Date: 30th September 2016 at 6:45am
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West Ham supremo David Gold has stated that he is optimistic that the club’s fortunes will improve on the pitch very soon, with a better showing against Middlesbrough this weekend the first step.

The Hammers have looked like a different team to the one that excelled last season, with low confidence, injuries and some hideous defending compounding issues.

A solitary win over Bournemouth is all that Slaven Bilic’s side have to show for their opening six Premier League games, with lofty ambitions not being met this season as yet.

Gold has stated that he has confidence in the players at the team’s disposal and that the collective effort to improve things will get West Ham back on the right track in the near future.

“I am optimistic that we will see a massive effort from the players to win the game on Saturday and the players know they have under-performed,” he told the club’s official website.

“This is a good squad of players and when I look at the team that will be named at the weekend, I know the quality that will be on show.

“You just believe that any moment the ball will run for us and we will get the result to turn our season around.

“I keep remembering the first 40 minutes against Watford and we looked superb until they scored the first goal.

“That was the kind of performance I remember seeing on a regular basis last season and that is what all the fans would love to see against Middlesbrough on Saturday.”

West Ham will hope that a win over Middlesbrough will be the kickstart the club needs, with Bilic’s men having the quality on paper to overcome the newly promoted side at home this weekend.