Galey's Home Strengths

TONY Gale believes Hammers clash with Newcastle United will be a match to really get the Upton Park crowd going.

On the back of an excellent three points at Everton the former Hammers star is looking forward to the visit of the Magpies and sees no reason why West Ham United's positive run can not continue.

He said: "Newcastle is going to be a tough game. Michael Owen is back to fitness and they've got the likes of Alan Shearer and Emre in there as well.

"But I don't see any reason why we can't get at their weaknesses, which are in the back four.

"Bobby Zamora has found his scoring touch at the moment with three goals in his last three games, and with Teddy out his form is a big plus for the team.

"Bobby's a natural goalscorer and three goals in a row with his right foot is a great return. I think he's also benefited from having Yossi Benayoun playing more in field over these last few games.

"Yossi is one of those players who looks like he's going to make something happen every time he's on the ball. Hopefully, Pards will decide to deploy him in a similar role against Newcastle.

"Carl Fletcher also came in against Everton and did very well. It was tough on Mark Noble, who did great when he came into the side. But the important thing to remember is that Mark is still ver young and as with all young players it's vital to know when to take them out.

"James Collins proved an able replacement for Danny Gabbidon and Hammers fans will get their first chance to see him at Upton Park this season. Many people expected James to start the season, but injuries got in the way.

"He has got his chance now and in a back four that has been performing really well this season I'm sure he'll fit in and do well."

In three tough away games Galey believes Alan Pardew's men have shown resilience as well as quality.

"Birmingham, Blackburn and Everton are tough places to go," he added. "Although the team probably weren't at their best at St Andrews, it's the mark of a team in form when you can still work a result from those kind of games.

"I saw the game at Blackburn and it was a match West Ham really deserved something from. But it was the Everton performance that was really impressive.

"To go to a place like Goodison Park and not only win, but play the kind of football that Hammers did is an incredible achievement. West Ham probably played more good football against Everton than in the other two away games put together.

"It's great when you play so well and win, it gives everyone in the team an extra lift and I'm sure fans will see that reflected in the team on Saturday.

"This promises to be a great home game against Newcastle, one to really excite the fans and a game that should see a fantastic atmosphere inside the Boleyn Ground."