Belfast Telegraph

Cole aims to stay among the goals

Carlton Cole has vowed to continue scoring the goals which could rescue West Ham from relegation ahead of Tuesday afternoon's Barclays Premier League clash with Everton.

Cole's first league double helped haul the Hammers off the foot of the table in Sunday's crucial 3-1 win at Fulham.

"My body is top-notch again; I feel strong and I feel powerful," said Cole. "I did have to recover from my injury and it took ages mentally and physically. I think, right now, I'm on key and I've got no excuses. I've got to play well as the club really needs me to pull my weight and that's what I need to do."

Sunday's victory was the Hammers' first away from home in the league since the opening day of last season and Cole added: "The fans are happy that we got an away win because it's massive for our confidence and we now want to take that forward."

Despite the club's miserable run, Cole claims he knew they would win on Sunday, saying on WHUTV: "You saw the spirit when we went a goal down.

"We didn't get disappointed. We didn't let it affect us and that's what we really needed - everyone to pull in the same direction and that's what we did.

"I always knew this would be a period which might define our season. I knew we were going to get something at Fulham - I just had that feeling. These things do happen. Everything went our way.

"The boys worked really hard. We left everything on that pitch and fair play to all my team-mates because everyone did the right thing to get the result and that's what we needed."


From Belfast Telegraph