West Ham are the visitors to Bolton for a Carling Cup tie with the Hammers yet to record a victory at the Reebok Stadium.
‘We had a willingness, matched with a determination and drive, that meant we kept going all the way to the final whistle.’
An excerpt from Gary Megson’s account of the game against Stoke. Everyone else must have imagined Bolton equalising, then defending for the rest of match and almost conceding in the dying seconds.
Bolton Team News:
Megson has promised to field a strong side. Ricardo Gardner needs games to get to full match fitness and bionic man Ivan Klasnic will start.
Player to watch: Ivan Klasnic
The Croat has made an encouraging start and looks likely to settle in English football.
West Ham Team News:
Guillermo Franco could make his debut. Luis Jimenez and Junior Stanislas are in contention. Valon Behrami is missing through injury as is Matthew Upson, which is just as well. The West Ham centre back was reduced to a gibbering wreck by Kevin Davies, last time the two sides met.
Player to watch: Mark Noble
Could have a fun time, if selected, on the overlap against stationary Sam Ricketts.
Match Facts & Stats
Bolton have won the last three meetings between the sides.