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Football: Roeder is leaving nothing to chance.

Byline: ADRIAN HUMPHRIES

West Ham manager Glenn Roeder has insisted he will take nothing for granted against FA Cup minnows Macclesfield tomorrow - and will field a full-strength line-up to prove it.

Roeder is likely to name an unchanged side from that which lost 3-0 against Leeds on New Year's Day to face the Third Division club at Moss Rose. "It would be disrespectful to our supporters and to Macclesfield," he said.

"We will put out our strongest team available on the day. We are looking forward to the game with Macclesfield to bounce back and get on with life."

The Hammers boss also admitted he still cannot afford to allow certain players a rest after the busy Christmas period finally took its toll at Elland Road in what was the fourth game in ten days for many of his players.

Roeder added: "I have been really pleased with our team in the past month, and losing at Leeds musn't take away from what they achieved through December."

Those achievements included victory at Old Trafford and creditable draws against Arsenal and Liverpool, but Roeder feels his small squad are paying an unfair price for their heroics.

"It is a heavy programme over Christmas, and I agree 100 per cent with Fulham manager Jean Tigana when he said - after his team were beaten 4-0 recently against Tottenham - that he did not have a big enough squad to play four games in ten days.

"I think people have got to understand there is a higher tempo and greater intensity of play now."

Michael Carrick has failed to recover from a knee injury, and John Moncur should continue in midfield.

Manchester United target Paolo Di Canio's hamstring injury has been compounded by a virus, and Jermain Defoe is set to lead the attack alongside Frederic Kanoute.

Australian forward Richard Garcia could feature on the bench again after getting a late run-out at Elland Road.

Ruud van Nistelrooy, who has scored six Premiership goals in as many games, is on the brink of equalling the Premiership record of goals scored in consecutive games and Paddy Power are betting on when his run will end.

The Dutchman, who is chasing the record of seven in as many matches, is 8-11 not to score in his next league match, 15-8 to equal the record and 13-2 to end his run at eight games.

When will Ruud van Nistelrooy's Premiership goalscoring run end? -

Paddy Power: 8-11 at six games, 15-8 at seven games, 13-2 at eight games, 12 at nine games, 25 at ten games, 50 at 11 games, 33 at 12 games or more.
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Date:Jan 5, 2002
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