Bart-Williams in line for starting role
CHRIS Bart-Williams has moved into pole-position for a starting spot in the play-off semi-final against West Ham.Tommy Miller is still struggling with a badly bruised foot and will be in for treatment today while the rest of the squad enjoys a day off.
CHRIS Bart-Williams has moved into pole-position for a starting spot in the play-off semi-final against West Ham, writes Derek Davis.
Tommy Miller is still struggling with a badly bruised foot and will be in for treatment today while the rest of the squad enjoys a day off.
The midfielder, with a dozen goals to his name this season, is expected to join in training tomorrow where he will be further assessed.
Defensive midfielder Bart-Williams has recovered from a back problem and has built his match fitness up with a series of reserve matches of late.
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Blues boss Joe Royle admits Miller is his major concern. He said: "He is still a worry at this stage. On the plus side Chris Bart-Williams is a lot fitter and he would be favourite to start if Tommy doesn't make it.
"He is nowhere near match fit but technique wise he looked fine. We will cram as much training as we can into him and he has a chance of taking part if we were to get to the final."
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The Hammers are hoping to have experienced defender Rufus Brevett back after an injury lay-off providing he comes through a reserve game against Charlton with no ill-effects.
Both teams will be looking for goals with the away goal rule NOT in effect in the play-offs.
If the aggregate scores are level after 90 minutes of the second leg 30 minutes of extra time will be played. There are no golden or silver goals and if the scores remain level penalties will decide the tie.