Faye braced for Boro battle

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Abdoulaye Faye is convinced West Ham United can end their midweek hoodoo with victory over Middlesbrough tonight.

The Hammers have won just one of their four Npower Championship matches on a Tuesday night this season, a poor return for the second-placed side in the division.

But, confidence is high in the East London camp after Saturday's 3-1 win over Derby stretched the club's unbeaten run to six matches. Faye knows that the trip to the Riverside will be another tough test.

"It's very good because everybody is now playing very well and playing with confidence. There were too many early games where it was not easy and we used to have little problems, but on Saturday we kept the ball and had confidence," he told West Ham TV online.

"The next game against Middlesbrough will be very tough. They are very close to us in the table and we have to be strong every time when we play away. I have confidence we'll win this game and we can look forward.

"It's not easy physically to play Saturday and then again on Tuesday. In the Premier League you play every Saturday and have time to get over it. I think the Championship is harder."

Faye has formed a formidable partnership with James Tomkins at Upton Park recently, with Winston Reid's absence serving the Senegalese international well.

The pair have been instrumental in helping the side to an away record of six wins, two draws and one defeat, and Faye was quick to praise his 22-year-old colleague.

"He is a very good young English player. He is strong mentally and I think he is a very good defender. I like both Tonks and Reidy. They are both good young defenders," Faye added.

"I think Tonks can go to the top. He is 22-years-old and has more time. I'm very happy with my form and being here. I'm fit now and I don't have the problem I had with my groin that I had before. I look fit and I'm happy."

Abdoulaye Faye
West Ham United

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