Former Player Blog - Tony Cottee

Former Hammers striker Tony Cottee wants Slaven Bilic's side to bounce back against Leicester this weekend
Ex-West Ham forward Tony Cottee was disappointed with the Hammers’ exit from the Emirates FA Cup this week, but he hopes Slaven Bilic’s side can bounce back against another of his former clubs, Leicester City…
Hello everyone,
I was absolutely gutted after the defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday night. It was a great opportunity for us to get to Wembley and for whatever reason, I don’t think we played our best stuff. We did OK for the first 15 minutes, but then United took control of the game.
I think it was more of a case of us being off our game as opposed to them being that good, to be honest. It was disappointing but we will hopefully bounce back.
It’s been an excellent season overall though, and when you look back, you can say getting to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup is still an achievement in itself. That doesn’t happen all the time. The league form has been really good, we’ve generally been consistent and we’ve had some fantastic away performances too.
We haven’t lost at home since August in the league, so hopefully it’s a blip. We’ve got six really important games left now, starting with Leicester on Sunday which I’ll be going to, and hopefully we can still pick up the points to keep us in the hunt for Europe.
Personally, I want to see us playing in Europe next season, as that’s the part of the next stage in our progression as a Club.
Obviously as a former Leicester player, it’s great to see how well they’re performing this season. Unless you’re a Spurs fan, I think everyone else wants Leicester to go on and win the Premier League. It will be really good for football if they do. They’ve been the best team this year, even though they don’t necessarily have the best squad as whole. They play as a team, though, and that’s what’s been so important.
Whatever way you look at it, it will be tough on Sunday but we have to pick ourselves up and go to Leicester to put in a performance. I’d like to think we can get at least a draw. I think we’ll make it awkward for Leicester and I certainly don’t expect us to go there and roll over.
We’ll give a good account of ourselves and we’re certainly capable of winning, there’s no doubt about that. But, we’ll need to perform better than we did on Wednesday evening. If we turn up with our A-game, I think we’ll give Leicester a real battle.

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