Christian: Carry On

Christian Dailly is hoping the home form carries on from where it left off for the first Upton Park game of the new campaign against Reading.

"We had a few results last year at home when it could have gone better but I think by the end of the season we had really put that right so we have to keep it going," he insists.

"It is another tough game, part of a tough week with Wigan on Sunday as well - it has been quite a difficult start.

"But it is our first home fixture and important we try and impose ourselves on the game and continue the way things have been going pre-season.

"We didn't lose a game in pre-season, we didn't on Saturday, and now we are looking to get our first league win.

"They will be full of spirits because they won at the weekend and they are playing against their old manager again.

"There is still a bit of feeling there, it is on TV as well, so it will be a tough one - but we are all used to playing games when there is a bit of pressure and there should be no problem coping with it."

Christian feels that Saturday's draw at Leicester gives a decent platform to build on and adds:

"It is just disappointing that we didn't win the game, but our play was okay and it was a decent enough start.

"The shape of the team and a lot of aspects of it were quite good so we feel quite positive about it.

"We restricted them to outside the box, which is not bad considering they are one of the better teams in the league; we didn't have too many problems at all."

And did he enjoy playing with Teddy Sheringham and Sergei Rebrov?

"They are both going to be quality and important with their goals," he says.

David Connolly, the man that, in effect, Teddy replaced at the club, faced the Hammers in a Foxes shirt of course - was that surreal?

"It was a wee bit but you tend to find that in football quite a bit, that you end up playing with people you have played with before.

"From one point of view it was strange - but he didn't score!"