David going for Gold at Goodison

David going for Gold at Goodison

Co-chairman David Gold says he expects West Ham to get something from Saturday’s lunchtime trip to Everton. The Hammers have made an excellent start to the season, currently sitting eighth in the table, just three points adrift of third-place Arsenal.

Such an outcome from the opening eight games would have been gleefully accepted by both the fans and the club if it had been offered to them in the summer but having lost 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace ahead of the international break, Gold says there is a “real determination to put things right” at Goodison Park.

While West Ham appear on the up, the Toffees sit in the relegation places having won only twice in their opening eight Premier League fixtures.

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Boss Marco Silva is under pressure to start producing results after another busy summer in the transfer market and there is a feeling the Merseysiders may not stick with him much longer if the Portuguese fails to demonstrate that he can turn things around.

Goodison was previously a ‘bogey’ ground for the Irons but since breaking an 11-year duck with a 3-2 victory in 2016, the stadium has not held the same fear. Manuel Pellegrini claimed his first win in charge of the club there last September, with Andriy Yarmolenko grabbing a brace in a 3-1 win.

Gold has been speaking ahead of the match and is clearly in bullish mood as the Premier League returns following the international hiatus.

Rather than worry about the game as he would have done in previous seasons, with expectations high, the co-owner says this is the type of fixture the Hammers should be targeting.

“I think it’s fair to say that the days of them being a bogey team are gone and I want to believe we can expect something from this match,” he told the Claret and Hugh website. “There was a time when you went away hoping for a draw but now I do so expecting NOT to get beaten and that’s a massive change of mentality.”

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