I hate to say it, but if ever a game should be disregarded and defeat accepted, tonight's FA Cup replay is that game. The chances of us getting a result are remote anyway, and the risks involved in picking a full strength team are immense. We are down to the bare bones at the back and must not gamble on picking up any more injuries ahead of a vital game at the weekend.
Many West Ham fans have yet to wake up to the potential trouble ahead, but defeat against QPR accompanied by a Villa victory at the weekend would bring a relegation tussle sharply into focus. Easy points are running out, and a meeting with 'Arry's reinvigorated Hoops is very far from easy.
We all know how 'Arry likes to put one over on us, and victories over his teams since his departure have been few and far between. Add to that the fact that we don't keep clean sheets, whilst 'Arry's back four are now as tight as a duck's arse, and QPR must go into the game as slight favourites. If they start Remy and Wright-Phillips, we could be in big trouble, the one because he will be looking to get off to a flyer, and the other because he scores goals at Upton Park for fun - even with headers! With coupon prices already published, the smart money will be on a QPR win.
And should that happen, the pressure will intensify.
We cannot afford any more injuries to defenders. Reid and Tomkins should, in my opinion, be kept out of the firing line, and so should Demel. What would that leave as a back four? Diarra, Spence, Potts and A N Other! God help us, but who cares?