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West Ham Cottee: Leicester remind me of the ‘Boys of 86’

PUBLISHED: 15:30 09 February 2016

Tony Cottee

Tony Cottee

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Our Hammers columnist Tony Cottee thinks his old team Leicester can win the title

Tony Cottee waves to the crowd as West Ham pay tribute to their academy (pic: whufc.com)Tony Cottee waves to the crowd as West Ham pay tribute to their academy (pic: whufc.com)

I have to say that we really missed a big chance to get a result at St Mary’s on Saturday and the way we played when they had 10 men was very disappointing.

I only saw the last 20 minutes or so live and I was thinking that we had a lot of possession, not realising that they only had 10 men.

But we wasted that possession. We put in a lot of crosses, but none of them went close to Andy Carroll and he must have been very frustrated.

The best chance fell to Emmanuel Emenike and he really should have hit the target, but we will just have to put it down as a bad day.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (centre) has a shot on goal saved by Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart (left) during the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (centre) has a shot on goal saved by Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart (left) during the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

Once again we started badly and let in a goal and we just can’t continue to do that if we want to stay in the race for Europe.

It is hard to put your finger on why and it is not an individual thing, but it must be solved.

I was on the pitch at Upton Park last Tuesday to celebrate the Academy and it was great to see some of the lads who I haven’t seen for years.

I really think that great credit must go to the club for the themed nights they have done for the whole of this season and I know when I am on the pitch for the final game, that it will be very emotional.

West Ham United's Frank McAvennie scoring West Ham's 2nd goal against Oxford United at Upton Park. Final score W.Ham 3 Ox. Utd 1West Ham United's Frank McAvennie scoring West Ham's 2nd goal against Oxford United at Upton Park. Final score W.Ham 3 Ox. Utd 1

My old team Leicester City are still flying high at the top and I really think that they can go on and win the title this year.

They have answered all the questions so far and I think they gave Manchester City a footballing lesson on Saturday.

The Foxes remind me a lot of our 1986 team, though we came from behind and they have been out in front for a long time now.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez remind me of Frank McAvennie and Alan Devonshire and I think them staying fit will be vital to their chances.

Their game against Arsenal on Sunday will be so important, while Man City are still in it and I fear that Spurs are in the hunt too.

With the greatest respect to Spurs, I think I would rather they didn’t win the league, just as their fans would have been thinking the same back in 1986!

It is certainly great to see those two teams vying for the title again.

We go to Norwich on Saturday and though they are really struggling, we need to make sure that we start well, because they will be keen to get off to a flyer as they need a win.

They have some good players, but I expect us to go there and show our class, so I am going for a 2-1 away win. COYI!

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