Following West Ham United’s 5-0 loss against Manchester City on Saturday, Jack Wilshere has spoken about the expectations for the upcoming game against Brighton & Hove Albion on the Hammers’ official channels.
What will have caught the eye of many is his statement that “it’ll be a different game against Brighton”:
“It’ll be a different game at Brighton on Saturday and we have to prepare for that. We’ve got a strong spirit, so we put a line under it and go again.”https://t.co/vOxbTqyK3E
— West Ham United (@WestHam) August 12, 2019
This implies that it will be an easier game and while on paper playing Brighton is a much more promising prospect than facing City, this is still a team who won their first game under a new manager 3-0.
In addition, the Hammers have lost three and drawn once in their four Premier League encounters against Brighton, as per 11v11.
Some West Ham fans feel they have seen this type of comment enough times in the past to know they don’t normally end with a positive result.
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A selection of Twitter reaction to the comment, including posts from unimpressed West Ham fans, can be seen below:
Hate to say it, but I can’t see us getting anything from the Brighton game, simply because, they are very well organised, play with passion and motivation, but don’t worry our season starts the week after next, or probably the week after that!!!!!!!
— christopher (@chrisgardner201) August 12, 2019
How is it different. They beat watford 3-0 away and Brighton have a good record against hammers. Basically we r doing old trick of underestimating them which we shouldn’t
— Graham Walker (@hammers060280) August 12, 2019
Here they come…..come on @WestHamUtd Wheel them out.. .’We go again’, ‘It’ll be different next time’, ‘It’s a clean slate’, ‘We’ve got a good team spirit’ It’s one game I know but I am so over us getting smashed by City every season.
— Spencer and 245 others (@spencermatt) August 12, 2019
Translation: “Brighton are an easier team so we’ll probably beat them”
Glenn Murray 1-0 incoming..
— Luc Bailey (@luc_bailey1) August 12, 2019
Every year I have hope for the new season, then I think ‘haven’t I been here before, haven’t I heard all this before’ #COYI
— Graham Lane (@Flyer58uk) August 12, 2019
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Because we always beat Brighton !!!!! Look forward to reading the same message next Monday !!!!
— Philip Maurice (@PhilipMaurice7) August 12, 2019