Daz­zling Vaz still be­lieves in Ham­mers


Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY APRIL 12 - By IAN WIN­ROW

JER­MAINE PEN­NANT has in­sisted he won’t be booted out of the Pot­ter­ies this sum­mer.

The Stoke winger is con­vinced boss Tony Pulis will keep the faith and not show him the Bri­tan­nia Sta­dium exit door.

Pulis is keen to bring in more wide men for next sea­son, with Wolves’ Matt Jarvis and Black­pool’s Matt Phillips both trans­fer tar­gets.

But Pen­nant is re­fus­ing to ac­cept he will be look­ing for an­other club as he bids to stay at Stoke.

He said: “I would love to get a reg­u­lar place. I’m here, no-one’s said any­thing about leav­ing.

“I’m go­ing to re­turn in July for pre-sea­son, which I’m not look­ing for­ward to!

“I could have two years left. Hope­fully next sea­son I will get that No.7 shirt.” RI­CARDO VAZ TE in­sists that West Ham’s pro­mo­tion dream is still alive.

The striker (above) took his tally to seven goals in 12 games since join­ing the Ham­mers from Barns­ley when he struck twice against Birm­ing­ham on Mon­day.

That was enough to sal­vage a 3-3 draw for Sam Al­lardyce’s side – but left them adrift of the top two.

Vaz Te said: “There is no doubt in any­body’s mind – the play­ers or the staff – that we are go­ing up.

“That’s the aim and no­body is run­ning from the re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“Some peo­ple might have a doubt, but we dom­i­nated the game and should have won. We just have to keep im­prov­ing and keep fo­cus­ing on get­ting bet­ter.”

Brighton visit Up­ton Park on Satur­day and Vaz Te is con­vinced the Ham­mers will claim three more points so long as they cut out the de­fen­sive slips.

He said: “There is no doubt that is what we have to do.

“We just need to fo­cus to not leave our­selves too open on the counter where we’ve been vul­ner­a­ble.

“With the rest of the game, we just keep on go­ing, keep the pos­i­tives and im­prove the neg­a­tives. That’s what we have to work on.”

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