Football: West Ham midfielder Matthew Taylor has urged his team-mates not to spend too long thinking about Gareth Bale when Tottenham visit Upton Park tomorrow night.
Bale has been one of the top players in the Premier League this season, with the 23-year-old already hitting 21 goals across all competitions.
But Taylor, whose side sit 13th in the league table, is keen for the Hammers to express themselves.
“The main thing for us on Monday night is to try and worry about ourselves,” he said.
“We understand that Tottenham have got lots of fantastic players and they are a great team, but we’re not bad ourselves.
“Everybody’s talking about Gareth Bale because he’s playing well and scoring goals. He’s one of a number of players that we’re going to try to have shackle on Monday night to get a good result.
“I wouldn’t want to suggest that Tottenham are a one-player team because they’re not.”
Tottenham, who will be without striker Jermain Defoe (ankle), Younes Kaboul, Sandro and Tom Huddlestone (all knee), will be looking to build a cushion between themselves and fifth-placed Arsenal ahead of Sunday’s north London derby.