West Ham United v Bolton Wanderers, Sat 6 Mar 2010

Published Add your comment

Football News

Midfielder Mark Noble has been ruled out of West Ham's Barclays Premier League home match against Bolton with an arm injury.

Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola has no other fresh problems but striker Benni McCarthy and centre-half Danny Gabbidon are still not match fit after recent injuries and are out of contention for this weekend.

Captain Scott Parker did not feature in the Londoners' last league game - a 3-0 defeat at Manchester United - but he should return to central midfield.

West Ham are lying in 13th place heading into the weekend, only three points above the drop zone, and will meet a Bolton side who are just as desperate for maximum points as the relegation scrap hots up.

"I think three points tomorrow are important because not only are you getting three points for yourself, but you are also denying the opposition, who are more or less in the same position as us, three points," Zola said.

"For that reason, it's a massive, massive game.

"For me, on paper Bolton's not an easy game because they always have done very well against us. But tomorrow is another story.

"They are trying to play differently (under new boss Owen Coyle) and we will see what happens. I am determined to break that bad tradition we have against them."

Midfielder Stuart Holden joined Bolton's lengthening injury list this week as boss Owen Coyle now has seven players in the treatment room.

Holden fractured his right fibula on international duty with the United States in a 2-1 friendly defeat to Holland on Wednesday and is now out for the next six weeks.

Coyle is also without Mark Davies, Gavin McCann, Chris Basham, Joey O'Brien, Sean Davis and Gary Cahill.

Ahead of the game at Upton Park, with the club now searching for their first away win since the end of September, defender Paul Robinson is convinced Coyle will lead them to safety.

"I firmly believe we've enough here to stay up, and I'm an honest player. I'm not just saying that," remarked Robinson.

"To get out of the bottom three has been a massive psychological boost for us, a big plus.

"It's been a living hell being down there because we know we've been playing well, but the results haven't been going our way.

"Now the three points we won on Saturday will give us a great boost going into the weekend."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Bolton Wanderers
Premier League
Mark Noble
West Ham United

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again