FA Cup preview: No sentiment from Zamora
West Ham striker Bobby Zamora insists there will be no room for sentiment when he faces former club Brighton in the FA Cup third round.
The 25-year-old helped the Seagulls reach the Championship in 2002 following consecutive promotions, and he will catch up with some old friends at Upton Park after the third round clash.
But he will be looking to avoid further cup embarrassment after the Hammers were knocked out of the Carling Cup by Chesterfield - who currently have the same number of points as Brighton in Coca-Cola League One.
Alan Curbishley's side were humbled in their last outing, losing 6-0 at Reading, and are looking to get back to winning ways against Brighton.
'I enjoyed my time there and left on good terms so I would expect to get a nice reception from the supporters,' Zamora said in the Hammers' matchday programme.
'I know a few people who still work there as well - and I am a bit of a face down there - so there will be a fair bit of catching up to do but that's only once the job is done on the pitch.
'It's a game we will be expected to win on paper, but the cup is not always like that, you only have to remember the Chesterfield result to see that. We are at home, though, and will obviously go into the match looking for victory.'
Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd admits that despite his love for the FA Cup he would take Premiership survival ahead of glory at the Millennium Stadium later his year.
The Vicarage Road chief made the admission as his side prepare to begin their cup campaign with a home tie against Coca-Cola League Two club Stockport.
'I love the FA Cup and everything that goes with it, he said '[But] if I were given the chance of winning the FA Cup or staying in the Premiership, I would choose to stay in the Premiership,' admitted Boothroyd.
'Against Stockport, it will be nice to be favourites for once. We are not the underdogs anymore, which we have been for virtually every game this season.
'A different mentality is required, but there is no complacency. Every year there is a scalp and we have to make sure it is not us.'
Reading boss Steve Coppell, whose side face Championship outfit Burnley, looks set to turn to fringe players Adam Federici, Ulises de la Cruz, Sam Sodje, Andre Bikey, John Oster and Shane Long.
He said: 'We have a reasonable-sized squad but there are question marks over one or two players and I have got to find out about them rather than just continue with the core players who play all the time.
'I have got to see the bigger picture of the whole season and it is a patchwork quilt. I have got to spread the load and find out whether people who are here are capable of playing at the level.'
Striker Dave Kitson and winger Bobby Convey, who were both pivotal players in last season's promotion campaign, will also be involved if they can come through the remaining training sessions unscathed.
Wigan manager Paul Jewell is hoping an FA Cup spark will reignite his side's Premiership campaign.
The Latics head to Portsmouth for tomorrow's third-round clash on the back of a five-match losing run that has seen them plummet to 17th in the league table, just four points off the relegation zone.
The game represents a welcome distraction for Jewell and his players, even if it is against a Pompey side flying high under boss Harry Redknapp.
But the Latics are in desperate need of a tonic at Fratton Park, and Jewell has no intention of taking the game lightly simply to concentrate on survival.
'I always believe the more games you win the more confidence can grow,' said Jewell
'We want to go to Portsmouth to win the game and progress to the next round.'
Tottenham travel to Championship club Cardiff on Sunday with assistant manager Chris Hughton's call for resilience ringing in their ears.
Spurs have only won once in the Premiership away from White Hart Lane and Hughton said: 'There is probably a need to go back to what we were doing last season away from home - perhaps we were a little bit tighter as a unit and, once we got on a run, there was a confidence that we wouldn't concede.
'Of course, we know we've got enough quality to score goals with what we've got in the side.
'We do need a bit more resilience about us at the moment.'