Side close to form that staved off relegation last season

Coventry City manager Andy Thorn has said he can see signs that his side are close to recapturing the spirit and form that took them from relegation candidates to mid table safety in the last quarter of last season.

Thorn says his players have returned from the international break with "fire in their bellies" and are determined to show West Ham that they are no pushovers.

Thorn will be able to select Bigirimana after his three match  ban as well as Cranie, Wood and Hussey who have all returned from injury, although McSheffrey may miss out after picking up a knock in training.

Thorn said, “I’ve got the place going this week and it is back as it was when we first came in, the way we are zipping it around and training, and it has given me a real good buzz. We have been able to get a few bodies out there and they’re refreshed and come back well.

“We’ve come through a difficult period and the break has done us the world of good because there is a bit of fire in their bellies again and everyone is looking forward to this next group of games.

“We have got a tough period but we’re positive and back to something like I expect us to be. The way we have played this week and what we have done and way we have gone about things reminds me of when we first took over and it has given me a real lift. I have slept well this week because I have not been worried about things, I have just been waiting for this game.

“I pulled the boys in this week and they feel the same. There is a real good standard, we have done a lot of work and got better and better and that’s what happened before. The lads have been getting into each other and everything that happened before so it’s like we have come right back on the bridle again.

"There is certainly an edge and a real fizz about the place, so I can’t wait to get the game started and I am confident we will give a good account of ourselves against a very good team.”