Paul's Preview

Paul Goddard will see his former Ipswich boss George Burley when the Hammers visit Pride Park at the weekend - and is conscious that his side are greatly improved.

"They have been getting some good results, have really picked up recently, they are all working really hard for each other and I know the atmosphere will be electric.

"George Burley is a very passionate person who loves his football and being around players; they play at a high tempo work and it will be a tough game.

"He has got his ways and mannerisms what he expects; I worked for him for six years or more at Ipswich so I know him quite well, but he is at a new club facing new problems and has his hands full.

"But if we win it will set us up nicely for the Norwich game."

Looking at the win over Palace he says:

"I thought Wednesday was quite a strange game because even though we were 3-0 up the defence was at full stretch because they kept at their guns going forward - but they did make some mistakes at the back.

"I can't remember the last time I was 3-0 up and feeling uncomfortable with the way we were playing.

"We are without Jermain and we have to live with that and get on with it; we will decide whether we keep a third striker or not.

"Richie Garcia has been doing very well in the reserves, he was dangerous at Cardiff, and is desperate for a game.

"Like a few players he has been thrust forward this season; he has had opportunities and he has done well at times but there have been other times when he hasn't done so well.

"Richie does feel he is a striker but he has the ability to play a number of positions which has worked against him."