Tevez and Mascherano on bench, Petrov makes debut

September 10, 2006

Argentina internationals Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano were both included on the West Ham bench following their stunning deadline day transfers to Upton Park.

Manager Alan Pardew had concerns over their match fitness and resisted the temptation to thrust them both straight into Barclays Premiership action.

Roy Carroll shook off a groin injury to start in the West Ham goal and Tyrone Mears came in for John Panstil at right back.

Villa boss Martin O'Neill made two changes from the 2-0 win over Newcastle and awarded new £6.5million signing Stilian Petrov his debut in midfield.