Cole has been dropped for opening his gob and criticising Grant, but that apart, this could be a Zola team. Tomkins returns and I'm not complaining about that. Gabbidon has been poor at centre half and Ilunga even worse at left back. The Welshman aint a lot oof use at left back it is true but he has to be an improvement on Rita. Oh for the option of Daprela! Actually, if Zola was back, Spector would be at left back!
Behrami returns to partner Parker, though how fit both are is a concern. Nevertheless, it is the right centre midfield combo given the absence of Noble, Collison, Dyer and Der Hammered. I have no complaints about the inclusion of Barerra but it looks like Stanislas has been picked to play on the left again! God help us! One he can't cross off his left foot and two he will offer NO defensive protection for Gabbidon. If I am Martinez, I'm sending everything down our left!
Up front, Cole has talked himself onto the bench even though Obinna has been crap in recent weeks. Still, at least it shows Grant is tough. He may be stupid tactically too, but he is tough. Zola was stupid tactically and weak!
Stanislas offers a goal threat I suppose and Hines is on the bench! As are Kovac, McBenni and Boa! If you judge the strength of a team by the bench, we are in trouble!
This is a must win game. What odds a draw?