Slaven Bilic calls on fans to recreate the atmosphere from the win over Spurs last season
“It’s good to play at home again. We’ve played three away, now we’re at home and it’s been a long time,” Bilic said ahead of Monday night’s clash against Huddersfield Town – the Hammers’ first home game of the season.
“We train at the stadium on Saturday and Sunday and to go into the dressing room, to feel it more before.
“The Spurs game is a good memory and we’re expecting a similar atmosphere. It’s a Monday night game and it’s our first game there.”
James Collins believes the international break has been good for the team
“I think a break helps. Getting away and having your own thoughts helps, especially given it hasn’t gone as well as we would want in the first three games,” Collins told the club website.
“I’ve come back from Wales duty and the lads have said training has been bang on during the international break. They have mentioned how good training has been in the last couple of weeks. We’ve got back together and everyone is ready to go.”
The Welshman also says they can’t blame poor form on three successive away games
“It’s a bit of an excuse really,” Collins continued. “It just so happens that they were three games, away from home, that we’ve lost. But if you look at those games we haven’t performed.
“A first home game is a good opportunity to put things right in front of our own fans, on the tele and under the lights. Hopefully we can do that. Training has been very good this week so hopefully we can make this first game at home a special night.”
Sam Byram is expecting a tough game from Huddersfield
“Huddersfield have started well, to be fair to them, and better than a lot of people would have expected, to give credit to them,” Byram said to the West Ham official site.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game, coming to a big stadium like ours and taking on another big club, so it’s a challenge for them and it’ll not be an easy game, by any means.
“What you get with Huddersfield is that they are always going to work hard and, coming from the Championship, they have a point to prove and they’ve made their point so far. It’s going to be a tough test, but I think we’re ready for it.
“I’ve seen clips of their games and they seem well-drilled and their manager has got them playing well and got them organised. I think the main thing for a team coming up is to stick together. It’s all right having good individual players, but if you’re not together as a team then it will get you nowhere.
“Obviously, they used to be quite big rivals of Leeds when I was playing there and, in that regard, it’s a shame it’s them who came up and not Leeds. That said, it’s nice to see a club from that area doing well.”
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