Joe Cole wants to use last weekend's victory over Swansea City as a springboard for West Ham United's fortunes when they head to Aston Villa this Sunday.

The Hammers ended a run of six games without victory by seeing off the challenge of the Swans at the Boleyn Ground and lifted themselves back up to eleventh in the Barclays Premier League table.

Now the focus shifts to improving their away form and January transfer window arrival Cole is desperate for that quest to start at Villa Park.

However, he is ignoring Villa's perilous position near the foot of the Premier League and is expecting a tough test.

"I think Saturday has given us a lift," Cole told "30 points is a big barrier to get to and now we're all looking up. The next game is Aston Villa - we want to improve our away form and it's important that we get a result there.

"In every game there's pressure and it's so difficult to win in this league - every team gives you different kinds of problems. It really is competitive at the moment and we'll just be taking every game as it comes.

"Aston Villa are a young team and you don't know what you're going to get from them really. They have a lot of talent and Benteke is a handful up front. It's going to be a tough game I imagine.

"We need to get some momentum going on the road by getting points on the board."

Cole also took time this week to help launch the Hammers' new partnership with leading global forex brokers Alpari, taking part in a virtual trading competition with manager Sam Allardyce, Kevin Nolan and Matt Jarvis.

"We've been doing a bit of trading," he continued. "We were taught how to do it by the guys at Alpari, it's been very interesting, but very difficult - I lost a virtual £80,000 in 20 minutes so I don't think I'm cut out for this as a career after football!

"The others beat me hands down - Kevin Nolan made a couple of grand profit - but I went down early doors and just threw caution to the wind. It went pear shaped, but it was good fun.

"Seeing a new side of things was good too, we're not normally in offices. My brother's worked in the City, so now I can see what he does every day."

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