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Wednesday 10 April Updated Thursday 19 February

The Big Interview - Joey O'Brien

Joey O'Brien is looking to build on the solid base created in last weekend's goalless draw at Liverpool when the Hammers head to Southampton for their next Barclays Premier League fixture on Saturday.

Sam Allardyce's men were superb at the back to blunt the attacking threat posed by the Reds' Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, allowing them to take a point home to east London.

O'Brien, who took over the captain's armband when Kevin Nolan was withdrawn in the second half, believes that bodes well for the final seven games of the campaign.

First of all Joey, what was your reaction to the performance and result on Sunday?

JOB: "It was a great performance and a great result. We went there with a gameplan and it worked really well for us. From a defensive point of view, the manager said beforehand he wanted the wingers tracking their full backs, and keep the back four nice and compact.

"It worked a treat really. We went to a hard place and kept a clean sheet - in the end we could have nicked a goal here and there, we had a few chances so it was a great performance overall."

Sam said afterwards he thought we had perhaps the best chances - the penalty appeal turned down, one cleared off the line. Do you think we could have won it possibly?

JOB: "Of course - as you said we had one cleared off the line, Carlton [Cole] had a good chance in the first half, which I think caught him by surprise a little bit getting the ball there. We had as many good chances as they did, but we would have taken a point before the game so we're delighted."

Was that our best defensive performance of the season?

JOB: "It's up there. They have some smashing players, but we've gone to a couple of hard places recently and got a result - Liverpool and Stoke - but with the players they have it probably is."

Sam was there talking up the importance of the squad and we had a number of players injured on Sunday, but we didn't miss them. The strength in depth showed, didn't it?

JOB: "Yes, Tonks [James Tomkins] came back in and was unbelievable. Him and Ginge [James Collins] at the back, you're not going to see a better performance than that from anyone in the league. I'm delighted for Tonks because he hasn't been playing a lot really and to go to Liverpool, which was a hard game to come in for, and play like that was fantastic."

What about you personally. How you would rate your form at the moment? Fans certainly seem to be saying how well you're playing and that you're a bit of an unsung hero in the team.

JOB: "I'm just part of the team. The manager has asked me to do a job there and I'm delighted to go out there and play. When you go out and get a clean sheet, it's not just the back four, but Jussi Jaaskelainen's been brilliant in the last six, seven games. As for the boys up front, Matt Jarvis worked his socks off, as did Gaz O'Neil and Nobby [Kevin Nolan] in the middle too. Coley too, has come in having not played much, and put in a great shift for the team."

You were given the armband today when Kevin Nolan went off. Was that good recognition of your recent form and your standing in the squad?

JOB: "Nobby gave it to me and I was delighted. It was a nice touch."

Looking ahead to Southampton, it's a game where we'll be looking to carry on the away form...

JOB: "We're in decent form at the moment, with a win against West Brom and a draw at Liverpool, so we'll be going there looking for the three points for sure. The belief's there. If we can go to Liverpool and get a result, we can go anywhere and get a result."

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