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West Ham turn to face the real tests

Well, there was not much surprise about the result yesterday, though it was tinged with some frustration as there were certainly times in the game yesterday when we could have at least have got a point from the game.  Diamanti's missed penalty and Cole's shaving of the post were both missed opportunities and in the end, Arsenal's class gave them the points they probably just about deserved.

In terms of the team, I hope we go out with more strength on Tuesday night against Wolves.  Cole and Mccarthy must be the goal threat to start with and Parker will presumably be re-instated.  For me this would be at the expense of Stanislas.  In spite of having one of his better games, I would put Stan on the bench and keep Diamanti in, it's his creativity that the front two will feed off.

So, Zola has rested and chopped and changed in our two 'no pointers' against Chelsea and Arsenal, now he has to make sure we are settled and ready for the two six pointers on Tuesday and Saturday.  Beating Wolves would put us in a more relaxed mode for Stoke on saturday and give a 6 point gap between us and the bottom.  It's a big one and we have to get right behind the Hammers for it, fingers crossed….

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