JAMES COLLINS says he felt 'unwanted' by West Ham after his £5m move to Aston Villa.
GIANFRANCO ZOLA's side head North this weekend to take on Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.
West Ham's reserves hit their Birmingham City counterparts for six tonight, in a match that saw the return of Valon Behrami, as well as the debuts of four new signings.
After becoming everyone’s second favourite team en route to the FA Cup Final last May with a refreshing brand of young, energetic and powerful football, West Ham are defying pundits for the second season on the spin, only this time for all the wrong reasons.
If you were survey a thousand West Ham fans and ask which team they dislike most; the strong likelihood would be they consisted and made a top three, in varying degrees of order, of Millwall, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
So the first away defeat has arrived. It’s a couple of weeks late, even the most ardent West Ham supporter would surely agree, having stolen a point at the Stadium of Light with Yossi Benayoun playing the ‘get out of jail’ card perfectly with a classy finish.
Maybe two weeks ago, Sunderland away was a fixture that most West Ham fans looked forward to, given the Black Cat’s start to the season. How wrong they were. Everything we have had to be positive about this season disappeared at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon. If I were Sunderland fan today, I would feel sick.
In a cartoon brawl, arms and legs flail everywhere, and only occasionally a face you recognise pops out from the hurricane of dust.