Potter: Hammers have improved under Moyes

Head coach expects a tough test but Albion's record against West Ham is good.

By Charlie Hanson • 26 December 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter is expecting a tough match against West Ham.

Graham Potter expects a tough test when Albion head to the London Stadium to face West Ham on Sunday.

Potter's men face a West Ham side who are tenth in the table and have been revitalised under David Moyes, although Albion have never lost in six previous Premier League games against the Hammers and have scored eight goals in three away games against them.

“David Moyes' teams are always very well organised and strong from set pieces. They have got good attacking players in Sebastien Haller, Manuel Lanzini and Jarrod Bowen.

“They can mix the game up well and they're a strong side but we're looking forward to the challenge. We can take some positives from the Sheffield United match and we'll go to West Ham with optimism.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Rob Sanchez pulled off an excellent save from David McGoldrick's effort.

Potter hinted that goalkeeper Robert Sanchez will retain his place in the starting XI.

“Robert has been analysing his performances and getting ready for the next match this week,” added Potter.

“He did well in the game against Sheffield United, but the quality and attributes are there. What he lacks is game time and experience and that's what we have to help him with. Without naming my team, there's a good chance he’s going to be in goal.”

Albion's head coach was asked how he expected Aaron Connolly to respond after he missed a good chance in the 1-1 draw against Sheffield United.

“That is part of what it is to be a Premier League footballer. We will support him and we believe in him. He will be better for the experience.


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Potter's West Ham press conference

“Aaron is a young player learning his trade in the toughest league in the world. All forwards miss chances, it's part of the life of a striker unfortunately.

“In life we follow a pattern where we forget the struggles and only remember the good things but I don’t think that’s the most positive message to our young people. Success is sometimes the result of suffering, struggling and failing.”

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