West Ham midfielder Matt Taylor has admitted he is desperate to make a return for the Hammers against Derby at Upton Park this weekend as Ladbrokes report a free bets offer on the UK football.
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The former Bolton player has been beset by calf problems this season, and has so far played a limited role in West Ham’s push for promotion back up to the Premier League. However a goalscoring return for the reserves in mid-week would likely have caught the attention of Hammers boss Sam Allerdyce.
The Hammers currently lie in second place in the Championship, five points behind league leaders Southampton, and Taylor admits he may have to be patient and sit out the tie against Derby before working his way back into a winning side.
“It was nice to get through 70 minutes and to score but more than anything it was nice to be back out on the pitch,” Taylor told the club’s official website.
“It has been frustrating being injured but hopefully I can get a chance and get myself back into the team. I respect the manager’s decision and I’ve always been that way. That’s what the manager is paid to do.
“He makes the decisions and he picks the team and that’s his prerogative. All I can do is be ready and hopefully, when I’m called upon, I can keep the shirt.” He added.
West Ham go into the game against Derby hoping to narrow the gap on Southampton at the top of the table, but know they won’t have it easy against opponents that are hoping to push their own case for a play-off spot at the very least.
Nigel Clough’s side sit just three points behind current holders of the final play-off spot Hull in 6th place, and will be hoping that new loan signing Tamas Priskin can make an immediate impact at Upton Park.