West Ham news: Bilic drops hint that Fernandes and Arbeloa could start in League Cup clash

By Wayne Veysey

21st Sep, 2016 | 2:21pm

Bilic drops hint that these two players will start for West Ham v Accrington

By Joe Nelson

Slaven Bilic has confirmed that both Alvaro Arbeloa and Edimilson Fernandes are set to feature in his side’s League Cup clash against Accrington Stanley on Wednesday night.

The manager told the official West Ham website that they have both been training and are up to scratch following their early season absences.

Arbeloa was signed from European Champions Real Madrid in the summer, while Fernandes joined from Swiss side Sion.

The Spaniard’s last appearance came for Los Blancos last season, where Fernandes played for Sion and for the Swiss Under 21’s just ten days ago.

“We have that issue with a few players, but some of the players will get a chance because we want to see them. They have been training hard and we want to see them. It is a risk for the result, but I want to see them and I have full confidence in them.”
Bilic has also lamented the amount of individual errors leading to goals recently, which have contributed to the Hammers’ dreadful start to the new campaign.

“We simply need a reaction to the defeat. In none of these games…. You can’t say we’ve been outplayed by the opposition.

“You can’t be one second late when you lose the ball. That’s enough for the opposition to have an extra yard, and every goal we conceded was like that. When it rains it pours.

“If you add on top of that the individual mistakes we were doing it’s way too much.”

Despite the gap in leagues between the Hammers and Accrington Stanley, who currently reside 11th in League Two, Bilic is wary of their opponents.

“I watched Accrington’s game against Burnley in the last round,” he added, as quoted by the West Ham site. “They are a good team for that level of football but the lower you go, the better they are at closing down the opponent.

“They have already played a Cup Final against Burnley and tonight will be a Champions League Final, they will be up for it, so it is a good test for us.”

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