December 5 2013 Latest news:
Dave Evans, West Ham Correspondent
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
West Ham keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen puts those free kicks behind him to look for a positive result against Manchester City on Saturday
West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is looking for a positive result against Manchester City on Saturday evening to turn their ‘iffy’ start into a positive one.
The 38-year-old veteran kept a clean sheet in the 3-0 win at Spurs and will be looking for the same result when City come to Upton Park for a 5.30pm kick-off.
“It was a great win at Spurs at a great time,” said the former Finland international. “We were drifting towards the bottom three and we didn’t want to stay there for long.
“It was the first time since I have been at the club that we have been down there and it was a great response from the players and a good win, but we need to keep it going.”
That means a result against City on Saturday and Jaaskelainen knows that it will be a tough assignment. “If City turn up and play their best it is going to be extremely difficult for us to do anything, but we will see,” he said.
“Last season, our home form was fantastic, but this season we have had two defeats already so we want to make sure that if we can’t win, then we don’t lose it. It is going to be hard to beat them, but we must be hard to beat too.”
Jaaskelainen has certainly been hard to beat, keeping four clean sheets, though he has been foxed by three free kicks at Upton Park this season, something that irks with the keeper.
“I was disappointed with the first Leighton Baines free kick, which I think I might have got, but it is always little fractions for what you can do and it is easy to say that afterwards.
“If you look at last season we only conceded one goal direct from a free kick at Aston Villa.
“I don’t know why that has changed this season, maybe we have just been unlucky.”
So after the victory at Spurs, are West Ham finally on the right path?
Jaaskelainen is not convinced. “I wouldn’t say we have turned the corner, we haven’t needed to,” he insisted. “You have to keep believing in what you are doing.
“A few things have gone against us and we have just not been lucky enough to put the ball in the back of the net.
“But if you look at the Manchester City game, if we can get anything out of that then it will turn it into a decent start to the season, because at the moment it is an iffy one.”
Carlton Cole is set to return on the bench on Saturday, but manager Sam Allardyce is likely to stick with the team that won at Tottenham as he looks for back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since he came to the club.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce believes that Arsenal have the ability to win the league this season.