Gillingham v West Ham: FA Cup third round – live!

05 January 2020 06:01
Updates from the 6.16pm GMT kick-off at Priestfield StadiumMichail Antonio: ‘I’m about to fight a guy, he might have stabbed me’Get in touch! Email Gregg or tweet him 6.01pm GMT “Is that Diop in midfield, or has Moyesy switched to a 3-4-3?” asks Graeme Arthur. “Was at the game on New Year’s Day (brought my two young daughters over from France for their first experience of live football and they get to see a 4-0 thrashing - something I’d never seen in all my years of intermittent attendance!) and my friend Iain opined that Diop in midfield would be a smart move.” I’m guessing it’s a 3-4-3 Graeme though we won’t know for sure until we see them line up. 5.51pm GMT A much-changed Liverpool team has beaten Everton 1-0 at Anfield. You can look in on the reaction to that with Simon Burnton’s minute-by-minute report here … but be sure to come back to me afterwards. 5.38pm GMT It’s the Steve Evans show! PREVIEW | Steve Evans talks us through his team selection ahead of tonight's game with @WestHam.#Gills #InThisTogether 5.23pm GMT Gillingham: Bonham, Fuller, Ogilvie, Tucker, Ehmer, O’Keefe, Jones, O’Connor, Lee, Hanlan, Jakubiak. Subs: Walsh, Hodson, Willock, Pringle, Marshall, Charles-Cook, Ndjoli. West Ham: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Diop, Masuaku, Rice, Snodgrass, Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Haller. Subs: Roberto, Zabaleta, Reid, Sanchez, Fornals, Holland, Ajeti. 12.48pm GMT Hello! Let’s be honest. The reason this is on TV is because at the time the fixtures came out it had potential banana skin written all over it. Since then, Manuel Pellegrini has shuffled through the West Ham exit door to be replaced by David Moyes. The Hammers have enjoyed a 4-0 win over Bournemouth in his sole match in charge since rejoining the club so it is an assignment that doesn’t look as a dangerous now as it did when the draw was made. That’s not to say this will be a cakewalk for the Hammers. They will likely field a rotated starting XI and Moyes’s focus will be on making sure he keeps his squad fit and well to stay clear of any relegation trouble this season.Gills boss Steve Evans has admitted that Moyes’s appointment has hit his side’s chances of a Cup upset. “I loved the draw when it came out,” he said. “West Ham, one of the iconic London clubs, at the Priestfield with the television all over it, because they’ve lost to lower-league clubs in the cups. With Mr Pellegrini in charge I wasn’t sure how much of a priority it would be for them; how strong they’d be. How much he would think they could turn up and win. I wouldn’t know his mindset but I know David Moyes’s. He will want to win and want to progress. He will get them into a disciplined shape, working harder and smarter. I would say 100% West Ham will stay in the Premier League. I doubted that when I left the London Stadium last week.” Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian