Captain's Blog - A special weekend

Last weekend was a free one as we didn't have a game. As a result, the boys were given a few days off to recharge the batteries and we have all come back physically and mentally fresher.

We are now going into a very important period in which we are going to have to win the majority of our games in order to qualify for Europe. The last two results were disappointing for us and that's why I think the weekend off came at the right time. It was a chance for us to regroup as we look to push on in what we call the business end of the season.

This Saturday, we are in confident mood as we go into the match against a Fulham team needing a win for different reasons to us. Having beaten them not so long ago, we are all focused on doing the double over them and I think playing away from home with the onus on them to attack will suit our game plan.

Our performances away from Upton Park have probably been better and more consistent than those at home for whatever reason and we are hoping for another similar performance this weekend to keep this good record intact. We welcome back into the squad Julien Faubert and Nolberto Solano, just two of several players who have fallen victim to our unfortunate injury list, and possibly Bobby Zamora. He has been firing in the goals for the reserves as he progresses well on the comeback trail.

At the game this weekend we will also be wearing black armbands to honour arguably one of West Ham United and England's greatest players, Bobby Moore. Just the mention of the man's name to anyone associated with West Ham and England, as well as many from Fulham where he also played, brings stories and complimentary remarks about the greatness of the man.

I for one, have the utmost respect for his achievements and it is an honour to wear the captain's armband like he did for West Ham. Bobby was truly one of the greatest. What a great weekend it would be to get a win against Fulham that will not only push us up the table, separating us from the bottom half, and at the same time celebrate the life of a West Ham and England legend.

Thank you in advance to all those who will be going to Craven Cottage tomorrow to cheer us on. Your loyal support is much appreciated and it is up to us to get the win that your support warrants and a victory that will get us back on the European trail.

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