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Baldock set for starting role

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 September 2011

MILLWALL v WEST HAM UTD  - nPOWER CHAMPIONSHIP - 17/09/2011 - PICTURE BY STEVE BACON

MILLWALL v WEST HAM UTD - nPOWER CHAMPIONSHIP - 17/09/2011 - PICTURE BY STEVE BACON

STEVE BACON

Hammers striker set to make full debut while defender given a lifeline

West Ham striker Sam Baldock is set to make his full debut for the Hammers on Saturday in their Championship clash with Peterborough at Upton Park.

The 22-year-old striker was introduced from the bench against Millwall last weekend, and looked lively playing alongside Carlton Cole.

And it seems that Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is willing to change his formation to 4-4-2 to be more attacking at home against The Posh.

However, the inclusion of an extra striker will result in one less midfielder, with Henri Lansbury and Mark Noble fighting it out for a starting place alongside Matt Taylor, captain Kevin Nolan and David Bentley, who is set to start his first game for the club at the expense of Julien Faubert.

Meanwhile, Herita Ilunga has been handed a lifeline by the club after he played 90 minutes in the Development Squad’s 1-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic on Tuesday 
afternoon.

Having been omitted from the team photo and with Australian left back David Carney on trial, it looked like the Congo international was on his way out of the club.

However, with Carney not expected to earn a contract, it seems Ilunga will be George McCartney’s back-up.

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