By Saikat Mandal

11th Mar, 2022 | 1:30pm

West Ham defender Ben Johnson expects to play in second leg v Sevilla

West Ham defender Ben Johnson has suggested that he hopes to play in the second leg of the Europa League next week.

The Hammers lost 1-0 in the first leg away from home on Thursday (10 March) but they will be confident of overturning the deficit.

The 22-year-old played the entire 90 minutes and did really well. He has also thanked the travelling fans for their support.

Johnson said, as quoted by Newham Recorder: “When the season began, I certainly didn’t expect to be involved in the Europa League so this has all been a great experience for me and I hope that I’ll be playing next Thursday.

“Our travelling fans did a great job supporting us tonight. And now they can really spur us on in the second leg back in our own stadium, too.”

Massive game

This has been a breakthrough season for the young defender.

He has admitted that he didn’t expect at the start of the season that he will be playing in the Europa League.

However, he has been brilliant and has hardly put any foot wrong.

He has managed 14 appearances in the Premier League, and has made nine further appearances in cup competitions.

Johnson has mostly played as a right-back but he has also been used in the left-back role.

He was outstanding against Sevilla, managing three tackles and four clearances, as per Who Scored.

The Hammers have lost three games in a row in all competitions, but they have been really unlucky in their recent games.

They will face Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday (13 March) where they must return to winning ways to keep their hopes alive for a place in the top four.

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