Joe Cole was delighted to land the SBOBET West Ham United Player of the Month prize at the first opportunity after rejoining the Club from Liverpool.

The Hammers midfielder collected the award before Saturday's Barclays Premier League game against Swansea City and then made it a perfect day by coming off the bench to help Sam Allardyce's men collect maximum points.

Cole opened his goal account for his second stint as a Hammers player in January, as well as laying on a couple of assists, and he is looking for more over the closing months of the campaign.

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"It's lovely to be named as the Player of the Month," he beamed. "The fans vote for this prize, so I'm well pleased. It's been a decent start back, and we put three points on the board on Saturday so we're delighted.

"My debut was in the FA Cup game against Man Utd. It's always nice to be effective in a game and be part of a great performance.

"That's what it was - a great performance, one of the best of the season, and it was disappointing that we didn't knock them out.

"Is was nice to score in my third game back too, against QPR. Hopefully I'll get a few more before the end of the season and a few assists, but first and foremost we have to consolidate in the league and let's see where we finish up.

"It's great to be back. Lots has changed, but still so much has stayed the same as well. I'm very happy to be back home, where it all started."

Cole hailed the importance of Saturday's result, which lifted the Hammers back up to 11th in the Barclays Premier League table and gave the east Londoners their first win in seven.

He continued: "It was important to get the win on Saturday. To get to 30 points, you can then see the magical 40 points there. We've got to keep going, try to string a couple more wins together and once we get there we can look at where we can finish in the league.

"It's always tough when you're playing Swansea. They play fantastic football, they keep the ball, but our concentration levels were great.

"We've just got to start putting our chances away and make games a little easier for ourselves."

Saturday's matchwinner was the fit-again Andy Carroll, who headed home Mark Noble's 77th minute corner to round off a fantastic display and Cole was full of praise for the big Geordie.

"It's great to have Andy back," he added. "He was brilliant on Saturday - he got his goal and he's a massive player for us.

"He looks fit, he looks lean, he looks ready and hungry and that can only be good for West Ham and for England."

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