Der Hammer Thomas Hitz the right note with call to arms
West Ham midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger is looking for West Ham to succeed in both the league and the FA Cup.
GERMANY international Thomas Hitzlsperger has only played one game in claret and blue, but after a superb debut on Monday night he is determined to help out his team on two fronts.
The midfield star scored one and made another in the 5-1 FA Cup thrashing of Championship side Burnley and he insisted that this could be the boost they need to storm up the league table.
“We have some good players here,” said the 28-year-old. “I see it in training, but you have to do it when it really matters.
“The pressure is huge and when you’re down the bottom it’s hard to escape, but we needed a boost in confidence which this win has provided.”
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Resurgent Liverpool come to Upton Park on Sunday and Hitzlsperger, who is expected to start once again, knows that the sell-out match will be a tough one.
“They’re in good form and it will be a lot harder than the Burnley game,” he said. “It’s a completely different game, but we’ll be ready for it.
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“With the five goals we scored against Burnley we should have plenty of confidence and we’re up for it on Sunday, we want to win.”
The German midfielder has been left twiddling his thumbs during this troubled campaign after injuring his knee on the eve of the season and he revealed that it has been tough watching the team struggle.
“It wasn’t easy watching the games and seeing the club dropping down into the relegation zone and being there for so long,” he admitted.
“I knew it would take four months to heal and therefore I couldn’t do much but watch, see how the atmosphere was and what was going on around the camp.
“I was focusing on what I could do when I was ready. It’s only been one game, so I’m happy, but there’s a long way to go.
“I’m in a good mood so that’s a good start.”
West Ham fans were in a good mood on Monday night, giving the German a standing ovation when he was substituted.
It was a victory that propelled the Hammers into an FA Cup quarter-final trip to Stoke City and Hitzlsperger believes that they should be looking for success on two fronts this season.
“We’re in the quarters now so why not think about Wembley?” said the enthusiastic former Aston Villa star.
“The league is our priority, we want to stay in the Premier League, but in a few weeks time we play Stoke City away.
“That’s a good draw for us, it could have been worse, but it’s not easy as we are playing at their place.
“But we are thinking about Wembley, definitely, we just need three league points against them first.”
Liverpool are hoping to have Andy Carroll fit to face the Hammers on Sunday, while West Ham are expected to field the same team that beat Burnley.