West Ham midfielder misses West Brom trip

16:22 24 April 2014

West Ham United

West Ham United's Marco Borriello (left), Matthew Taylor (centre) and Mark Noble (right) celebrate at the end of the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham.

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hammers Matt Taylor will not travel to The Hawthorns because of a family illness

Matt Taylor, West Ham UnitedMatt Taylor, West Ham United

West Ham midfielder Matt Taylor will miss the trip to West Brom tomorrow (Saturday) because of a family illness.

The 32-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, was hoping to win his place back in the centre of midfield at The Hawthorns, but manager Sam Allardyce confirmed that he would not be in the squad.

“The squad is pretty much fully fit, but unfortunately Matt Taylor’s daughter is pretty ill at the moment so I don’t think he will be available,” he said.

“He needs to look after her at the minute, so we hope everything in that department is going to be ok.”

The Hammers are looking to halt a run of three consecutive defeats, though Allardyce believes that safety is all but assured already.

“We’ve always had the 40-point mark on our mind to be absolutely certain and probably 38,” he said.

“You never know, after the weekend it might be enough already.

“The realistic fact for us is to go and get some points against West Brom like we’ve tried so hard to get in the last three games and failed.

“We haven’t failed by performance,” he insisted. “We have failed by individual errors and of course certain errors by the officials have cost us too.”

Allardyce may well opt to shuffle his pack on Saturday with George McCartney returning to left back and Guy Demel having recovered from illness, returning to right back.

Antonio Nocerino will be hoping for another start, while the manager may also return Matt Taylor to the middle of the park.

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 15:00
Redden Court pupils got to take part in the second annual Schools' Festival at the Lee Valley VeloPark this week

Pupils enjoy Schools’ Cycling Festival at Lee Valley

Yesterday, 15:00
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch boss says both teams have exciting frontmen ahead of league clash

Yesterday, 12:00
Marshalls Park's year eights have started the new season well, following a success summer tour to Valencia

Essex Cup: Marshalls Park 4 Great Baddow 3 (aet)

Yesterday, 09:30
Matt McClure of Dagenham and Ryan Tafazolli of Mansfield Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Striker disappointed after Daggers blow two goal lead to lose

Adrian, West Ham United goalkeeper

Hammers star Adrian is celebrating his new contract at Upton Park and looking to the future

Yesterday, 08:00
Marek Nahlik netted for London Raiders in their loss at MK Thunder (pic: John Scott)

National League: MK Thunder 6 London Raiders 2

Yesterday, 07:32
Latest news from the netball court (pic: Graham Hodges)

Mixed fortunes for netball squads

Mon, 16:30
Hornchurch fans celebrate (pic: George Philipou/TGSPHOTO)

Latest news from the Hornchurch Supporters’ Association

Most read sport

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

You won't need to fork out for groceries for a while!

Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets, prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here!

Digital Edition

Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder