After arriving back in the early hours following the Capital One Cup victory at Burnley, West Ham United players Joey O'Brien and Mohamed Diame were straight out after a warm-down to meet jubilant supporters at a special half-term event.

The Hammers pair were at the club's Liberty Romford store on Wednesday afternoon to meet and chat with fans, sign autographs and pose for photographs as youngsters across Essex enjoy their week off from school.

Both O'Brien and Diame played in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Sky Bet Championship leaders Burnley - which saw two spot-kicks from Matt Taylor and Jack Collison win the tie for the Hammers - and were greeted with lots of praise following the cup win.

Fans young and old queued patiently to see the players, clutching shirts, footballs, calendars, autograph books and many other items bought in the shop.


Fans flocked to the store to meet the pair

Meeting the fans is certainly a pleasure for O'Brien, who said it was an enjoyable event.

"It was great. Everyone was talking about the cup win the night before and just wishing us luck again for the weekend match against Aston Villa.

"It is a chance for us to meet fans personally like this and all the lads are very appreciative of their support, they were there again for us in high numbers on Tuesday night at Burnley. So for us to come along to chat with them and sign for them, spend that bit of time, it's great."

Both players were in good spirits themselves and were more than amused at the amount of West Ham 2014 calendars they had to sign - both are featured in it for next year, O'Brien for the month of October and Diame for January.

O'Brien said: "I am not sure if it will be sold out because Mo and I are in it! But it certainly seemed a popular thing for the fans to purchase!"

Diame also praised the supporters and said that their backing would be key in trying to get three points this Saturday against Villa at the Boleyn Ground.

"I know how much our fans get behind us and we are very grateful for that support always. I come out after games and even if it is late, fans are still there waiting to just say hello. So it was good to meet the supporters here and I am sure they will be cheering us on again this weekend, hopefully we can match that with a good result."

Following O'Brien and Diame at the Liberty Romford store, team-mates Winston Reid and Guy Demel will visited the Lakeside Thurrock on Thursday to meet with fans as they look to start their Christmas shopping for the upcoming festive season.


Mo Diame signs a young fan's shirt