Hello everyone,

I want to start by talking about you - our superb supporters.

I have been at West Ham United for so many years now and I have come to the point where I expect nothing less than the support you have given us this week, and throughout my time here - I know how good you are, as does every player at this Club.

It is the same at every away game. Some of our away games feel like home games because you are so loud. We do appreciate the support you give us all over the country. We had 2,500 there at City and even more at Forest and we know it has been tough for you all.

Hopefully we can change it around for you and give you all something to cheer about.

Wednesday was a painful night. In the first ten minutes or so we did OK. We knew that they were going to keep the ball and we've all seen over the past six months what they can do to teams on home soil - teams like Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham.

We had three or four corners in the opening few minutes and didn't really make anything of them. Then, for all their little short passing play, Yaya Toure got it, put a long ball down the middle and Alvaro Negredo has produced a great finish. It probably shouldn't have happened. As soon as you go 1-0 down at City, it's a tough place to play. They're a top side and we got punished.

They got a goal and then got a second and then, how can I say it, they go into an 'enjoyment mode'. They just enjoyed keeping the ball and playing. We tried to go and press them, but then they went bang, bang, bang and it was 3-0. From there, it was near on impossible to get back from that, especially at their stadium.

At home, City are exceptional. What they have done to teams this season has been exceptional. They've demolished teams. Norwich and Spurs went there and conceded six, Man U got beaten 4-1 and they hit six goals against Arsenal, so if it's any consolation, it's that. Still, I'm proud and don't like losing.

The cup is now the least of our problems - we need to start getting points in the Premier League, starting at Cardiff on Saturday.

Obviously a lot of things have come at the wrong time. We're struggling in the league, but then we went to Forest and rested some of the senior players and got beaten in a bad way, then we went to City with a stronger team and got beaten comfortably again. We've just got to pick ourselves up and forget about those games and show a bit of pride. We need men to turn up on Saturday and get points for the Club.

Hopefully we can get some of our key players back. We've got Winston Reid out, Ginge out, Tonks out and obviously big Andy out and a few others. Hopefully we can get some of them back because we know we have got the ability to do it, but it just isn't happening at the minute. We need to address that and get some points on Saturday.

One player who has really stood up this week has been Adrian, our goalkeeper. I was looking at him in the dressing room after the City game and I felt really sorry for him, to be honest. He played at Forest and it was a tough game for him, then he went to City on Wednesday and let another six goals in, but it would have been a lot more embarrassing if it wasn't for him.

Adrian should be proud of himself. He has played his first few games in English football and I'm sure he'll be a better goalkeeper for it.

While the result didn't go our way, I was pleased to be back on the pitch on Wednesday and I hope to start again on Saturday at Cardiff. I had a problem with the muscle down the side of my shin from the West Brom game and I tried to play at Fulham, but it wasn't right.

I rested it for a few days and had a lot of treatment to play on Wednesday. I played for 60 minutes but once their goals went in the best bet was to bring me off and look forward to the Cardiff game. I didn't have any reaction, so I'll train on Friday and be raring to go for Saturday.

To those of you travelling to Cardiff, have a safe journey and let's all stick together, because we can turn this around.

Come on you Irons!

Mark

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