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27/11/2012 22:30, Report by B Hibbs & A Bostock
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Lindegaard wary of West Ham

Anders Lindegaard admits he's been impressed with West Ham United's bright start to life back in the Barclays Premier League.

The variety of playing styles in England's top-flight demand instant adaptation on a game-by-game basis, and Lindegaard is looking forward to facing Sam Allardyce's side should he keep his place ahead of David De Gea. The Dane told ManUtd.com: "Teams like West Ham offer a different kind of challenge for a goalkeeper.

"You have to reset your mind when you play against Barcelona or Arsenal because there's a lot of short passing so you have to be on your toes in and around the box all the time. But when you play against teams like West Ham, Southampton or Stoke for example, you also have to be aware of crosses and set-pieces and get ready in your mind to deal with them.

"Other leagues around the world might look at English football and think it's just a physical game. But I found that it was more physical where I played before, in Norway, where there was little quick play around the box."

The Hammers have earned a place in the top half of the table on merit, by deploying an efficient, dynamic midfield and by looking to the wings to deliver the ball into the box.

"West Ham are playing towards percentages," acknowledges Anders, "and it's a clever way of handling it in their first season after coming back up. They know if they put so many crosses into the box they are going to score so many goals. I imagine coming up as West Ham did from [the Championship], the first year is all just about survival, then you can build on it. I can understand why they've had success with their style and you have to respect that."

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