Sam Allardyce was a deflated figure on Sunday as his Hammers team spent the best part of ninety minutes pinning Cardiff into their own half before being sucker-punched by a Kenny Miller winner.
We should expect wholesale changes for Tuesday night’s Carling Cup cash against an Aldershot team who triumphed 2-1 at Bradford on the opening day of the season and will certainly have little to lose from going forth and attacking their opponents.
West Ham are still massive favourites at 4/11 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to triumph and this should be a chance for several fringe players to stake a claim for a first team place. Perhaps it is also an occasion where John Carew will make his debut for the London club and William Hill offer 4/1 that the Norwegian opens the scoring.
Carlton Cole is a 4/1 chance (bet365) to break the deadlock and the striker could only gain a place on the bench against the Bluebirds, with captain Kevin Nolan available at 5/1 (William Hill) on offer to score the first goal.
Aldershot can be backed at 8/1 (William Hill – £25 free betting) and there will be no pressure on the League Two side who are now managed by Dean Holdsworth, a progressive young boss who is likely to play Danny Hylton in attack once again.
This young talent opened the scoring at Valley Parade and can be backed at Ladbrokes go 12/1 about him breaking the deadlock, with Over 2.5 Goals on offer at 4/5.