West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has revealed that there “won’t be too many changes” for their FA Cup clash at Everton tonight.
“It’s not possible to play the best team each game due to fatigue levels, but, we’ve had four or five days rest which has helped so we can play a strong team,”Allardyce insisted.
The Hammers will be without Cheikhou Koyate and Diafra Sakho (Senegal) as well as Alex Song (Cameroon) who have left for the African Cup of Nations, while, James Tomkins (ankle) faces a late fitness test.
“Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan will play a big part, Ricardo Vaz Te might get an opportunity and Matt Jarvis will get a few games soon.
“We will play the strongest team available”.
Alladyce’s side are performing above all expectations in the league so far, sitting in seventh, but, are currently winless in three.
A 1-1 draw at West Brom followed back-to-back defeats to London rivals Arsenal (2-1) and Chelsea (2-0).
Roberto Martinez’s men are in a similar slump, losing four on the trot, away at Hull (2-0), Newcastle (3-2), Stoke at home (1-0) and Southampton (3-0).
Martinez has rubbished claims that his job is on the line.
“The truth is I feel under the same pressure when we win and when we lose because I always look forward,” Martinez said.
“My vision is to create a team that can become a winning team. Losing games forces you to try and find solutions and to look inside in a different way than when you win.”