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Wednesday 13 December 2017

West Ham's Maynard itching to nail Saints

Nicky Maynard is confident that he will be able to score tonight if called upon to make his West Ham debut in the club's top-of-the-table showdown against Southampton.

West Ham will take a big step towards promotion to the Premier League if they can extend their lead at the top of the English Championship to five points with a win over Saints at Upton Park.

The Hammers have a game in hand on their opponents after their match at Peterborough was postponed on Saturday -- a situation that left manager Sam Allardyce and his new £2million striker highly frustrated.

Maynard had hoped to make his first appearance for West Ham at London Road after watching his first game since signing against Millwall from the bench.

Itching

The former Bristol City man is itching to don the famous claret and blue shirt for the first time and has promised Allardyce that he will deliver if given the nod for tonight's crucial game.

"The manager said he was bringing me in to score goals and that I'll get all the chances I need here," Maynard said.

"All I want is to get chances to score and I'm sure I'll take them when they come."

Manager of the month Chris Hughton will be hoping his third-placed Birmingham side can keep up the pressure on the top two with a home win against Hull, who climbed back into the play-off places with a 3-0 win over Bristol City at the weekend.

Cardiff, who are level on points with the Blues, are looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat at Leicester with a home win over Peterborough while fifth-placed Blackpool travel to strugglers Doncaster.

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