Moyes admits West Ham will have ‘tough job’ against Leeds

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Moyes admits West Ham will have ‘tough job’ against Leeds

West Ham United boss David Moyes has admitted that his side will have a “tough job” on their hands keeping Leeds United at bay on Saturday at Elland Road.

The Hammers have had a steady start to the new season. They sit eighth in the Premier League after five games.

‘ side head into this weekend’s fixtures on the back of a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.

The Londoners won both their games against Marcelo Bielsa’s team last season. During his latest press conference, as cited by , Moyes insisted that this will be a “really tough” game for his side:

“I’m a big admirer of Marcelo Bielsa because of his record and the way his teams play. They’re a great football club, Leeds, fantastically supported, so it’s a really tough game.

“The energy they put in and how they go about winning, it’ll certainly be a test for us.

“I think we’re just going to try and do what West Ham have been doing recently: be positive in our play and score goals, but also be strong defensively.

“I think if you look at Leeds’ play, you’d consider them a really positive team, so we have to think like that as well. We’ll try and attack them and score when we can, but we’ll have another tough job trying to defend against them.”

will be without Ryan Fredericks for their trip to Elland Road.

The defender hobbled off during their midweek cup tie against Man United. Moyes is hopeful that his injury is not too serious:

“Ryan’s probably the only player we’ve got any real major concerns over. He felt his groin and he’s had an injury prior to it before, so he’s being assessed at the moment,” Moyes added.

“He won’t be fit for this game [against Leeds] but we’re hoping it’s not too serious. We’ll know more after the results of the tests, probably at the start of next week.

“We’re very fortunate that we’ve got a couple of other right-backs we can play if we get a problem there, but with the amount of games we’ve got in the schedule, we want them all to be ready to play, so I’m hoping that they all can do that.

“I’m not sure how bad Ryan’s is – I’m hoping that it’s something that’s quite short and quick [to recover from] – but again, we can only wait and see what the assessment comes back with.”

Moyes went onto insist that West Ham are heading in the right direction:

“I think as a team we are. We sense it around the club. The team and club are moving in the right direction. If we want to realise how good we are we have to play Manchester Uniteds, Cities and Liverpools, because the job is to try and challenge them as we go along.

“We’re still trying to find our level, but I think what we’ve shown last year and the start of this season, we see no reason why we shouldn’t keep ourselves up trying to challenge the top teams.”

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Leicester boss Rodgers ‘delighted’ to see Evans return

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Leicester boss Rodgers ‘delighted’ to see Evans return

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers admits Jonny Evans must be handled with care after his injury troubles.

The Northern Ireland international has been battling a foot problem for most of the year.

having managed just 74 minutes in total previously this term.

Evans could now make his first Premier League start since April against Burnley on Saturday but Rodgers knows he cannot be rushed.

He said: “It’s about managing Jonny. It’s his first 90 minutes since earlier in the year. It’s managing that process and seeing how the foot reacts.

“It’s a long season. I’m delighted he’s got the game time and in and, absolutely, when he is playing we are a better team.

“He gives great authority and assurance to the backline and the team overall because of his tactical ability and the way he plays the game.

“We’ll see if he can start and, if not, he will certainly be on the bench. We know we have other really important games ahead.”

Along with Evans, Ayoze Perez is available after serving a three-game ban after being sent off in the 4-1 defeat at West Ham last month. James Justin (knee) and Wesley Fofana (broken leg) remain out for the Foxes.

Leicester lost 2-1 at Brighton on Sunday as they look for consistency in the Premier League, having also blown a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Napoli in the Europa League last week.

Rodgers added: “We are very focused on improving. I never get too high when we win or too low when we lose. We have a brilliant bunch of players and I know we want better results but it’s over the course of 38 games.

“In the second half against Brighton and against Millwall it was a lot more like us in terms of our spirit, some of our football and intensity. That’s the challenge, we have to repeat that and make that consistent.

“The players are human, they will make mistakes, I will make mistakes and we’ll do everything we can do to be better in our next game.”


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