Bobby Moncur backs Newcastle United to win v West Ham United

Former Newcastle United star Bobby Moncur backs the current side to get the better of West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday, and hails Moussa Sissoko and Paul Dummett.

Bobby Moncur has been singing the praises of Newcastle United duo Moussa Sissoko and Paul Dummett.

Midfielder Sissoko and defender Dummett have been hugely important in the Magpies’ recent surge in form which has seen them move up to fifth in the Premier League table with 19 points from 12 matches.

The 25-year-old former Toulouse star Sissoko has been a driving force in midfield and scored the winner against Queens Park Rangers at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday.

Meanwhile, 23-year-old defender Dummett has impressed - and probably surprised - many observers, his performances both at left-back and centre-back laudable.

Moncur, who played for Newcastle in the 1960s and 1970s, has hailed the duo and wrote in The Chronicle: “I don’t allow myself to get carried away by six wins in a row – but it’s certainly something that the fans should enjoy… But the team are playing with that spirit and getting results because of it.

“Moussa Sissoko summed that all up with his performance and match- winning contribution with the goal that took the three points. Paul Dummett was another player who keeps shining in the centre of defence.”

Both Sissoko and Dummett will be key for Newcastle when they take on West Ham United away from home in the league on Saturday.

The Hammers themselves are having a good campaign and will not be easy to defeat, but Moncur claims that Alan Pardew’s side should not hold any fear against the London outfit.

“As I say I never get carried away, but for me there should be nothing to fear going into the game with West Ham,” wrote the former Scotland international.

“After all, United are playing with confidence at the moment and their attacking play is something that opponents should be worried about.”

Newcastle will indeed head into the game in London high on confidence, having won six competitive matches in a row.

Pardew’s counter-attacking style seems to be working at the moment, and one would expect the Magpies manager to stick to his tactics against West Ham.

Not so long ago Newcastle were struggling for points and Pardew’s job was reported to be under threat. Things have changed massively now.

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