Alan Stephenson: ‘I’m just glad the trip to Burnley has nothing resting on it’ - Burnley v West Ham United (Sunday 3pm) - Preview

By Brian Jeeves in Football

By Brian Jeeves

FORMER West Ham United defender, Alan Stephenson, spoke to Yellow Sport ahead of the Hammers final match of the season at Burnley and confessed that he’ll glad to see the back of what has been a hugely frustrating campaign.

The Hammer travel to Turf Moor off the back of a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool, a display that disappointed Stephenson immensely: “Being outfought, outplayed and to succumb in the manner they did was extremely worrying. I’m just glad the trip to Burnley has nothing resting on it from a West Ham perspective.

“It’s anyone’s guesses what team Slaven Bilic will field. Players have been dropping like flies and seem to be unavailable week in, week out due to injury. In my opinion, many of the new signings have proved to be not good enough.”

Stephenson, who made 108 appearances for the Hammers between 1968 and 1972, was impressed with the east Lancashire side and recognised the threat they offered his old club: “Burnley have defied the odds to beat the drop. The trip to Turf Moor will be no picnic for West Ham who faces a team that wear their shirts with pride and make life extremely difficult for their opponents. They don’t have the same resources available to them as West Ham. Clarets boss, Sean Dyche, has done a remarkable job over the past few campaigns, galvanising a team that play and work for each other.

“Strikers, Sam Vokes and Andre Gray, will prove to be a handful for the Hammers. The pair have plundered twenty-one goals between them. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Tom Heaton and defender Michael Keane have received rave reviews and have been linked with several of the Premier League’s title-contending clubs.”

And Stephenson urged the Hammers players to up their game and finish the season with three points, adding: “There are only two points between Burnley and the Hammers., with the host’s keen to leapfrog West Ham to finish their season on a high. It will certainly take a far better effort than last week’s disappointment against Liverpool if Bilic’s men are to complete a double over their opponents and give their own fans something to smile about at the end of an otherwise poor term.”

By Brian Jeeves

FORMER West Ham United defender, Alan Stephenson, spoke to Yellow Sport ahead of the Hammers final match of the season at Burnley and confessed that he’ll glad to see the back of what has been a hugely frustrating campaign.

The Hammer travel to Turf Moor off the back of a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool, a display that disappointed Stephenson immensely: “Being outfought, outplayed and to succumb in the manner they did was extremely worrying. I’m just glad the trip to Burnley has nothing resting on it from a West Ham perspective.

“It’s anyone’s guesses what team Slaven Bilic will field. Players have been dropping like flies and seem to be unavailable week in, week out due to injury. In my opinion, many of the new signings have proved to be not good enough.”

Stephenson, who made 108 appearances for the Hammers between 1968 and 1972, was impressed with the east Lancashire side and recognised the threat they offered his old club: “Burnley have defied the odds to beat the drop. The trip to Turf Moor will be no picnic for West Ham who faces a team that wear their shirts with pride and make life extremely difficult for their opponents. They don’t have the same resources available to them as West Ham. Clarets boss, Sean Dyche, has done a remarkable job over the past few campaigns, galvanising a team that play and work for each other.

“Strikers, Sam Vokes and Andre Gray, will prove to be a handful for the Hammers. The pair have plundered twenty-one goals between them. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Tom Heaton and defender Michael Keane have received rave reviews and have been linked with several of the Premier League’s title-contending clubs.”

And Stephenson urged the Hammers players to up their game and finish the season with three points, adding: “There are only two points between Burnley and the Hammers., with the host’s keen to leapfrog West Ham to finish their season on a high. It will certainly take a far better effort than last week’s disappointment against Liverpool if Bilic’s men are to complete a double over their opponents and give their own fans something to smile about at the end of an otherwise poor term.”

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