Vedran Corluka is convinced West Ham shouldn’t be down at the wrong end of the Premier League.
The Croatian international - known to all at Spurs as ‘Charlie’ - expects a tough game against a team that appears to have found form at exactly the right time.
Huge recent wins against Blackpool, Liverpool and Stoke plus a couple of important draws at Everton and West Brom have lifted the Hammers off the foot of the table.
Now it’s another massive derby at the Lane as Avram Grant’s men continue to scrap for survival – and we chase a place in the top four.
“When you see their players, they don't deserve to be down there,” explains Vedran in tomorrow’s official matchday programme, referring to the Hammers’ precarious position in the bottom three, albeit only on goal difference and only two wins off a top 10 spot in this crazy Premier League season.
“They have good players especially in attack and in midfield and they beat us at Upton Park so it will be a tough game. We are both fighting for points, for different reasons.”
Charlie insists we’re all out for three points after a draw last time out at Wolves left us three points behind Chelsea in fifth.
“We just need to start winning games again,” said Charlie. “We had a good period with three wins in a row but then only got one point against Wolves and Blackpool, so it’s a big game against West Ham. We need to get three points if want to keep up our top four challenge.”
You can read this interview in full in tomorrow's matchday programme.
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Harry Redknapp - The manager's exclusive column.
One-goal wonders - Gilberto's strike against the Hammers.
The double - Continuing our 50-year celebrations of the 1960-61 double.
Champions League reaction - Pictures and words from that memorable night against Milan.
Memory match - Chris Fairclough recalls a 2-1 win against West Ham in December, 1987.