Paul: Fredi A Huge Loss

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Paul Goddard admits that the continued absence of Fredi Kanoute is a real blow - and that his tricks would have been a treat at Anfield..

"Fredi gives us a different dimension because of his size and his hold up play," says Paul who, with Glenn Roeder, has to come up with a plan of action for a West Ham side travelling to the league leaders without not only Fredi but Paolo Di Canio as well.

That means an even more increased burden of responsibility for Jermain Defoe - and the need to give him the right support.

"Jermain did tremendously well in his two away games but on Sunday he struggled with his game and the service up to him was not as good as it should have been, and we became toothless," he says.

"We fully expected a rousing performance but we didn't get it, and we have to get one at home - quickly.

"We have the cup game against Oldham which is going to be a real tough game - I am sure they will be looking forward to that game.

"We have got to get our act together at Upton Park, that is for sure.

"To do that we need to play with energy, quality, and no kind of fear in your game.

"You have to go out and show our fans how we can play, and we haven't done that apart from the Arsenal game.

"Apart from the last 10 or 15 minutes we didn't have a good spell; we didn't get any sustained pressure on Everton.

"They were solid, did their job, got a goal, and were unfashionably effective."

Paul says he has no problems about how the fans were at the weekend, and adds:

"I have no qualms about the fans whatsoever; they have got the right to voice their opinions about what they see - and what they saw on Sunday is not good enough."

But Paul says the players have to forget the performance against one the Merseyside team to make it up with a rousing one against the other, Liverpool, on Saturday.

"It is a real tough game, but we have got to pick ourselves up for it," he concludes.