Hammers coach wants first win before Albion test

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West Ham coach Billy McKinlay (right)
West Ham coach Billy McKinlay (right)

WEST HAM first-team coach Billy McKinlay is desperate for the team to pick up their first win of the season ahead of the match against Albion.

Graham Potter's next opponents are in Europa Conference League qualifying action tonight and are yet to win a game this season.

The Hammers were beaten on the opening day of the season against Manchester City and then by Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

Tonight West Ham play against Danish side Viborg as they attempt to reach the group stages of the Europa Conference League.

McKinlay said: "When you’ve lost any game you want to get back on the horse right away and we’ve got the chance to do that.

"We’ve got used to playing Thursday-Sunday for pretty much the whole season last year, so hopefully we can get the right result and get kick-started for the season.

"Not having some points on the board is disappointing. Sunday was an opportunity missed. We should probably have taken something from the game, so it’s not an ideal start in terms of points but we feel that the performance levels are improving, and hopefully we can put that right soon enough."

"Since Nottingham Forest on Sunday we’ve been glued to the video and we’ve got all the reports, so there’s no way, shape or form that we’ll take it any differently to a normal game.

"So we’re well-prepared in knowing as much as we can. There will be no complacency from anyone at the Club – we know it will be a difficult game and that we’ll have to play well to get the right result."

Albion are have not lost a game to the Hammers since being promoted to the Premier League, and on the last game against the London side 3-1 at the Amex in the final game of the 2021/22 campaign.