The game comes too early for Carew and Cole is now, apparently, up to speed after carrying an injury through pre season. Doctor Evil has spoken positively about Carlton so it seems probable that he will now use him as a starter after his promising showing as a second half sub at Doncaster.
The Watford game is fraught with dangers, not least because the Hornets have become something of a bogey team of late. The last three games between the two clubs have ended in shock 1-0 reverses for the Hammers. In 2008, Zola picked a bloody stupid team for a League Cup clash, with stand in keeper Lastuvka and Mullins combining to give victory to Watford on a plate. Up front we were lightweight and toothless with Di Michele and Sears interchanging and Etherington, absurdly, playing on the right. The other notable perverse selection was the inclusion of an obviously over weight Walter Lopez at left back. Ludicrous!
Before that, we lost two back to back home games 1-0, one in the Cup and one in the Prem, in the Great Escape season. Watford finished bottom of the Prem that season and were pretty hopeless all year. Mind you, we only drew the game at Vicarage Road 1-1, with Pardew picking an absurd team wiith three centre backs!
So, our last four games against Watford have yielded just one goal! It's time to set the record straight!