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Solid as a rock

Filed: Tuesday, 24th July 2018
By: Staff Writer

Summer signing Ryan Fredericks believes that West Ham's new-look defence is going to be far more durable than last season.

Despite ending the season in 13th place, West Ham conceded 68 goals during the last campaign - more than any other Premier League side bar Stoke City, who were eventually relegated in 19th place.

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But having introduced the former Fulham right-back plus fellow defenders Fabian Balbuena and French Under 21 Issa Diop over the summer, Fredericks believes that the Hammers - under the expert guidance of Manuel Pellegrini - are set for a far less frustrating year.

"Were working on a lot of things in training defensive-wise," said the Hammersmith-born full back. "Its different to what any of the lads have done before, but I can see on the pitch that its working already.

"There are a few little things that weve got to get used to, but were not conceding chances every five or ten minutes. Were looking a lot more solid and I think, if we cut out some of the silly mistakes, were going to be a much more solid team and harder to break down."

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Goals conceded per season since promotion
Position relative to rest of Premier League

2017/18: 68 (19th - Slaven Bilic/David Moyes)
2016/17: 64 (16th - Slaven Bilic)
2015/16: 51 (11th - Slaven Bilic)
2014/15: 47 (7th - Sam Allardyce)
2013/14: 51 (8th - Sam Allardyce)
2012/13: 53 (9th - Sam Allardyce)

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