Curbs ready for Watford challenge

Alan Curbishley insists the Hammers have recovered from their disappointing FA Cup defeat to Watford two weeks ago and are raring to go ahead of tomorrow's decisive Premiership encounter.

"Watford play a certain way and we know what we will have to do to combat that," said Curbs. "They will make it very tough for us - that is for sure - but we will be ready for the challenge."

"I still believe the cup game was a match we should have won. We were the home side and fully expected to go through but, after conceding a poor goal just before half-time, our initial control of the game was undone.

"We had some good chances in front of goal but didn't take them. Once again we had to attempt to come from behind, but Watford managed to hold out. We certainly need a different story this time around.

"The cup game will have no bearing on tomorrow's match, though. No disrespect to Watford, but the only factor is that the players will know exactly what to expect."

Following weeks of injury woe, Curbs has been given some positive news from the treatment room ahead of tomorrow's match.

He revealed: "Anton Ferdinand has now had six days of training, and we are confident that he will now be ready to come back in.

"Lucas Neill has also been running this week, and is a very tough character anyway, so he has got a chance of making it, while Carlos Tevez has also trained this week and will be in my plans.

"Carlton Cole missed the game at Aston Villa with a slight calf injury too, but he is available again now, so we have had some good news on the injury front this week."