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Win and survive, says Brooking

Filed: Monday, 16th April 2018
By: Staff Writer

Sir Trevor Brooking believes that West Ham could all but guarantee safety with a win against Stoke City at the Olympic Stadium tonight.

The legendary Hammer, 69, told the Recorder that he believes the Hammers are on the verge of securing their Premier League spot for next season if they can overturn an out-of-form Potters side in Stratford this evening.

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"I think a win against Stoke on Monday would almost be enough," he said. "We have to make sure we play well, but I think three points will mean the last month of the season will be more relaxed than the previous one was.

"It wouldn't be the same if we didn't have the rollercoaster of being a West Ham fan. You don't know what's around the corner. That's part of the attraction to a certain extent!

"A lot of fans say it would be nice to find out how it feels to challenge for trophies every year, but I don't think we will ever quite find that out. More than anything, when the good times come it will be fantastic to look back on it."

And Brooking stressed that the time for a review of the club and the perilous situation in which it finds itself is in the summer, when the season has ended - and not before.

"In recent weeks you have some challenging issues that the club gets the wrong attention for," he said. "During those moments the genuine fans seem to pull together in order to be want to be seen to be lifting the club.

"That's what happened in the Southampton game and now for the remaining matches of the season, we just need to get the confirmation of the Premier League status and then look at what can be done in the summer to try and make sure we don't have another rollercoaster."

Brooking was speaking at a golfing event to fund the fight against Prostate Cancer and specifically, the 'March for Men' event which takes place on Sunday, 22 July.

"In the football fraternity there are quite a few people I know who have had their issues with prostate cancer," he added. "In my family, both my dad and my brother have had issues.

"Cancer is a sensitive word for a lot of people but prostate cancer is something Iím very conscious of. A lot of men tend to be a bit macho and not say they are unwell or worry about anything about that, but over the past few years you try to encourage them to seek advice.

"Iíve been regularly tested over the past 15 years. It really is something that gives you piece of mind if the reading is fine. And from a prostate cancer point of view, if you catch something and there is an issue early then it will stop it spreading."

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