West Ham midfielder hopeful Everton game can act as a catalyst

Spector confident result can spur Hammers on

JONATHAN SPECTOR believes West Ham can draw on last season’s experience at Goodison Park to help propel them up the league table.

Former striker Ilan scored a brilliant late diving header against the Toffeess last April as the Hammers picked up a credible 2-2 draw against Everton to hault a six-match losing run.

The east Londoners followed up with a much-needed win against Sunderland to help them avoid the dreaded drop.

The announcement Avram Grant will stay in charge for the foreseeable future should bring much-needed stability to West Ham and give them a greater chance of success this weekend.

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The Hammers head to Merseyside this Saturday bottom of the table, but just two points off safety and Spector is hoping for d�j� vu.

“Hopefully this game can be the same as last season and be the catalyst we need to push on and climb up the table,” he said.

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“We’ve had some good results and points where it looked like it was going to turn our season around.

“We need to go up there and get a result. A point is Okay but we’ll be going up there looking for a win, that’s what our focus will be on.”

The first meeting between the pair this season only took place in late December, when the points were again shared as the two played out a 1-1 draw.

Spector feels the Hammers performance was worthy of the three points at Upton Park and is hopeful he can help the team to victory, although still playing in a less than familiar role.

“It’s a game we felt we should have won. Hopefully we’ll be able to go there and get a win,” said the American international.

“I’m still getting used to it and learning the midfield role but I’m growing more and more into it with each and every game.

“It’s an honour to be playing in there and hopefully I’ll be able to continue there and learn the position more and more.”

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