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Football: Curbishley aims to lay the ghost of 'Baby Bentley'.

West ham boss Alan Curbishley has shown his squad a recording of last season's thrashing at Reading as he looks to lay the ghost of the "Baby Bentley" to rest. Losing 6-0 on New Year's Day was the lowest point of last season for Curbishley, one of the darkest days of his career, and despite their remarkable escape, the misery at the Madejski Stadium still lingers.

Curbishley famously said that it was Reading who wanted to be in the Premier League and "drive the Baby Bentley" and although he insists he was merely praising Steve Coppell's side, it was widely interpreted as an accusation that his own players were getting carried away with one successful season in the Premier League.

The Hammers will have a different look this season, with Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Marlon Harewood and Paul Konchesky leaving over the summer, while Christian Dailly and Danny Gabbidon have not started a Premier League game this season.

Striker Dean Ashton is back in the squad after missing the midweek win against Bristol Rovers as his partner had gone into labour.

Reading are set to welcome back defenders Graeme Murty (hamstring) and Nicky Shorey (knee).
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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