And I hope that nobody is sitting around thinking it’s all a bit of a formality because after last week’s shocking defeat at home against Villa Sunderland will be doing everything they can to produce a serious reaction.
And Dick Advocaat – the new man in charge up there is no mug. He will have moved fast to install exactly the right attitude of mind.
Gus Poyet hadn’t look like a man who wanted to be at the Stadium of Light for several weeks to me. His body language was all wrong but there will be plenty coming out of the home dug-out tomorrow.
The Irons however are a top team on their day although that day does seem to have been some to have been some time ago. We are – as they say, – long overdue and I’m expecting a 2-0 win.
I think Sunderland will come and park the bus but we have the capability to break that down if we can get the full backs forward and really slide in the likes of Sakho and probably Cole!
The Hammers have been under a cloud for too long and I’ve heard it suggested this may be down to the non stop talk of Sam Allardyce being discussed in the past tense.
Listen, that won’t affect the players one little bit. Watford have had four changes of manager and are top of the Championship.
Players don’t care who they play for – Sam Allardyce or anyone else – so long as they are playing. Mind you they can use it as an excuse for losing – don’t worry about that!
As I said, we need to get back to what we do best and win this game. If we manage that the confidence could come flooding back.
It’ll be a difficult one but it’s a must win affair and 2-0 to the Irons sounds about right.