Danny Murphy has a theory about West Ham’s strong away form

Danny Murphy

West Ham United have defeated Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City away from home in the Premier League so far this season.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy has explained on BBC Sport why West Ham United are so good away from home.

The Hammers have won all three of their matches on the road in the Premier League so far this season.

Slaven Bilic’s side defeated Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium and Anfield 2-0 and 3-0 respectively in August.

Last month, West Ham got the better of former Premier League champions Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

“As well as pace in attack, you need to be well organised defensively and stay patient and focused if you want to be successful playing on the break,” former Tottenham midfielder Murphy wrote on BBC Sport.

“Look at West Ham, who have done exactly that three times to win at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

The Hammers' back four, and the midfielders shielding them, were awesome in the way they stayed disciplined deep in their own half and held their positions. They were not getting the ball for long periods, which made it even harder.

"That does not just happen by accident - it comes from work on the training pitch, as does fitness, which is another important factor.”

It seems that former Tottenham man Murphy is impressed with the way West Ham have played away from home so far this season.

The Hammers’ Premier League game this afternoon is also on the road - against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Bilic’s side will head into the game as favourites, and the players will be keen on picking up all three points before the international break.

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