Tony's Preview

After the excitement of events at Charlton last Monday, Tony Gale thinks West Ham will be involved in another attractive game against Spurs at the weekend.

"I anticipate an open game," he says, "Spurs are a good side without a doubt and it will be interesting to see what system Glenn Roeder goes for as he knows Glenn Hoddle plays with a sweeper.

"Whatever he does, he is going to have to pack the midfield because that is their strength.

"I think it will be like the Charlton game and there will be goals - the defending was erratic at best in that game and there are going to be problems on Saturday because Spurs are very good on set pieces.

"The lads have got to attack the ball a lot better and defend more responsibly, individually as well as a team. It is important how we defend because we look like we are going to concede on any free-kick, corner, or long throw.

"Monday was a bit of a defensive nightmare and more like a cricket score but it was a great spectacle, pure entertainment, and great to see Paul Kitson back grabbing the chance with both hands.

"Everybody knows he is quite a fit lad, not one of those that is prone to putting on weight, and this season he has been injury free.

"Sometimes we all wondered why he wasn't put back in the side last season but sometimes a manager fancies you and sometimes he doesn't.

"Clearly he was out of favour, but having him available gives an alternative and keeps putting the pressure on the other strikers.

"Glenn might have a problem and think 'should I play Fredi and Paul together?' which gives other players problems that have felt assured of their places.

"It gives him a chance to play with the system now that there is competition for places with Joe Cole and Steve Lomas back as well - it is something healthy because we haven't had competition for a while, having been down to the bare bones."

As for Jermain Defoe's performance at The Valley, he says: "He took his chance brilliantly, like a kid who hasn't got a care in the world, that hasn't got anything to lose.

"There was a bit of hype about Jermain going back to Charlton and you have to accept it when going back to a club - but it was water off a duck's back to him, as it should be to professional footballers.

"Glenn might be worried that he is a bit underdeveloped physically, though, which is why he is not starting games."