Forde In Lay-by

Goalkeeper David Forde says he is settling in well to life at Upton Park despite his current injury - and is determined not to just make up the numbers.

David, who joined midway through last season, knows he faces the toughest of tasks to usurp David James and Raimond van der Gouw from the side - but he plans to use what he is learning from them to try and do just that.

"I am working with two vastly experienced goalkeepers; Jamo and Rai have been at the top clubs and you can only learn from people like that, not to mention Ludo.

"I feel I have improved in the six months or so since I have been here, and that I am shaping up a bit and everything seems to be going fine.

"Hopefully it will happen eventually that I play, whether it is sooner or later; I have come here to play in the first team, and I just hope the breaks come my way."

However, like fellow young keeper Steve Bywater - who has of course made the breakthrough to the first team - he is currently injured.

That would therefore present a huge problem for Glenn Roeder, if either of the two more senior keepers got injured, and David adds:

"With Steve having been out it pushed me up a bit so I have to keep working hard in training to stay there.

"You have got to be ready to face things anyway, but I don't plan ahead and think about what might happen, just take each day as it comes.

"As it stands currently, though, I am out for a couple of weeks because I jarred my shoulder, but it is not the end of the world.

"I have played a few games in the summer; I have also been involved in a couple of the first team squads and it is going well - I am enjoying my football.

"So everything was going well before this little set back on Saturday which is a bit of a pity.

"But Glen Jackson came in and did well, so maybe it will be hard to get my place back!"

David, who will be at Chadwell Heath over the weekend receiving treatment, adds:

"I just want to get back to work and playing again to get a few reserve games under my belt."

As far as the first team is concerned, David, who made the long trip to Newcastle with the first team party, adds:

"It is not a nice place to go for the first game of the season, but we should have beaten Arsenal.

"Charlton was just one of those off days which everyone is entitled to so hopefully the lads will do well in the internationals, there will be no injuries, and we can get a good win against West Brom.

"The pressure is on in that respect."

Meanwhile, the Eire U21 international says of the Roy Keane saga:

"I think he has gone a it OTT; I don't know what is going to happen but it is exciting - and I think it is going to sell the book!"