West Ham Cottee: We have nothing to fear against Liverpool after beating Tottenham
PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 May 2017
Our Hammers correspondent Tony Cottee says the club should build the team around Manuel Lanzini
Friday was the first home game I’d been to for a couple of months and I was full of worry and trepidation, but we absolutely deserved to beat Spurs.
I think every West Ham fan turned up hoping for the best, but fearing the worst, because this is a good Tottenham team and they were on a fantastic run.
But if you had turned up at the game and didn’t know anything about football and somebody asked ‘what team is going for the title?’ you would have said West Ham!
It is easy to say Spurs didn’t play well, but we didn’t let them play well because of the way we approached the game. It was one of our best performances of the season, if not the best.
Manuel Lanzini proved to be the matchwinner and if you want to be popular, scoring against Tottenham a lot is a good way to go about it and he’s a terrific player.
Going forward we should look to build the team around him because he is a little magician and following Dimitri Payet’s departure, we were looking for someone to step up and take the mantle and I feel he has.
Hopefully even more is to come from him next season and even though it hasn’t been an easy season for anybody and a lot of players have underperformed, that doesn’t apply to Lanzini.
He now has a good chance of finishing the season as our top goalscorer with two games left, so hopefully he can end this year strongly.
But the person I was most pleased for on Friday was Slav because in my opinion he has got some unfair stick this season, not from the fans, but other sources.
If you consider everything that has taken place off the field, there have been plenty of excuses that he could have used and he never has and you can imagine what the papers would have been screaming had we lost 6-0 to Tottenham as well!
I was really happy for him and if you look at the players we’ll have back from injury for next season, there is plenty to look forward to.
I am going to the game on Sunday because it is another non-Saturday match and as an ex-Everton player I do like to beat Liverpool!
And we have nothing to fear. They didn’t play very well last weekend against Southampton, whereas we did against Tottenham, so we need to show the same mentality and fight.
I am going for a 2-1 win because I’m full of optimism right now and it is great to see West Ham fans with big smiles on their faces and gloating over Spurs. COYI!