Zola plays down Bellamy return

27 February 2009 02:35
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola says his side must concentrate on the game against Manchester City as opposed to Craig Bellamy's return.[LNB] The Hammers welcome City, and former striker Bellamy, to Upton Park on Sunday hoping to secure their first win in five league games.[LNB]Fresh from his brace against FC Copenhagen earlier in the week, the Wales striker will be hoping to steer City towards just their second win on the road.[LNB]Zola, though, despite admitting some uncertainty as to the fans' reaction to Bellamy's return, has told his players they must focus all of their attention on winning the match.[LNB]Reception"I hope he (Bellamy) can have a good reception, but that is not down to me," said Zola.[LNB]"However, it is not my concern. It is important we focus, I focus, on winning the game.[LNB]"He is a big player and he is one of the City players we will have to look after," he added.[LNB]"But I have already spoken a lot about him leaving and now that is that on that subject."[LNB]ReunionZola will be reunited with City boss Mark Hughes whom he played alongside at Wembley when Chelsea won the FA Cup in 1997.[LNB]"It will be a pleasure to see him and shake hands with him again," he said.[LNB]"We were partners - and had a very good partnership together.[LNB]"When we were playing together, he always had the attitude and the qualities to be a manager."[LNB]Disappointed with Wednesday's FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough, the Hammers boss is now focused on getting back to winning ways.[LNB]He said: "We are really dying for it (a win) again, and that is the kind of feeling we must have.[LNB]"We know what we are capable of achieving and will work very hard to make this happen."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports