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Last April, a Charlton team which was to scrape to safety in the Championship were taken apart by play-off bound Brighton 3-0 at the Amex Stadium.

This Charlton side, despite again being under the cosh for large periods of the game, are made of sterner stuff.

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Midnight Heat will make their first appearance as Wapping Hockey Club's new cheer leading squad this weekend.


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West Ham v Southampton
Kick off: Saturday, 3pm
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Odds: West Ham: 9/5; Southampton: 7/4; Draw: 5/2
History of meetings: West Ham won - 72; Southampton won - 45; Draw - 45

It's been five games since the Hammers have lost against the Saints but Saturday's fixture promises to be tough for the east Londoners.

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When competitions like the Capital One Cup come around, youngsters and academy players have the perfect opportunity to impress.

But for West Ham defender Reece Burke it also offered the chance to finally put to bed a nightmare debut disaster against Nottingham Forest.

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by Ian Toal

We would have liked the optimism of the new season to have lasted a bit longer, but Rotherham did a good job on us last Saturday and we could have no complaints about the result, only about the poor performance.

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Sam Allardyce's West Ham side went crashing out of the Capital One Cup at the first hurdle after they were beaten on penalties by Sheffield United.

The manager said despite a good performance, he was mightily disappointed with the result, while also heaping praise on the visitors goalkeeper Mark Howard.

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Sam Allardyce's West Ham suffered a shock, as they were beaten on penalties by Sheffield United after the game ended in a 1-1 draw, writes Jack Pinnock.

In a game dubbed 'The Carlos Tevez match', after the 2006/2007 events which lead to the Hammers' favourite completing the great escape and sending Sheffield United down - but ultimately costing the Londoners £25m - the League One side were looking for revenge.

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Memories of 2012 will come flooding back this weekend as National Paralympic Day comes to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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Impressive striker Mauro Zarate adds a much-needed extra ingredient to the West Ham side, according to James Tomkins.

The defender said new signings Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Creswell and Zarate have all made significant contributions already, but picked out the Argentine striker for his performance in Saturday's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, writes Jack Pinnock.

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West Ham's wait for their first win of the season didn't take long as the Hammers run out 3-1 winners against managerless Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

On the back of last week's devastating defeat at the hands of rivals Tottenham Hotspur, the Hammers settled their second London derby game in style, with Mauro Zarate stealing the show with an outstanding performance on his full debut.

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West Ham claimed their first points of the season after defeating Crystal Palace 3-1 with a fine display at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

After a heartbreaking loss at the hands of rivals Tottenham Hotspur last week, the Hammers were looking to bounce back.

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Football stars of Charlton and West Ham, including Hammers boss Sam Allardyce got a soaking this week.

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The Ebor meeting is the last of the truly big summer racing festivals, writes Paul Kealy. And where better to hold it than at York, one of the finest courses in Britain?

Fan's Roar: Millwall enjoying life unbeaten

By Rob Virtue on August 20, 2014 7:13 AM |

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by Ian Toal

Millwall's great start to the season continued with our first away win of the season at Craven Cottage on Saturday. A massive away following of something like 6,000 witnessed a 1-0 win, as we kept out third clean sheet of the season and Martyn Woolford got the winner.

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Charlton's Bob Peeters praised his strikers as Addicks won their second game in a row at home in the 3-2 victory over Derby.

The Addicks' manager was also delighted with his side's start to the season, which has seen them with two wins and a draw.

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