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2013-02-12T14:04:00 Updated 2015-02-19T01:18:41

The Big Interview - Carlton Cole

Carlton Cole will look to have an impact for West Ham United whether he is in the starting line-up or coming on as a substitute.

The No9 came on in the second half against Aston Villa on Sunday for team-mate Mark Noble and was unlucky not to convert a late header which would have seen the Hammers take a share of the points, only for Villa keeper Brad Guzan to make the save.

But the striker is not down as he feels that an away win is not far away and the focus is to add to the solid home performances, pushing on and re-charging the batteries before the next match, the visit of Tottenham Hotspur at the Boleyn Ground.

Carlton, while it is always disappointing to lose, the team were still pushing at the end [against Aston Villa], do you think we could have come away with something?

CC - "Yes, right now we have not been winning our away games and that is what we want to turn around. We have won at places like Newcastle United, so we know what we are capable of. We just need to put a run together. Again at [Aston] Villa, we applied the pressure but could not get the finishing goal. We are working hard on that to turn it all around away from home."

Home form has been solid and there are things you can take from those games into away matches?

CC - "Our home form is something to look forward to every other week, so if we can just get a few points and performances away from home then that will be good.

"It is vital we score goals and keep as many clean sheets as we can - the win against Swansea the week before was an example. We just want to get this more in the away matches and we are concentrating on doing that and we are confident that will come as we keep plugging away."

What are the team focusing on to get the results needed to finish as strongly as possible?

CC - "From now until the end of the season, for all the games we have left, we are trying to get the right balance away as well as at home. There have been games when we have deserved something from it but we know we have to keep putting pressure on the other teams to get those goals. You could see that at Villa even, it is something that everyone says, but if we had scored even one of the chances we had, it could have been a different game."

We are just outside where the team are aiming for and in a good place to push on to overall safety?

CC -  "We are in a little bracket at the moment, we are in a good position, but we want a few more points to make sure we are away from those teams that are being dragged into the bottom half.

"Then we are also not far away from the top ten, where we are aiming for, to finish. I think if we can get a win away, burst that bubble, I feel we can then kick on for the last part of the season in a good place. We want to combine better away results with continuing our home form and are looking forward to the next match, against Tottenham at home.

"I don't think we are too far away from where we want to be and the performances, away from home, to achieve that. We have had a few performances away where we have been unlucky, it just hasn't dropped for us in front of goal and other times we've not played as well as we would have liked, but even in those games, we still pushed to get something and not been far from doing that."

Tell us what the benefits are with warm-weather training for you as a player?

CC - "There a huge benefits. The boys will be re-charged and reinvigorated. We keep focused on training and doing the right things but the difference is that you benefit from the warmer weather and it is in a different environment, just a change and it mixes it up for all the lads.

"I have always found it positive and we have come back to good results after trips like this and it is a chance for the team to also look at what we have done so far and what there is still to be done, talking and looking at this all together."

There is a tremendous team spirit and does a trip like this also help enhance that as you all need to work together towards the end of the season?

CC - "Definitely. We have a very close-knit team anyway and we like to do things on and off the pitch that helps the team bond. We all want the same thing to kick on and get the points home and away to make sure we finish in the highest place in the league we can.

"We are all together on that, all pushing forward and training away from the normal place we train is also a good way of strengthening the bond we have and that can only be a good thing as we look towards finishing as strongly as we can."

The next match is the London derby against Tottenham, once again it is set to be a sell-out crowd under the lights at the Boleyn Ground, how much do you look forward to playing in front of this atmosphere?

CC -"We all know what great support we get. I would like to thank our fans who travelled away again to see us at Aston Villa and for them to know that we don't like to let them down and we always want to do our best for them, because they give us such great support.

"We will be re-charging the batteries and are looking to come into the game with Tottenham with strong belief. It is a big London derby, we know how much that means to our supporters, the result of that match, so we are concentrating on getting ourselves re-set, working hard to not only look at things we can do better but work on making sure the positives are stronger as well and then go again."

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