Upson expects ‘different’ game

West Ham triumphed 3-0 at Upton Park last weekend but Upson knows

that result will have no bearing on their cup game. Stoke have not

lost at the Britannia Stadium this year and their supporters are

amongst the most vociferous in the country. And Upson acknowledges

that revenge will be at the forefront of their minds after last

week’s defeat. “It’s going to be a very different game,” he said.

“They’re going to be really pumped up and come at us. “It’s up to

us to deal with that and, again, be brave on the ball and pass the

ball and move the ball – I’m really looking forward to it.” Stoke

striker John Carew, meanwhile, is aiming to secure a third visit to

Wembley within 12 months. The 31-year-old was part of the Aston

Villa team that were Carling Cup finalists and FA Cup

semi-finalists last year. “The club are one game away from an

appearance at Wembley and to get there would be a fantastic

achievement,” said Carew. “I got there with Aston Villa last

season, so I would love to get there this year – that would be

wonderful. “We’ve got to play West Ham who beat us last weekend but

we can beat anybody at home.” He added: “It is about looking

forward now and I just want to make sure that I keep doing what the

manager and the supporters expect from me.”