Interim Manager Freddie Ljungberg has sent out a rallying cry ahead of Monday’s tricky tie at ‘fellow-strugglers’ West Ham on Monday night. We are on an incredible NINE match streak without a win and Freddie is still on the hunt for his first one as caretaker following Unai Emery’s recent sacking, and he’ll be hoping he can produce one on Monday.

In fairness to Freddie, he’s only played two games, and was unlucky not to notch a win away at Norwich, and then things didn’t go our way again at home to Brighton where we lost 2-1 at home.

Freddie wants his senior players to step up, and said via The Press Association that:

“I haven’t said I’m going to build the team against specific players but I felt I want to play the experienced players when it’s such a difficult situation like it is at the moment. I decided not to pick all the young players that are going to change the future of this club. I made a conscious choice to put down the older players to take the responsibility and change the games…”

Freddie is full of confidence (for some reason) and is still not ruling out a return to the Champions League this season, despite somewhat of a gulf between us and the top four places:

“No, I don’t think we should stop talking about the top four, but for us it’s about concentrating on what we’re doing here now and not look up, down, sideways. We just need to work on our own game and our own confidence…”

Monday nights game at West Ham should be a good one and let’s hope Freddie can begin to turn things around!