West Ham right-back Ryan Fredericks believes his side can go to the Etihad this weekend and pick up points against Manchester City.
The Hammers dropped into the relegation zone on Saturday after squandering a two-goal cushion at the London Stadium, as Brighton snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat in a tantalising 3-3 stalemate.
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- West Ham currently sit 18th in the Premier League table and face City away on Sunday.
- The Hammers have beaten City just once in their previous 12 meetings.
- In the past three league games West Ham have conceded nine goals, but Fredericks has rubbished suggestions of a defensive approach against City.
- Michail Antonio returned to action over the weekend, while Jarrod Bowen could make his debut against the reigning English champions.
- Fredericks believes every game from now until the end of the season is a “must-win” for West Ham, including City.
David Moyes’ side are in a perilous state at the moment with daunting trips to City and Liverpool fast approaching, but Fredericks has labelled every game from this point until the end the campaign a “must-win”.
He told the club’s official website: “We know we’ve got Man City on Sunday and we’re not going to be looking just to stay in the game and get a draw. We’re more than confident that we can go and score goals. As long as there are no mistakes at the back, we are confident of picking up points.
“They are tough games, but every game is tough. If you play a team at the top, they’ve got world-class players and if you play a team at the bottom, they’ve still got class players and they’re fighting for their lives, so it doesn’t really matter who you are playing now.”
The 27-year-old took great encouragement from the draw against relegation rivals Brighton and has detailed plans for West Ham to not just “sit back and hope for the best” against City, but rather to approach the match with a forward-thinking mentality.
He added: “We had just as many chances as Liverpool the other day and we didn’t take them. If we take our chances, we’re confident of beating anyone.
“We’ll approach those games as we approach every game. Every game is a ‘must-win’ game now. As you come to the end of the season, we’re desperate for points. We can‘t just sit back and hope for the best. We’ve got to attack and try and score goals and not concede them at the other end.”
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“We’re good enough to beat anyone on our day”
Despite sitting precariously in the bottom three, Fredericks is under no illusions that Moyes has the required talent at his disposal to beat any top side if he is able to find the right formula.
Fredericks stated: “We scored three goals [against Brighton] and were more than comfortable then, all of a sudden, it just changes and we’re not at it at all, which is so frustrating.
“There are a lot of positives, but we don’t want to be saying that every week and not winning games. It’s all well and good playing well or having good times in a game, but at this time of the season it’s all about winning.
“We’re good enough to beat anyone on our day, which is why it’s so frustrating.”