Upson ready to face Bellamy
Matthew Upson is relishing the prospect of facing former West Ham team-mate Craig Bellamy.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 28/02/09 11:52am
Matthew Upson is relishing the prospect of facing former West Ham team-mate Craig Bellamy when the Hammers play Manchester City.
The Welsh hitman signed for the Eastlands club in a £14million move last month and could be in for a rough ride from the Hammers fans when his new club travels to Upton Park for Sunday's Premier League clash.
In-form Bellamy will be looking to recreate his midweek performance where he netted a brace against FC Copenhagen and helped City through to the last 16 of the Uefa Cup.
But his good friend Upson will be looking to mark the 29-year-old out of Sunday's game as ninth-placed West Ham lie just one point ahead of the visitors.
"I'll probably be marking Craig. It will be good to see him," Upson said.
"I'm sure he will get a bit of stick from our fans. Maybe he will be in my ear too but I don't take part in all that.
"He's gone to City and, for all his faults, he has a desire to do well and to win.
"He brings a lot to any team and has already made a big impact in the changing room there, which looks to be quite volatile.
"But it's what he is doing on the pitch that is most important.
"He doesn't care what people say or think. He's old enough now to know what is going to be said about his behaviour."