Richard Hopeful

Richard Garcia is hoping to step up his Upton Park career by enjoying more first team action - while he remains confident that West Ham will get that first home win sooner rather than later.

"You always want to go as far as you can and if I have something to offer I want to play - and play well," says Richard, who made his first appearance of the season, as a substitute, against Oldham in the Worthington Cup recently.

"I definitely want to play but I have to be patient," he adds. "You don't know what is going to happen on Sunday but hopefully we will come good with a win - all the boys are really looking forward to it.

"The gaffer has a hard task getting the boys' confidence back up but I think he will get there. We are getting closer and I think it is just a matter of time."

As for that defeat to Oldham, he reflects: "Losing in a cup is never a good thing, especially to a lower division side - but you couldn't fault the boys for effort, we gave it our all, and we just couldn't get the goal.

"I think we have been playing quite well at home despite what others may say, but the confidence is low and when you can't get a goal at home it is pretty frustrating.

"I think we will get going at our place - and I think Oldham had a lot of luck on the night, whereas we didn't. It is just a matter of getting a couple of wins under our belt.

"It is always frustrating to watch from the sidelines, and I was just happy to get on, though I would have preferred us to have been winning.

"It looked like we were going to score and we had a few chances - now we have to rectify things against Manchester United."

Richard was not overly impressed with the refereeing of Uriah Rennie on the night, citing the decision not to award Titi Camara a penalty as being a key moment.

"If he is consistent he should have booked Titi for diving if he thought it wasn't a penalty - which I thought it definitely was - because he had booked Jermain earlier for 'diving'.

"You have to be consistent throughout the game but he wasn't as consistent as we would have liked him to be."

Richard was also involved in the fracas late in the game which saw several players gather round and he says: "Tempers flared and there were frustrations; it got a bit heated but that is the way football is."