Seb's In

Alan Pardew is without Kevin Horlock and Matthew Etherington for the visit of Walsall at the weekend, while Sebastien Carole is added to the squad.

Matthew is, of course, suspended for one game, while Kevin Horlock is suffering the after-effects of a heavy challenge in the reserves' win over Chelsea midweek.

On-loan Sebastien helped West Ham to a win over Chelsea with a superb strike in that game, and Alan Pardew says:

"He scored a terrific goal and we had some great performances to get a great result the other night."

Several players with first team experience played in that match, and Alan stresses that he holds great store by what happens in second string games.

"It is a continuation and a reflection of the first team and you want outstanding performances in the reserves to keep up the competition," he says.

"We have to maintain that until the end of the season with everyone challenging for positions."

Steve Lomas and Rob Lee are still not fully fit; Rufus Brevett and Don Hutchison remain on the long term injured list, but are making progress after operations.

SQUAD: Bywater, Srnicek, Mullins, Repka, Melville, Dailly, Harley, Harewood, Carrick, Connolly, Deane, Zamora, Reo-Coker, Nowland, McAnuff, Ferdinand, Carole.