With just three games ahead of West Ham United in March, defender Joey O'Brien is keen to make use of each and every opportunity to increase the east Londoners' points tally.

Sam Allardyce's men travel to Stoke City on Saturday, aiming to record their first away Barclays Premier League victory of 2013.

The Hammers were denied a hard-fought point by Gareth Bale's final minute scorcher for Tottenham Hotspur last Monday night and 27-year-old O'Brien wants to make up for that late sucker punch at the Britannia Stadium.


He told West Ham TV: "It's a massive game for us, especially as we were disappointed with the result against Spurs, so we're looking to go to Stoke and get three points.

"The performance was alright on Monday night, but it's a results business we're in and that's what the manager was saying to us after the game. It doesn't really matter if you're playing well if you're not getting points on the board.

"We have 30 points at the moment and we need to put more on the board as soon as possible. Saturday gives us the chance to do that so hopefully we can take some up there."

O'Brien believes the way for the Hammers to improve their away record is to make sure they remain solid and give nothing away at the back.

"It's hard going away from home in the Premier League and we've found it tough this year on the road," he continued. "We're going there to get a clean sheet and from there hopefully we can push on, create chances and get three points.

"We have to improve away from home, and from my point of view as a defender we want to be as solid as we can be. We've been letting in a lot of goals in the last few games and that's been disappointing.

"We scored two against Spurs, but we conceded three and if you keep on doing that you'll be in trouble."

O'Brien broke his top flight scoring duck when he netted the Hammers' equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Stoke at the Boleyn Ground in November, although he admits that he would trade that strike for a three-point haul in the Potteries.

He recalled: "Earlier on in the season, in the first half they did a number on us and played really well. We upped our game after half-time and probably should have gone on to win the game. It was a good night for me personally, I scored my first goal in the Premier League, but hopefully somebody can get a couple of goals on Saturday and we can get three points - that would be even better!

"They have been around in the top flight a while now. They have some quality players and the manager Tony Pulis has done a great job with them. The place will be rocking, it's a hard place to go and play football. The fans give them great support and get the players up.

"The game is always played at a high tempo there, but we're all up for it and hopefully we can get the result. If we can start well and maybe get an early goal, make them a little nervous, the crowd might not be as loud and vocal for them.

"We haven't really started well in the last three games away from home. We need to start well on Saturday, that's important for us, to get a foothold in the game and create chances from there."

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