Ricardo Vaz Te insists Saturday's trip to the south coast to take on Southampton is not about revenge.

The Saints defeated West Ham 1-0 on their last visit to St Mary's en route to pipping Sam Allardyce's men to the second automatic npower Championship promotion spot.

But Vaz Te says that is in the past and he is just concentrating on the Hammers' own performance as they look to make it three unbeaten Barclays Premier League games in a row.


"It's not about revenge," he told West Ham TV. "They've had their season and we've had ours. Last season it was a terrific push from them to finish the season well, but we got promoted, which was the main target.

"I feel that we've been having a better season than both of the clubs who came up with us. it's not revenge, we're going there as a team that's looking for a win and we're very capable of that.

"We respect Southampton, we think they're a very good team and they're playing good football, especially with the new manager. But all the teams around us, we're very capable of beating."

Vaz Te believes last weekend's 0-0 draw at Liverpool, achieved with a fine defensive display, will give the east Londoners huge confidence ahead of Saturday's game.

He added: "Anfield is a difficult ground to go to. If you look at Liverpool with their history, it's as huge as Man Utd, so to go there and earn a point was a great boost for us.

"It was a point gained towards our target, and it's important at this stage of the season. Every point counts, so the lads were all thrilled, plus we came out with a clean sheet, which was delightful.

"Playing at home against Liverpool is one thing, playing away at Liverpool is totally different. You know they are going to dominate possession, so obviously we had to make sure we did the first part of the job properly, which is defend, and I think we did brilliantly to keep Suarez, Coutinho, Gerrard and all those people quiet for 90 minutes. It was a great effort from the lads."

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