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It’s West Ham tonight and a first meeting between the two current managers since our memorable, for more than one reason, 3-0 win at the London Stadium two seasons ago.

David Moyes (pictured below when Sunderland manager) was in charge of West Ham then and he’s back now after they dismissed his successor Manuel Pellegrini. He’s back in because it’s another relegation battle but they’ve pulled away slightly from the bottom three.

“We’re pleased with how this week’s gone,” Moyes said. “I think we’d have taken four points at the end of the week from the games that we had, but overall, we’re into a new week now. There are games coming up very quickly at the moment. It’s Burnley, and we’ll do everything we can to keep the momentum going. The players have shown great spirit amongst themselves, and within the dressing room they’re in good fettle, so long may that continue.

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“I think all games are really important, but the good thing is we’ve been here before. We had a run in a couple of years ago which was not too dissimilar, with some games which looked winnable and some other games which looked hard.

“What we’re trying to do is focus on the next game and try and prepare as best we can. I think these are still difficult circumstances for players, with the amount of games they’re having to play in a short period, and obviously without any crowds as well. Hopefully the players can keep their focus on the way they’ve been playing. If they do that, it’ll give us a great opportunity.”

Moyes added: “First up, we’ve got difficult opposition in Burnley, and we’ve got difficult opposition after that, so all we can do is try and play as well as we have, and improve on it. We keep on asking for better. We’re scoring goals, when we weren’t scoring goals in the first couple of games. We’re now asking to defend better, and keep the goals and chances up, while we’re looking much better at that.”

I think the first thing Sean Dyche has to do is count the numbers of players available given the current unavailability of so many of his squad. It’s been like that since the resumption but, despite the lack of numbers, we’ve continued the good run that we were on prior to the suspension of the Premier League.

“It’s a show of respect that we continue to find a way to win games and stay in and around the thinking,”  he said. “If you think back, eleven games ago that wasn’t the case. The noise then was considerably different, but we have come through that spell.

“Most teams do have a bad spell in this league, so to be on the edge of things in terms of talking about Europe is good for the group and myself, but we are a constant work in progress here and there are no bold statements of delusions of grandeur.

“You can lose focus at times on what you are trying to achieve, even as managers. You work so hard to get points on the board and if we had a full squad, I think it would be a more simplistic challenge, but unfortunately we have been limited. “Within that, is not to forget the points we have got and hopefully we will add more.”

He added: “We are asking a lot of our players, but we’ll go again. West Ham have had the ups and downs that are part of the nature of the Premier League, but that’s how difficult this league us. Forty six points at this stage is no mean feat for clubs like ourselves and West Ham, who are a big club, also know how tricky it is. They have some very good players and they haven’t always put it together this season. We hope they don’t on Wednesday, but we have been competitive in most games and that’s what we’ll be looking to take down there.”

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