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Cole hails Hammers team ethic

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West Ham United striker Carlton Cole has paid tribute to his team-mates after a stunning start to the current campaign.

The Hammers hitman has scored three goals in the last three Npower Championship fixtures, notching in the 4-0 win at Doncaster, the 2-2 draw against Leeds and 4-1 win at Nottingham Forest.

Whilst happy to take the plaudits, the England international made a point of praising the effort of a squad which remains perfect away from home this season, and is well-placed in the division's play-off places after the opening month.

"Anybody would be happy with three goals in three games. Credit to the lads for producing the performances and creating the chances," Cole told West Ham United TV.

"Obviously I'm chuffed to be getting my name on the scoresheet again, but it's about other stuff as well. I think I've worked hard and created some chances for my other professionals as well and hopefully I will do again in the next game."

"We set ourselves a standard at Watford when we won 4-0 and we wanted to emulate that at Forest on Sunday. It was a really professional performance from the lads and I can't praise them enough."


 

Portsmouth are the next team to arrive at the Boelyn Ground on Saturday, with home form the only concern for Sam Allardyce after the opening day defeat to Cardiff City and last-minute equaliser against Leeds.

Cole is confident the Hammers can turn things around in East London though, and doesn't predict the issue to be a long-term problem during a season where promotion is the minimum requirement.

"I don't think there is a big issue with our home form - we just need to see out games and be professional. That is all it is really, we've just been a bit naïve," the striker continued.

"We just need to see out games like we did at Nottingham Forest. We got the goal we needed to settle our nerves, because sometimes when it is 3-1 we can lose a lead - it happened to us loads of times last year when we were comfortably in the lead and the other team got a goal and were all of a sudden back in the game.

"We saw it out nicely and the boys did really well. I was celebrating on the bench when the fourth goal went in. It was an emotional rollercoaster but that's how it goes sometimes. We got the goal to settle our nerves and it really took the pressure off us."

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