This afternoon should be eventful one way or another. I suspect we will either put on a vintage performnce or get completely tonked. Let’s hope it is the former. I worry about the reaction to Paul Ince. Ince has done his best to defuse the situation in the morning papers, but even though he has admitted he made a big mistake, I don’t detect any mood of forgiveness among West Ham fans. I just hope that people do not go over the top.
Alan Curbishley has a few options this afternoon, but I don’t expect him to make too many changes to the starting eleven. I suspect Lucas Neill may move to central defence with George McCartney making a welcome return to left back. In midfield I think Lee Bowyer may well come in for Mark Noble. Kyel Reid has made a case for a starting place on the left but I reckon he will stick with Matty Etherington. Up front, Cole and Ashton will start, with Bellamy hopefully fit enough to make the bench.