West Ham: Board make statement; Oxford commits; Noble reacts to Burnley victory
David Sullivan last night spoke out to praise his team’s display and express optimism about their chances this season. Sullivan wrote on the club website:
“Make no mistake about it, that was a massive win for our Football Club. Not only did we secure our first victory in seven Premier League matches, but we also kept our first clean sheet since October and climbed a place to 16th. While we are nowhere near out of the woods just yet, we cannot underestimate the value of a home win and a clean sheet at London Stadium. The result was by far the most important thing on Wednesday.”
Poor results had piled pressure on to the Croatian but good results against Liverpool and now Burnley have lifted some of that pressure, with the board having expressed their confidence in his management.
Reece Oxford is set to end months of speculation by putting pen to paper on a five year deal, which may already be signed according to the Sun. The deal is expected to be announced on Friday when he celebrates his 18th birthday and will kill off interest from Manchester United and Manchester City.
Oxford joined the Irons in 2011 when he was released by Tottenham and has since gone on to become England under 19s captain and feature a number of times for the West Ham United first team.
Last night’s match winner was Mark Noble, as the captain calmly dispatched with an assured penalty from 12 yards after a number of chances went begging. He told the press:
“It’s not one of them you’re going to watch on Match Choice, let me tell you! We felt we were unlucky to go in 1-0 at the break, as we’d hit the post and had a couple of other chances. I wasn’t nervous at all with the penalty… We knew they would chuck everything at us in the second half and the boys defended great. Darren made a couple of good saves again and we made a clearance off the line, but at this stage of the season and where we are, we needed that.”
Now, the Hammers will be hoping to build on this victory and push themselves up the table and into safety.
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