Alan: Set The Standard

Alan Pardew is demanding a good display at Upton Park from his players against Anderlecht - to set the tone for the home form this season.

"I have brought in three new faces and it will be nice for the fans to see them for the first time," he says.  "We are playing quality opposition so I think it will be a good game.

"They won the Belgian League, which is a tough one, and are in the Champions' League, so we are going to have a real test on our hands.

"I expect us to give a good show. We haven't been beaten in the pre-season games yet so, of course, we want to continue that."

Alan Pardew will be giving home debuts to recent signings Teddy Sheringham and Sergei Rebrov, of course and, while Teddy has played twice in pre-season, it will be Sergei's first game for the Hammers.

Alan acknowledges that 'Serge' has a real affection for West Ham United and

"Hopefully that will be reflected in his displays for us.

"He is determined to do well and he has a feeling for the Club, which is always important."

Alan is pleased with his players' pre-season work and adds:

"Our levels are really high, we are pleased with that, and we have got Lomey, Hutch, and Bobby with annoying little injuries - but their levels are high anyway.

"We are well set and hopefully we can get through Saturday without losing a player to injury."

While the Anderlecht game is unlikely to have the drama of the last game at Upton Park, the Play-Off semi-final against Ipswich, Alan still sees a good result as vital.

"It was a fantastic night against Ipswich but unfortunately we couldn't repeat the performance in the final.

"We had a strong finish to the season at home and we have got to continue that this year.

"We need a really good record at home - so it will be important to get off on the right foot on Saturday."