West Ham Round Up
West Ham's elimination from the FA Cup has had the benefit of giving the team a week's rest. Mark Noble will relish the opportunity more than most. Noble played for England Under 21's before last week's Birmingham game and then had to withdraw from the team shortly before kick-off.
"It wasn't a pulled hamstring, it was a little bit of fatigue over the last week or so that I have been feeling," said the West Ham midfielder.
"The manager said 'don't risk it, it is better to miss one game than miss four'. I just took a decision to rest it and I will be back for the next game I am sure. You need the little breaks. I can rest the hamstring and I will be fully fit for Fulham."
West Ham Under 18's take on the leaders of their league group, Southampton today. Freddie Sears, who has scored eight goals in his last five appearances, could play an important factor in the result.
Perpetually 'linked with West Ham' Nicky Shorey seems to have once again stalled in his contract negotiations with Reading. Therefore most of the papers are dusting down their tired old lines about 'West Ham keeping a close eye' on proceedings'.