Joey O'Brien is aiming to get back to winning ways when West Ham United travel to West Bromwich Albion in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.

The Irishman admitted it last weekend's 3-2 defeat by Liverpool had been difficult to accept after the Hammers went into the final 20 minutes holding a 2-1 lead. The loss of Mohamed Diame to injury and a strike from Joe Cole and own-goal by Hammers defender James Collins meant West Ham ended the afternoon on a low.

The No17 knows things will not get any easier at The Hawthorns, but believes West Ham can pick up a positive result in the West Midlands.

"Our aim now is to get back on track against West Bromwich Albion," said the full-back. "We want to take the points but it is a hard place to go and they have a good home record. Hopefully we can get a result but, as you saw against Liverpool, the top teams can produce little bits of magic and you are suddenly behind."

Brendan Rogers' side are only the second away side to win at the Boleyn Ground, the other being Arsenal, but O'Brien said the points should have been shared.

"They have got two goals in quick succession, which is very disappointing but that is what can happen at this level and that is what this league is all about. That said, after we conceded to make it 2-2, we should respected the point on offer and made sure we got a point from the game."

While Liverpool's winner came from an own-goal, the 26-year-old said West Ham could not complain too strongly after their own second goal was inadvertantly scored by Reds captain Steven Gerrard.

"At the time I did not quite see who finished it but James Collins said he got the final touch. It is hard to take but we had a bit of luck with our second goal. Steven Gerrard has headed it into his own net so you could say it balanced itself out."

West Ham have only lost back-to-back league matches once this season and O'Brien believes they can maintain that record by bouncing back against Steve Clarke's side. To do so, O'Brien believes winger Matt Jarvis could play an important role this weekend.

"I thought we played some decent stuff and created some good chances particularly in the first half down the right with Matt Jarvis. We looked good and that is what is disappointing because Liverpool did not play us off the park."

One issue that may trouble West Ham at The Hawthorns could be a lack of available bodies. With six first-team players out injured at present, the Hammers will have to stick together if they are to pick up a point or three on Sunday.

"It is important for the lads who are fit to stay fit now, but we do of course have players who can step in and do a job and hopefully take their chance.

"Carlton Cole has come in with Andy Carroll missing and he has been unbelievable. We will miss Mo Diame but we have players like Gary O'Neil who are waiting to come in."

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