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West Ham not afraid of ‘difficult’ Newcastle test despite PSG defeat, says Nayef Aguerd


Ayef Aguerd says West Ham have no fear of Newcastle heading into Sunday’s Premier League clash, despite witnessing the Toon’s mauling of Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.

Eddie Howe’s side had a famous night as Champions League football returned to St James’s Park on Wednesday, with Kylian Mbappe and Co leaving Tyneside chastised after a 4-1 defeat.

Aguerd watched that match at West Ham’s team hotel in Germany before the Hammers continued their good start to the season with a 2-1 victory over Freiburg in the Europa League 24 hours later.

The win earned them six points from six in Europe, while the Irons are also through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup and currently sit seventh in the Premier League having been beaten only by Manchester City and Liverpool. Confidence is therefore naturally high ahead of Sunday’s meeting with the Magpies.

“In the Premier League, every weekend you have big games,” defender Aguerd said. “Newcastle are very, very difficult to play, but we are playing at home, in front of our fans and I hope it will be a great afternoon for them. We will give everything to make them happy.

“We faced great teams. City and Liverpool are some of the best teams in the world. We demonstrated quality and unfortunately we had some details to iron out. Now it’s behind us, we’re focusing on the next matches.

“We are ready for Newcastle. In football, there is no fear. It’s an exciting game and these kinds of games are the reason why I’m in the Premier League.

No fear: Nayef Aguerd won’t be intimidated when West Ham take on Newcastle on Sunday

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Aguerd was on the scoresheet at Freiburg, heading home in the second half after home midfielder Roland Sallai canceled out Lucas Paqueta’s opener.

The Moroccan’s goal came, inevitably, from a James Ward-Prowse corner and Hammers boss David Moyes has challenged his centre-backs to fill their boots this season, such is the quality of the team’s performance. Former Southampton player.

“We all know that this year we are playing on set pieces,” Aguerd said. “We have Prowsey who has a wonderful delivery.

“We know now that when we have corners or set pieces in general, we know we can be very dangerous. We know his quality, so we should expect him in these positions.

“This time it was me, last time it was Kurt (Zouma) against Luton, Tomas (Soucek) also scored from set pieces. So yes, we play with our weapons.

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