Repka Misses Two

Secretary Peter Barnes has confirmed that Tomas Repka will miss the games against Ipswich and Fulham as a result of his sending off at Blackburn.

He explains:"Although he was sent off for a second bookable offence at Ewood Park, just as he was at Middlesbrough - after which he got a one match ban -  because this is his second sending off, he receives two games."

If he were to be sent off a third time for two bookable offences, he would receive a three match ban.

Had he received a straight red card on Sunday for, say, violent conduct, the yellow card he got earlier in the game would have still counted against him and he would have got a three match ban.

Richard Garcia will miss the next reserve game after Spurs following a recent sending off for two bookable offences.

This season, reserve team suspensions do not carry through to the first team and vice versa.

* West Ham's 7-1 defeat on Sunday was their joint heaviest in the Premiership, the other being at Old Trafford in January 2000.

Bigger margin losses have been endured in the form of three 7-0 defeats: to Barnsley in 1919, Everton in 1927 and Sheffield Wednesday in 1959.

On Boxing Day 1963 the Hammers conceded eight goals in a match, losing 8-2 against...Blackburn.