McDonald: West Ham confident ahead of Cardiff play-off

West Ham United assistant manager Neil McDonald says the players are up and about ahead of tomorrow night’s Championship play-off first leg with Cardiff City.

The Hammers, who were denied automatic promotion when Southampton beat Coventry City on the weekend, are away to the Bluebirds and McDonald suggests things are abuzz at Upton Park.

"In our heart of hearts we always knew Southampton would win their last game," he said.

"We were more disappointed when we drew at Bristol City before that in a game we needed to win.

"But the boys are in really good spirits and we are all ready for the game. There's a great atmosphere and good competition for places.

"We were favourites at the start of the season to go up so it was disappointing we didn't do it automatically. But we'll take the favourite tag if everyone wants to give it to us and we are ready for the two games against Cardiff.

"There's no reason why we shouldn't handle the pressure. There were doubts about our home form but we've put that to bed with our last two games and our away form is fantastic. I don't think we have anything to be afraid of.”

 
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