Reo-Coker sits out City clash
By Steve Bramley
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nigel Reo-Coker admits he is frustrated to be missing the clash with Manchester City.
Nigel Reo-Coker admits he is frustrated to be missing Saturday's clash with Manchester City.
The Hammers skipper is serving a one-match ban after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Fulham last week.
"It's going to be really difficult for me to watch the game on Saturday," Reo-Coker told the club's official website.
"I'm not a good watcher and I'll be kicking every ball from the side of the pitch."
The match has added importance following West Ham's 2-1 defeat against Portsmouth on Tuesday.
"It may have been a bit easier had we beaten Portsmouth, but that defeat means that it is now such an important game against Manchester City, and I am so frustrated to be missing it," he added.
Meanwhile, Danny Gabbidon, who returned to the side after a month out with a hamstring injury, said his side were shocked by their failure to defend set-pieces against Pompey.
"We knew Portsmouth would be dangerous at set-pieces, but overall this season we have defended corners and free-kicks quite well, so it was a bit of a shock to give away two free headers - something you can't do at this level," said the defender.
"In normal play, I didn't think they caused us too many problems, but we made it so difficult for ourselves with the goals we let in.
"Things were much better in the second half, but you can't start playing when you are 2-0 down."