Tottenham stand-in manager Tim Sherwood is hopeful that he can oversee a response from his side after Andre Villas-Boas’ sacking.
Spurs parted company with their boss on Monday following their humiliating 5-0 loss to fellow top four hopefuls Liverpool at White Hart Lane the previous day.
The result came just a matter of weeks after a 6-0 defeat at Manchester City and capped an underwhelming start to the season, in which the London club found the back of the net on just 15 occasions, despite having invested over £100m in new players over the summer.
Sherwood, the club’s technical director, has stepped into the void left by AVB, and is hopeful that he can get things back on track in his first game in charge of the Lilywhites:
“When you lose your manager, it’s a change and you’ve got to listen to a different voice, but I’m hoping to get a few messages across in a short space of time so we can get a positive result against West Ham,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.
“It’s a huge game, especially on the back of what they did to us at the Lane. It was disappointing.
“We have to get out there on the front foot and we have to impose ourselves on them as soon as we can during the game.”
Tottenham lost 3-0 at home to their London rivals in October, a result that also contributed to Villas-Boas sacking.