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Sunderland v West Ham Preview

Just a quickie for the game later today.  I really hope we can take the confidence of Tuesday night's match into this one. The fact we have already won up there this season with a cracking performance in the Carling Cup should give us further belief.

Team selection is an interesting one after some of the lads stepped up so well on Tuesday.  I'd still make a couple of changes…


Gabbidon – Upson – Tomkins – Jacobsen

Stanislas – Spector – Parker – Barrera

Cole – Obinna

Bench: Boffin, Faubert, Kovac, Piquoinne, Dyer, Reid and Hines

Spector certainly deserves another start after Tuesday, with a role asking Parker to hold back a little bit.  The advantage here is that if Parker does get forward, Spector is also very capable of doing his defensive duties.  Hope to see the more confident Carlton Cole rather than the sulky one who has been lolloping around the pitch until Tuesday's sparkling performance.

Prediction – a hard fought 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light.

We are lvie on Sky from 4pm.  Come on you Irons!!!

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