Zola promises strong side for 'heated' Millwall tie
Tuesday 25 August 2009
The West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola insists he cannot afford to rest players for tonight's Carling Cup match against local rivals Millwall while the club works on targeting signings.
Zola's only available senior frontline striker is Carlton Cole, with technical director Gianluca Nani and chief executive Scott Duxbury looking to add at least one more forward before the transfer window closes.
Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh has "rejected" a move to Upton Park but the deal is still being worked on, while Lazio's Goran Pandev and Livorno's Alessandro Diamanti have been linked with the Hammers
For now, Zola is short on numbers ahead of what he expects to be a hostile atmosphere when they face Millwall at Upton Park. "If I rest players, I've got nobody to play with," he said. "I don't think we're in a position where we can rest many players. We will try to present a team that can do the job."
A heavy police presence is anticipated for the second-round tie between the bitter rivals. "I don't have a background in the match, but they tell me it's a game that they have suggested I don't come to by walking to the stadium," Zola joked. "It's going to be, obviously, a very heated game. We are ready, we are professional, we care about the competition and we'll try to do our best."
Latest in Sport
Manchester United transfer news and rumours: David De Gea could leave for FREE; £38m for Marquinhos; £37m bid for Mats Hummels;
Danny Ings to Liverpool: The Reds attempt to steal a march on rivals in race to sign Burnley striker
Transfer news live: Juan Cuadrado Chelsea move confirmed; Louis van Gaal says Darren Fletcher will join West Ham
Kim Sears 'swearing' outburst threatens to overshadow Andy Murray's Australian Open semi-final win
Kim Sears: Andy Murray defends fiancée's for outburst after a bad-tempered march to final
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 2 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 4 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 5 Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account