Thursday 21 November 2019

Tom Ince prepared for hostile reception at West Ham

Tom Ince is used to being targeted by West Ham fans
Tom Ince is used to being targeted by West Ham fans

Huddersfield forward Tom Ince is relishing the chance to silence the West Ham boo-boys on Monday night when the two sides clash at the London Stadium.

Ince, 25, has grown used to the abuse he receives from a section of West Ham fans following his father Paul's acrimonious transfer from the London club to Manchester United in 1989.

Hammers fans have never forgiven Ince senior for being pictured in a United shirt before the deal to take him to Old Trafford had been completed and his son expects to be targeted again.

Asked if he was prepared for more needle on Monday night, Ince said: "Yeah, I suppose you could say that.

"I'm not a popular name round there but it's part of football, it's one of those things.

"That's why I'm glad it's at the London Stadium. There's a bit more space between the players and fans."

Ince, signed from Derby in July for an undisclosed fee, reported to be slightly more than the £11million Huddersfield paid Montpellier for striker Steve Mounie, lays the blame squarely on his dad.

"I do keep telling him that," said the former England Under-21 international. "West Ham and Leeds, I keep getting the same stick and it's not even my fault, it's your fault.

"It's one of those things. You have to take it on the chin. I always think that if they're booing you then you must be doing something right.

"Hopefully, if selected, if I score a goal at West Ham it will be a very nice moment for me. I'm looking forward to it.

"It's a great stadium, the fans are absolutely fantastic and it will be a great game to be involved in."

David Wagner's side aim to extend their unbeaten start to life in the Premier League against the Hammers, who have yet to register their first point.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is under increasing pressure, while Hammers fans have planned a protest against the club's owners inside the stadium.

"We have to make sure we capitalise on that and keep the crowd quiet," Ince added. "But they've got some big players and it's a really big game for them.

"We'll go there with a lot of confidence. We're undefeated so far. We've got our plan, we've got our ideas to break them down and win the game.

"It's one that every player should be looking forward to. West Ham is one of the big names in the Premier League outside the top six.

"It's a great opportunity for us to go there and showcase what we're about and what the club's about. "

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