Joe Cole is enjoying his football with West Ham United - but he would be enjoying it even more if the Hammers had beaten Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

The No26 capped an impressive individual performance with the Hammers' equaliser in a 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with the Hoops at the Boleyn Ground.

However, with West Ham dominating proceedings from start to finish, Cole insisted his goal should not have been the only one he and his team-mates were able to celebrate.

"It was a game we should have won. We had a lot of possession and put a lot of crosses in the box but credit to QPR because they defended strongly.

"It's two points dropped, but we'll try to take the positives. It's another draw and a point on the board and we'll go to Arsenal on Wednesday in full spirits knowing that we put in a good performance on Saturday.

"I think 38 points will probably be enough this year [to stay up]. Like I said, you can only perform well and sometimes things don't fall for you - you have balls coming off people's backsides and that.

"It was a good performance I thought from the team, strong and together. It was good to have Joey O'Brien back from injury as well, and Mo Diame, of course. We looked strong."

While he was naturally frustrated not to finish on the winning side, the England international was pleased to score his first goal in claret and blue since netting in a 2-2 Premier League draw with Newcastle United at the Boleyn Ground on 11 January 2003.

"It was nice to score. I know we're going to put a lot of crosses in and it's up to me to try to get on the end of things. It was good and, of course, the main thing was to get a point and keep us moving forward and getting points on the board.

"It's always nice to score any goal. When you have days like that in football, you just have to try and enjoy them. I'm happy and playing with a smile on my face."

"Playing in that position a bit further forward out wide, you have got to score goals. Myself and Matt Jarvis are working on getting in the box and scoring more goals.

"I thought it was a good, strong team performance and we bounced back from a poor performance last week [at Sunderland]."

Cole has made a fine start to his second spell in east London, conjuring two assists for James Collins in an FA Cup with Budweiser third-round draw with Manchester United before netting his first goal -and 14th for the club in total - on Saturday.

Despite his encouraging opening, however, the midfielder insists he is not yet up to 100 per cent in terms of match-fitness.

"I felt a bit stronger. It's just about getting my body hardened to playing 90 minutes again. It's nice to have an effect on games. I have played three games now and I've had an effect on them.

"It's good and I'm enjoying it - I'm enjoying my football and that's the main thing. I'm just settling in and all I want to do is be part of a good team and a good bunch of lads, help my team to win and enjoy my football - that's all I want."

One thing Cole would certainly enjoy is a victory at Arsenal in Wednesday's rearranged Barclays Premier League fixture at the Emirates Stadium.

The 31-year-old has yet to taste victory in five career appearances for the Hammers against the Gunners. But with Arsene Wenger's men coming into the game having lost back-to-back league games to Manchester City and Chelsea, Cole is confident West Ham can pick up a positive result in north London.

"We'll go to Arsenal to win the game. We have done it before as West Ham. We've just got to go there and frustrate them because they have got great footballers - your Jack Wilsheres, your Theo Walcotts and people like that.

"We'll go there and try to stifle them a little bit and we'll always be a threat from set pieces, so we'll go and have a go.

"If we keep performing like we did on Saturday, then I think we'll win games."

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