After a rushed International Break in midweek, we return to the Premiership, this time it's a trip down to London to face West Ham again. As you may recall, I was at the Reebok for the home fixture and enjoyed myself thoroughly, as Bolton were pretty dominant the whole time. However the trip to Upton Park may be a different prospect entirely.
West Ham have gone through something of a resurgence since we last met. they haven't lost at home since January 3rd, and that was to Arsenal. Added to that fact Bolton haven't won on the road since September (I think a little piece of me died when I wrote that). The team really needs to come together and gel if they hope to beat an improved West Ham side, who lest we forget are once again aided by England striker Carlton Cole.
Our injured list, unfortunately had another added to it's ranks by the International friendlies. Stuart Holden was taken out in Amsterdam by a horrorshow tackle from Manchester City's Nigel De Jong (video at the U.S. World Cup Blog). I'm fairly displeased by this, and of course there is the issue of his World Cup chances (though I still think he'll make it).
I reckon a similar side to our victory at Wolves will go out (obviously sans Holden), and I have high hopes for this game. It will by no means be easy but we need to get at least a point out of it. Sorry this was all a bit rushed but I'm off to go support a friend at her football match! Til the match report.