Seb Gunning For Revenge

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Sebastien Schemmel admits there were mixed feelings after last week's thrilling 2-2 draw against Arsenal at Upton Park, and insists that he and his team-mates are determined to secure their first win of the new season against Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Like everyone following the Hammers, Seb was left stunned by the Gunners' last minute equaliser on Saturday, but says there were also plenty of positives to take from the encounter.

"In a way I was disappointed and in a way I was pleased," says the current Hammer of the Year. "I was unhappy that we were 2-0 up and didn't win the game, but I was happy that we played so well against Arsenal, who are one of the best teams in the world

"It's not a disgrace to draw with Arsenal, but we know we should have won the game and you could tell how disappointed the fans were at the end. I know how much it would have meant to them if we had beaten Arsenal and that is why I was sad."

No one in the Hammers dressing room was sadder than Fredi Kanoute, who was left to face the painful realisation that his penalty miss played a significant part in the outcome of the game, but Seb feels sure that his fellow countryman will bounce back against Charlton.

"Fredi was very disappointed, but he played extremely well against Arsenal and scored a fantastic goal," he says.

"He had some bad luck with the penalty but, who knows, maybe in the next game he will score the winning goal and everyone will forget about the penalty.

"The West Ham fans know that he gave everything at Arsenal and that he was deeply hurt by the penalty miss, and I am sure they will cheer him again when he runs on to the pitch against Charlton."

And so to the visit of Alan Curbishley's men, against whom Sebastien made his debut for the club while on loan in January 2001.

"Now the most important thing is the Charlton game, because it is the next game," he insists. "We can't change the result against Arsenal, all we can do is make things better by winning against Charlton.

"If we play with the same mentality that we had against Arsenal, then for me there is no problem. There are not many teams who can come here and win if we are playing like that and I hope we can continue this mentality.

"We must keep confident and look for six points out of the next two games - that is our target."

And finally, Hammers fans may have noticed something slightly different about the appearance of our French right-back this season…the hair!

Keeping his promise after an end-of-season bet with Trevor Sinclair, the 27-year-old had his golden locks chopped off at the start of the new campaign, although wouldn't allow his team-mates to perform the duty!

"I promised Trevor that I would cut my hair, but I refused to have it shaved off!" laughs Sebastien.

"I just hope that I can play in the same way that I did last year when my hair was longer. I am very superstitious and I want to make sure I have another successful season. With this team, I am sure that is possible."