Joey O'Brien is hoping to celebrate St Patrick's Day in style by helping West Ham United to achieve a Barclays Premier League victory at Chelsea.

The Hammers travel to Stamford Bridge on the same day that Irish people everywhere - including proud Dubliner O'Brien - will mark the feast day of the most-famous of Ireland's patron saints.

Having already played his part in one memorable West Ham win over the Blues this season, O'Brien is planning to chalk-up another fantastic victory over Rafa Benitez's side on Sunday.

Joey, it seems like a long time ago, but the 1-0 at Stoke City a fortnight ago was a really good all-round display wasn't it?

JO'B: "It was a great away performance from us, really. The manager was saying beforehand that our away form hadn't been good so he wanted us to get a result there. It was a hard place to go - they had only lost one game there all season before us. We played well and had to cope with a couple of early chances which sometimes might disrupt the team.

"The lads coming on sometimes have to settle into the game but that wasn't the case and I thought Jack Collison and Ricardo Vaz Te were probably our best players. I thought Ginge [James Collins] was outstanding as well. They came on and changed the game, really, and played a massive part in our attacking display. We won well, even though it was close because we had plenty had plenty of chances to bury them. Perhaps that was the only disappointing thing - that we didn't win by two or three."

Chelsea will present a different type of challenge, won't they? You certainly won't have to head the ball quite so often, anyway!

JO'B: "They have got some smashing players and everyone knows about them. When you watch them play, they are very good going forward with lots of movement and lots of ability on the ball. It's going to be a hard game for us but we're very confident after the last game against Stoke and after the performance we put in against Chelsea earlier on this season. We're going there to get a result."

You were part of the side that produced arguably our best 45 minutes of the season to come from behind to beat Chelsea at home in December. Do that performance and result give us added belief that, if we hit our straps, we can beat anyone?

JO'B: "Definitely so. The first game was a long time ago but we played well. In the second half, especially. they just couldn't deal with our intensity. They are going to want to get one back over us at their place after we beat them. We're up for going there and getting a good result and we've got the players who can do that."

Joey O'Brien

Gary Cahill (centre) and Joey O'Brien (right) during their Bolton days

You played alongside Gary Cahill at Bolton Wanderers and he is now impressing for Chelsea and England. After getting one over your old pal Glenn Whelan at Stoke, you must be eager to do the same to Gary!

JO'B: "Yes, definitely! It would be the second time after we beat them at home, too! Gary is a great player and an even better person. He has been playing some great stuff at Chelsea and is probably England's No1 centre-half now.

"I'm delighted for him. When we were at Bolton, you could always see he was going to move on to a better team and obviously he went to Chelsea. You can see he is really a top, top England centre-half. That's what everyone at Bolton talked about when he first came into the club and he's doing it now."

You played alongside Gary Cahill, Kevin Nolan and Matt Taylor at Stamford Bridge in May 2008, with Matt scoring a last-minute equaliser in a 1-1 Premier League draw. What are your memories of that game?

JO'B: "I think Bolton were struggling with the whole relegation thing. There was a really far-fetched possibility that we could be relegated with a 15-goal turn-around. We went there and Matty scored and I remember it well because that result made us completely safe. Hopefully Matty can score again on Sunday!"

Another of your former Bolton team-mates, Jussi Jaaskelainen, has been in great form and was voted SBOBET Player of the Month for February. I doubt you were surprised by his performances, knowing him so well?

JO'B: "Jussi has been brilliant. I think he was outstanding against Spurs and, of the players on our team, he really didn't deserve to end up on the losing team. He has been great. I played with Jussi when I first became a professional footballer at Bolton and he was brilliant then.

"I think he has been a really consistent Premier League goalkeeper. When you look back over the years, I can't really remember many mistakes and I can't remember many real mistakes he has made this year as well. He is a top bloke and is still doing it at the age he is now [37], so fair play to him."

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