Hammers playmaker Joe Cole says the team's recent run of form has given the squad a deserved boost as they travel to face Roberto Mancinci's Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

West Ham are unbeaten in five and moved into the top half of the Barclays Premier League table courtesy of last weekend's 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic.

Cole knows they are in for a stern test when they travel north on Saturday, but insists the Hammers are capable of pulling off a result.

"We're going up to Manchester City five games unbeaten," said Cole. "But they're a world-class side and it's going to be a tough game. We'll have to defend well and there will be spells of the game when we'll be without the ball and against world-class opposition. But we're going there full of confidence and we'll try and get the right result."

Despite failing to retain their Premier League title and losing out to their bitter rivals Manchester United, Cole admits there's still a lot for Mancini's side to play for.

"City will be trying to sew up second place and players will be playing for their place in The FA Cup final as well. There's a lot to play for. Now we're looking forward and up the table for the first time. We're looking to finish in the top ten and that will be a massive achievement for the club.

"Aguero, Tevez, Nasri, Silva - the list goes on. We'll have to play out of our skin to get a result up there that's for sure. We'll have to be on it."

Although the Hammers are virtually safe from the drop the midfielder says there's still a chance to surpass the club's initial targets.

He added: "You're always constantly adjusting your targets and now we're looking forward and I think the highest we can probably finish is eighth so we'll look at that as our aim now and try and win as many of our remaining games as we can."

And Cole suggests a noisy travelling army of Hammers supporters can be the equivalent of a 12th man at the Etihad.

"The fans have always been great, particularly away from home and they will have a big role to play again on Saturday. They'll probably be able to relax a little bit and enjoy it knowing that we're safe. That's probably what the fans have wanted most of all - to secure Premier League football next season. But then the expectations go up and we have to dig in again, we'll be ready."

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