Former West Ham United midfielder Ravel Morrison has admitted that he did not know how big a derby the clash between the Hammers and Spurs was before he played against the North Londoners.
Although Morrison has had a decent career at the top level, he has not managed to hit the heights he was expected to as a youngster.
The 28-year-old, who has bounced around various leagues including the Italian, Swedish and Mexican top flights in recent years, now plays his football for Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag.
The former England Under-21 international made only 24 appearances in all competitions for West Ham during his three years at the club but he was part of some impressive wins including a historic 3-0 triumph at White Hart Lane in 2013.
It was Morrison who got the third goal for Sam Allardyce’s side that afternoon as he ran almost the entire length of the pitch before chipping the ball over an on-rushing Hugo Lloris to seal the three points for the away side.
While speaking to Rio Ferdinand on his Youtube channel, Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE, the Manchester United academy graduate admitted that the 3-0 win over Spurs was one of the most special memories of his career so far.
“You speak about West Ham,” said Ferdinand. “And West Ham’s biggest game is Spurs and that goal you scored.”
Morrison responded: “I didn’t realise how big of a game it was.
“I was chatting to Kevin (Nolan) in the warm-up and saying ‘I think we will beat these today. I feel confident’.
“But I didn’t know it was a derby. I thought Millwall was the West Ham derby.
“After that game, it was like ‘Woah’. I think as a team in that game we played well.
“That was perhaps the most enjoyable and best game I have ever played.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I believe one of the reasons that West Ham have a good record against us over the past decade or so is due to the fact that the game means more to them than it does to us. While it is obviously their biggest game of the season, most Spurs fans would agree that the game against the Hammers is not as important as the derbies against Arsenal and Chelsea.
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