Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v Newcastle

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Goodison Park

Last Game

Everton 2 - 1 West Ham

Saturday, 22 November 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

O'Brien out to cause upsets

Joey O'Brien believes West Ham United can continue to 'surprise' and hold their own among the Premier League elite.

Last Updated: 21/11/12 at 10:01 Post Comment

Joey O'Brien: Claims Premier League heavyweights hold no fear for West Ham

Joey O'Brien: Claims Premier League heavyweights hold no fear for West Ham

The Hammers only bounced back into the top-flight last season, as play-off winners, but appear to have benefitted from an enforced spell in the second tier.

They have returned with a steely determination not to slip through the trapdoor again, with Sam Allardyce having assembled a squad which blends creative spark with defensive steel.

That formula has worked a treat during the opening weeks of the 2012/13 campaign, and O'Brien is confident that West Ham can build on their seventh-placed standing despite facing a daunting run of fixtures heading into the festive period - including trips to Manchester United and Tottenham.

O'Brien, who netted his first Premier League goal in Monday's 1-1 draw with Stoke, said: "We were in the Championship last year and when times got bad that's what we said our aim was, to play against the Uniteds and Spurs and teams like that.

"So we look forward to it. It's tough but that's what it's about.

"We're here to surprise one or two. That's the aim. We're not going out just to turn up and get beat and enjoy it. We're going out there to get results, like we did at Newcastle last week.

"We have nothing to lose against these teams. We can play freely and have no real pressure to get a win."

He added: "We think we're a good team. That's how we go out and play. We don't have that mentality where we're from the Championship and a newly promoted team.

"We have some quality players that have played in the Premier League for a long time. That's the mentality we play with."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

L

oved the article. i remember at school, after failing an exam, I would become obscenely secretly happy if I discover that others failed as well. Misery loves company...Now here is to hoping Chelsea joins the party and Stoke city wins the league...Cheers!

gabu
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

C

haos reached its ultimate reckoning last weekend with Tony Hibbert looking assured at left back and Osman looking like a cultured ball playing midfielder before busting a gut to get to the back post for a Samuel Eto'o ball. Different chaos but chaos. If Kone scores the winner tonight I fear the world will end.

jelasfirsttouch
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

A

beautiful demonstration of why stats mean diddly-squat in football.

cheshire-gooner
WhoScored's PL Team Of 2014 So Far...

Footer 365

La Liga: David Moyes says he wants to 'excite' Real Sociedad fans ahead of Elche clash

David Moyes wants to "excite" Real Sociedad fans in his first home game in charge of the Basque club against Elche.

Europa League: Benjamin Stambouli fires Tottenham to win over Partizan Belgrade

Benjamin Stambouli's strike earned Tottenham a 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade and a place in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Europa League: Trabzonspor and Fiorentina among teams to reach last 32

Trabzonspor and Fiorentina were among the teams to progress to the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday night.

Mail Box

Arsenal Fans Are Full Of Hope Again...

Arsenal fans have been sucked back into believing Wenger can bring the glory years back after beating Borussia Dortmund. Plus, more on Liverpool's worrying decline...

Makes Sense To Make Gerrard Liverpool Manager

That's the thoughts of one Mailboxer, who wants Jamie Carragher as defensive coach. Plus views on Arsenal, Malmo v Juventus, Alexis Sanchez & tremendous improvement...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property