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Freund hammers his point home

Posted on 9 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Steffen Freund has declared: "It's about time I beat West Ham!"

The German midfielder has failed in three attempts so far and his sentiments will be mirrored by the rest of his team-mates - you have to go back to January 1998 for our last victory over the Hammers.

West Ham actually find themselves at the bottom of the Premiership but that is an unreflective view of a team that has come back from 2-0 to draw with champions Manchester United and forced a draw at Sunderland in its last two outings.

Nevertheless, Freund is confident he can topple Harry Redknapp's men this time around. "West Ham is a very important match for everyone," said Freund. "It is a derby and personally, I haven't beaten them yet. It is time to beat West Ham.

"I have respect for West Ham and for them, I know Tottenham is a very big game. I think we have to change this recent situation though. We are playing at home, we are confident and we have to beat them this time.

"We have seven points now and if we beat West Ham I am sure we will stay in that top six. This a good situation and gives us the platform for a good season.

"If we can beat West Ham then we will not have so much pressure in the next games and then you can go out, perform and go up the table."

Freund is likely to have a new team-mate on the left-hand side of midfield following Darren Anderton's injury in Tuesday's victory over Everton. Stephen Clemence came on for Anderton after just 12 minutes and helped turn the game - he created all three goals as we came from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

Freund was impressed: "It wasn't easy for him against Everton," he added. "He came on after an injury and that is never easy and he was also in a different position on the left, when normally he is central. What he did in that game was very important for us.

"I think he is a good player, a young player with a great future and it is nice to have him in the team."