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James Hanson: We can cause them problems

Dons striker interviewed ahead of big cup clash against West Ham

28 August 2018

James Hanson believes the Dons can make life uncomfortable for West Ham tonight in the Carabao Cup and he would love to mark the occasion with his first AFC Wimbledon goal.

The experienced striker has a track record for big cup nights, having been a part of Bradford teams that have beaten Arsenal, Chelsea, Leeds United and Aston Villa. Of course, James was a part of the Yorkshire club's march to the EFL Cup Final in 2013 and the prospect of creating more cup magic offers a big incentive.

"It is great for the players at lower levels to compete against players from the highest level, so I'm really looking forward to it. I'm sure the rest of the boys are as well. We feel if we can keep the performance levels high, like we have in the last few games, then we can definitely cause them problems.

"We had a game plan at Bradford and the higher level teams are not as physical. You have to stay in the game for as long as you can and if it means running that extra mile or getting men behind the ball that is something you have to do. I am sure our manager will have a plan and hopefully it will work.

"You have to make it as uncomfortable as you possibly can on the night. They haven't started the season greatly so if we can start the first 20 minutes at a high tempo, get in their faces by winning tackles and headers, and a few of them might go under.

"It is a good chance for them as well, they will see it as a chance to kick-start their season. We need to be respectful of them, but we know we can cause them problems. It was an excellent performance against Sunderland, but we let them off the hook and we need to be a bit more ruthless."

James believes he is now getting closer to recapturing the form that terrorised league defences in the past.

"I feel that I've settle in really well here," added James. "My parents came down for the first time at the weekend and my Dad said that it's a nice club and he hopes I stay here for a while! If I can keep building my minutes on the pitch then hopefully I can get fitter and sharper. My running stats on Saturday were the highest since I joined and I felt a lot sharper and fitter. Hopefully I can get on the end of some of the crosses the lads are putting in and put the ball in the back of the net. I've had a joke with my mates that I always score on Sky. I don't want to jinx it, but you never know!"

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