The next three games against Everton, Portsmouth and Sunderland could show whether this season is going to turn into one of deep worry for West Ham fans. After the last few games, where we have picked up only a single point, there are concerns that we are slipping down the table rather too quickly for comfort. However, there have been signs that the team is slowly coming to terms with the new formation and new style of play introduced by Gianfranco Zola.
The very mention of Everton will send a shiver down the spines of all those who remember the two home matches we played against them last season, especially the Cup game. But we often do very well against them. We will still have a makeshift lineup this afternoon, but Parker is fit again and will come to replace Collison, I imagine. Bellamy and Sears will continue up front because there is no one else available.
Behrami is still out so Neill will play right back with Faubert again reverting to a wide right role.
Sadly I can’t go this afternoon as I’m going to the theatre in Hastings tonight and wouldn’t get there in time. We’re going to see the TV medium Sally Morgan… best leave it there.