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Shrewsbury defender Nsiala: West Ham boss Moyes a tough man

Shrewsbury Town defender Aristote Nsiala is ready for a reunion with West Ham boss David Moyes.

Nsiala worked with Moyes at Everton and will they cross swords in the FA Cup today.

Nsiala said: “I know West Ham's ­manager well from my time at Everton.

“He's a bit of an old-school boss – a tough man – I was scared of him when I was young. I'd look the other way when I walked past him in the corridor. Honestly, I couldn't look at him. Once, with team-mate Shane Duffy, we hadn't thanked a dinner lady for our food. She wasn't happy and it got back to him. We were both told off for that – rightly so.

“But I did get on the bench a couple of times, so I suppose he must have known who I was.

“I was a substitute against BATE ­Borisov in a Europa League game and I was called to get stripped to come on – but I didn't have any shinnies.

“I was so nervous and took so long that his assistant Steve Round told Shkodran Mustafi, the boy who's now at Arsenal, to go on instead.

“I killed myself since then, thinking about it. You're only talking about 30 ­seconds – and they sent on Shoky! I don't think it ­affected my Everton career, though, as I knew I would be released.

“But I was looking forward to the ­appearance money. I'd already spent the bonus and I was skint for a couple of months."

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