Carlton Cole was delighted to play his part as West Ham United gained a valuable point at Liverpool on Sunday.

The long-serving Hammers striker was handed his first start in more than two months in the absence of Andy Carroll, who was unavailable at Anfield due to the terms of his loan agreement from the Reds.

Cole enjoyed being part of a fine team effort at Anfield and is hoping for more opportunities during the final seven games of the 2012/13 campaign.


He told West Ham TV: "It was tiring to be honest! I hadn't played for quite a while and normally you'd hope to be weaned little by little with a few sub appearances, but I went straight in at the deep end and the result was the reward.

"I would love to have scored a goal, but this was the first result I've got up there in a long while, so I'm very happy.

"I was happy with my performance, considering I hadn't played for quite a while and I'm not match sharp. I'm a fit lad though and I can do a 90 [minutes] if called upon at any time so hopefully I can get more 90s under my belt between now and the end of the season.

"At the end of the day if you come in and you haven't been looking after yourself, you're only hurting yourself and your teammates. I've done my utmost to keep myself in shape."

Cole was heavily involved in trying to hold the ball up for his team as they looked to hit Liverpool on the counter attack and he felt his task got easier as the hosts opened up in the second period.

He explained: "In the first half they were a bit more tentative to go forward and they had a lot of players that covered me. Their wing-backs were going forward to support Luis Suarez and everybody, so our wingers had to go and support our full-backs.

"So when the ball did come up to me I was a bit isolated, but when Liverpool started going for the game a little bit, we had some time going the other way to try to put them under pressure.

"When that happened, I got better support and we created a few chances. We were unlucky not to nick it as well. All the players did their bit to try and score a goal. It was a good game.

"Liverpool are a great outfit, everyone knows that. So to go up there, especially with our away form not being too great, and do the job we did was good.

"We stuck to the manager's tactics and what he asked us to do, and I think he's very happy with what we achieved on Sunday."

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