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Ding-dong derby for Daws!

Posted on 18 March 2011  - 12:00

Michael Dawson knows we will be up against a West Ham team even more determined than usual to beat us at the Lane.

Ding-dong derby for Daws!

Michael Dawson knows we will be up against a West Ham team even more determined than usual to beat us at the Lane.

The defender has played in plenty of London derbies between the two sides and knows how much the fixture means to both sets of fans.

And to add further spice, the Hammers arrive in N17 amidst a relegation scrap – but on the back of three wins in their last five Premier League games.

Avram Grant’s men also picked up their first league win of the season when beat us at Upton Park back in September, so ‘Daws’ is expecting as tough a test as ever against the East Enders on Saturday lunchtime.

He said: “It’s another local derby. Whenever we play West Ham it’s always a great atmosphere and a great game. We know what it means to everyone to win.

“They are definitely improving. They got a great result against Liverpool recently, winning 3-1 at home, and we’re going to have to be ready for it.

“They’re fighting for their lives and are playing well, getting some good results under their belt in recent weeks.

“The lads went there full of confidence in September having been playing well, while West Ham had been on a bad run, but they beat us. Whenever we play them it’s always a tough game.”

But ‘Daws’ is fully focused on what we are trying to achieve – and that is a spot in next season’s Champions League.

We currently sit three points outside the top four with 10 games remaining, and the England international knows the importance of every one of them.

He added: “Our aim is to finish in the top four. We’re enjoying nights like last week against AC Milan as a result of what we did in the Premier League last season, so our main aim is to do that again.

“Each and every game we play at the moment is like a Cup final, whether it be in the league or the Champions League, because we need to get the points on the board.”