Big weekend for loanees

For the second consecutive week, there will be plenty of interest in Saturday's results despite West Ham United not playing until the home match against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night.

The eight Hammers players out on loan at Championship and League One clubs will be looking to continue their good start after they all enjoyed positive results last time out. rounds up who will be in action and where this weekend.

James Tomkins
Tomkins goes into this weekend's Championship match with Derby County on a high after playing a key role in their midweek Carling Cup win over Stoke City.

After his third game in a week, the central defender helped keep a three-pronged Potters attack including Ricardo Fuller and Mamady Sidibe at bay, as the Rams progressed to the semi-finals for the first time since 1968. "I was obviously very tired as it was still only my first few games of the season, but I'm very happy to get to the semi-final.

"It would be nice to stay here for it. I'll sit down with Gianfranco Zola at the end of December when my loan spell finishes and have a look and see whether he wants me, but it would be brilliant to stay here for the game."

Tomkins, whose initial loan spell ends on 31 December, will face London opposition in the Championship this weekend when the 14th placed Rams play host to Crystal Palace at Pride Park.

"Being a London boy myself it's nice to play in London derbies and that's our next game so we just need to focus on that."

Josh Payne
Payne also enjoyed midweek cup success after he was re-called to Cheltenham Town's starting line-up by former Hammer Martin Allen. The Robins twice came from a goal down to beat Morecambe 3-2 in the FA Cup second round.

The 18-year-old, who is in his third month at Whaddon Road, will be hoping to make it eleven league and cup appearances for Allen's side when they host Crewe Alexandra in League One. Cheltenham are currently second from bottom in the table with the visitors one place below.

Junior Stanislas
The attacking midfielder excelled in his first appearance for Southend United, scoring two goals in their 3-1 win against Luton Town in the FA Cup second-round last weekend. Southend now face the tricky-looking task of a trip to table-toppers Leicester City in League One, when the 19-year-old will be hoping to cause an upset with his eleventh-placed team.

Jordan Spence
The England Under-19 defender made his senior debut with a full 90 minutes in the FA Cup for Leyton Orient last Saturday in the memorable 2-1 second-round victory at Bradford City. The 18-year-old's loan team now face a trip to mid-table Northampton Town, when a win would put them level on points with their hosts in League One.

Kyel Reid
The 21-year-old winger marked his first appearance for Blackpool last Saturday by setting up the winning goal in the 2-1 win at home to Plymouth Argyle, which moved the Lancashire side up to 18th in the Championship. Reid and his new team-mates will be hoping for another three points when they welcome 22nd-placed Charlton Athletic.

Nigel Quashie
Promotion-chasing Birmingham City will have the 30-year-old midfielder available for the home game against Watford. Quashie helped the Blues to a credible draw against fellow promotion-chasers Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, and they will be looking to close the six-point gap between the two Midlands clubs at the top of the table with victory against the Hornets.

Jimmy Walker
The 35-year-old got off to a winning start to his spell at Colchester United as they beat Northampton Town 2-1 away. The Essex side, who sit 16th in the League One, will be looking for their third straight win when they play host to Hereford United, who are third from bottom in the table.

Bondz 'Gala
The MK Dons had a week off from first team commitments so the 19-year-old central defender should be fresh and raring to go for the League One home match against Bristol Rovers. 'Gala has made two substitute appearances for Roberto Di Matteo's second-placed side so far.