Sunday, September 10, 2006
Tevez and Mascherano on bench, Petrov makes debut
Argentina internationals Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano were both included
on the West Ham bench following their stunning deadline day transfers to Upton
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.