com:
“We’re not out of trouble at all. We know that we’re down there and that’s the reality of it. We’ve got tough games, but those big games are the ones we tend to turn up in. That’s West Ham. We’ve beaten Manchester United and won at Chelsea this year, played well at Liverpool and Arsenal, and we’ll roll our sleeves up in our remaining nine games and say ‘let’s have it’. We’re confident that we can rise to the occasion and get out of it.”
On their day, West Ham can match any team. The players just need to show enough fight and spirit as well as quality during the final nine games of the season.
And they must be targeting at least four points from Wolves, Tottenham and Chelsea, if they are to avoid relegation this season.