One man particularly looking forward to renewing acquaintances with Fulham when West Ham United travel to Craven Cottage for a Barclays Premier League fixture on Wednesday is striker Carlton Cole.

The 29-year-old frontman notched two goals on his last visit to Craven Cottage - a 3-1 win for the Hammers in December 2010 - and was part of the squad that defeated the west Londoners 3-0 at the Boleyn Ground earlier this season.

Sam Allardyce's men are looking to bounce back from last week's defeat to Arsenal and Cole is convinced they can put that performance behind them against Fulham, who currently sit two places below West Ham in the table.


Speaking to West Ham TV, Cole said: "We want to keep on being Fulham's bogey team. We beat them 3-0 here in September and hopefully we can go over there and get a similar result on Wednesday.

"It was a good team performance from the whole team that day. Kevin Nolan scored a cracker to start us off and everyone played their role to the best of their ability. That's all we can ask for on Wednesday as well - for everyone to be on the same wavelength, defend well and take our chances.

"With the goals I scored there two seasons ago too, I've done really well against Fulham these last few years.

"It's going to be a tough game on Wednesday, we know that, but the lads are really up for it, and judging by Tuesday's training session, we want to put things right after the defeat by Arsenal. That game wasn't the best for us, but we're looking to capitalise on Wednesday's match."

Wednesday's trip to Fulham begins an important period of fixtures for the Hammers, which then sees them take on Swansea City and Aston Villa in the eleven days that follow.

With two of those games coming away from home, Cole is well aware of the need for an improvement in form on the road.

He continued: "We've got a eleven-day spell where we've got three games, so we need to take as many points as possible. We'd love seven points out of the three games - that's our target and hopefully we can get it.

"We've got a lot of players with experience here and we've got to start getting on track in our away games, because that will be the turning point for our season I think.

"We need to believe a bit more and go and take the game to the opposition, try to capitalise on any mistakes they make, and not only score goals, but defend well too.

"Sometimes our attacking has not been as good as it has been at home, so hopefully we can make sure we keep a clean sheet first and then take it from there.

"If we were to get a result on Wednesday it would be a massive lift. It would be a massive confidence and morale boost for all of the players."

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