Joey O'Brien says that every player is prepared to do whatever is asked of them to help the team get the results needed to move up the league table.

The Hammers travel to west London to meet Fulham on New Year's Day, and O'Brien moved into the centre of the West Ham defence alongside fellow full-back George McCartney against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday after centre-half James Tomkins had to come off with a groin injury.

Despite having not played in that position before in the Barclays Premier League, O'Brien simply got on with it and alongside the rest of his team-mates did all he could to make sure that West Ham took a share of the points.

"It is one of those things you do for the team. We had another injury in defence and I was asked to do a job in another position to help the team. I went in and my only thought was to put a shift in for the team and do my best, which is what we were all doing.

"In these times, when we have these injuries and we are asked to play in another position, of course you do it, whatever it takes to do your job for the team."

O'Brien said that the team were disappointed not to have taken all three points against the Baggies at the Boleyn Ground and although they are missing players who would help strengthen the cause at this time, he said it was simply a case of getting on with it and aiming to get maximum points at Craven Cottage on Wednesday.

"Of course we want the players who are currently out injured back as soon as, they are all important and with all your players fit and well, you have a bigger chance of winning games. Earlier this season we had a lot of clean sheets and defended well and on Saturday we were doing that, but not at the same strength as we would have been normally. When we got to 3-2 after coming back from behind, I felt we could win it so it was disappointing not to.

"I felt we were a bit unlucky in that their second goal, more often than not that would have bounced back out instead of bouncing back into the goal and there was a quality about the third goal that we couldn't do much about."

The Republic of Ireland defender said that despite the position the Hammers are in and with injuries to players, the squad are in good spirits and remain steadfast on the job they have to do, and are more than capable of doing.

"Every game, not just the last one or the next one are all massive games when you are in the position we are in. The manager with his record knows what it takes to get out of it. It is not yet two years yet since we were in the Championship, then got promoted and had a really solid season back up last year and now we are having this dip which we are working hard to get through.

"But we know that we can only get out of it by winning more games and the objective for us right now is to go to Fulham and play our best to get three points."