Don In The Right Mood

Don Hutchison says he has no problems playing on the right side of midfield for the Hammers.

With Joe Cole and Michael Carrick or John Moncur currently holding down the two central midfield positions, Don has been playing on the right, allowing Trevor Sinclair to switch to the left.

Don doesn't mind, and says: "I play wherever the gaffer asks me to play. I was very fortunate that he made me captain for a few games, which I really enjoy.

"He is the boss and we play wherever he tells us. I know the role of centre midfield really well and know what the two boys in there would expect, and if they got in trouble I can always try and cover them."

He was just happy to be on the pitch at all on Saturday, after receiving seven stitches to a gash just above the knee that he picked up at Macclesfield six days earlier.

"I hadn't trained all week so I was just glad to be fit to play," he explains. "There was a lot of swelling around it and I couldn't bend my knee.

"It always physical against Harry Bassett's teams. He likes to go direct and good luck to them, I hope they stay up, but I think we deserved the win in the end."

Next up is a trip to Stamford Bridge, and Don says: "It is Chelsea next, maybe twice in two weeks, and they drew against Bolton on Saturday which shows they are an up and down side, so hopefully we can turn them over.

"We played them in October and beat them 2-1 - hopefully we will win again.

"We have just got to start another run, get five or six games going, and take it from there."