West Ham United defender Razvan Rat is determined to build on Saturday's 2-0 win at Cardiff City by leading a sustained push away from the Barclays Premier League bottom three.

Goals from Carlton Cole and Mark Noble took the Hammers out of the drop zone at Cardiff, and should Sam Allardyce's men back that up with successive victories for the first time this season when they take on Newcastle United, they could leap as high as 13th.

That middle portion of the table is what Romania international Rat has his eyes on, particularly as key members of the squad are returning from injury.

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"It was hard for us at Cardiff because we had to play with ten men for the last 20 minutes, so I'm happy that we got a very good result and that we're getting better," the No8 explained.

"I don't think about the bottom three, I just think to have back-to-back wins, just to play well and get a good result against Newcastle. That's the main thing.

"It's a good thing for us that Andy Carroll is back. He will give us a boost as he is the main man up front.

"He will get fitter and better with every game he plays."

Guy Demel became the latest player to be struck by the Hammers' defensive injury jinx when he was stretched off after suffering a concussion on Saturday, but after then seeing a Kim Bo-Kyung effort bounce down off the visitors' bar and to safety, Rat believes their luck may be beginning to turn.

He added: "It's like a curse! Every game we seem to get another injury, I don't know what we can do. The players that are fit have to be strong and try to get good results.

"We have not had much luck, so let's hope that it is starting to come back to us after Saturday."

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