Craig Confident

Craig Forrest says he has "no fear at all" about playing at Old Trafford this weekend if he is called upon.

He knows that playing there, if Shaka Hislop is not declared fit, will put him under special scrutiny since his last two trips there have yielded 16 goals against.

In an Ipswich shirt he conceded - well, let's be fair, his defence had something to do with it as well - nine goals while a couple of seasons back it was a 7-1 reverse after West Ham had had the temerity to score first.

But a hat trick of hammerings is most definitely not on the canadian's mind should he be involved on sunday.

"It would be nice to play the game and get the monkey off my back because I've had a stuffing in my last two games there.

"I have no fear going there, no. Everbody else picks up zero points there as well.

"It can be done and even last year we got off to a 1-0 start and they hit us with three sucker punches just before the half.

"Up until that point they hadn't really created a lot, though they had a lot of possession.

"I thought we were a little bit unlucky and there finishes were class.

"They are an outstanding side as we know and it's a great challenge for us; we have nothing to lose.

"We can get a result even though we are the major underdogs.

"We'll go there with as much confidence as we can." And as many fans as possible: 9,000 officially...

"That's good because normally we don't have as many up there but it's not so much the support as being about the players on the park doing it.

"Everbody with experience of big crowds away from home is not affected by that.

"Really Old Trafford isn't as loud as you would think, perhaps they have got that Chicago Bulls syndrome where they are so used to winning that the atmosphere inside the stadium drops off a little bit.

"I thought Charlton on monday night was as loud as Old Trafford."

One interested listener to our internet commentary from Old Trafford will be Craig's dad, and he, like you, can hear more from Craig on RealAudio as he also looks back to the Chalton game and reflects on the changing face of West Ham's back line...