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West Ham’s Cottee: I fear for the Chelsea game on and off the field

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:26 26 October 2016

West Ham legend Tony Cottee

West Ham legend Tony Cottee

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Our West Ham columnist says the police must be there to protect supporters inside the London Stadium

West Ham fans descend on the Olympic Stadium in Stratford for their first home game West Ham fans descend on the Olympic Stadium in Stratford for their first home game

It is Chelsea in the League Cup tonight (Wednesday) and I have to say I am a little fearful both on and off the field for our fortunes.

On the field, we all saw Chelsea thump Manchester United at the weekend, it was a real drubbing and they looked very impressive.

You would hope that they are going to change some of their players for this game, but they have a quality squad and we are going to have to raise our game and be at our very best to get through tonight.

I think more important is what happens off the field.

West Ham United's Winston Reid (second right) celebrates with team mates after scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Premier League match at the London Stadium. West Ham United's Winston Reid (second right) celebrates with team mates after scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Premier League match at the London Stadium.

Whoever is in charge of safety has to get it right. There will be a lot more Chelsea fans coming than there would be for a normal Premier League match and we all know that it is a 20-minute walk between Stratford and the Stadium.

Inside the ground we certainly need plenty of police presence. I don’t understand all this talk about not being able to use walkie-talkies.

What did they do before walkie-talkies? They were still in the ground.

The police have to be there to keep us safe. The last thing we want to be talking about come Thursday is trouble in and around the London Stadium.

Sunderland's Lamine Kone (left) and West Ham United's Pedro Obiang (right) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the London Stadium. Sunderland's Lamine Kone (left) and West Ham United's Pedro Obiang (right) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the London Stadium.

Saturday’s win against struggling Sunderland was an absolutely fantastic result.

The more it went on, the more it looked like being a 0-0 draw, but great credit to the lads for keeping going and getting the three points.

It was a second clean sheet on the trot and that has been the most gratifying thing in the last couple of weeks.

You build your teams from the back and I think the boss is finally getting close to the team he wants.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates with everton fans after scoring Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates with everton fans after scoring

The inclusion of Pedro Obiang seems to have been a vital one. Since he has come into the team, things have looked a lot more solid and he provides great cover for the back four which has really helped.

After the excitement of tonight’s game, which I will be at, I am also off to Everton on Sunday for the Premier League clash.

The Toffees started well, but they have dropped off in form lately and lost at Burnley over the weekend.

They still have the likes of Romelu Lukaku, who always seems to score against us, but I am hoping their surprise drop in form 
continues against us. After that, they can go back to being my second team!

I am predicting tonight’s game to go all the way to pernalties, with a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park. COYI!

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