Steve: We Can't Wait

Steve Lomas says the London derby with Tottenham at the weekend holds no fears - despite West Ham's lonely predicament at the bottom of the table.

"You have got to go and face them," says Steve. "At the end of the day it is a great derby and it would be great to go there and get a victory to turn our season around.

"They are playing okay near the top of the table, despite losing to Fulham, so they will be full of confidence.

"But you have got to go and stick together - and the spirit, which is good, is still the same here."

Club captain Steve, who may be given his first start of the season at White Hart Lane after injury interrupted the start of his campaign, insists those critics who suggest West Ham did not give their all on Wednesday are well wide of the mark.

"I don't think you could fault the effort and commitment; maybe the final ball at the end was a bit suspect and that makes the difference.

"We will stick together, let everybody have their say, and keep working hard.

"It goes without saying, Wednesday was another disappointment, and I suppose we expect to win at home.

"The goal wasn't great again and teams are coming to Upton Park to frustrate us - but I still think we had enough chances to win the game.

"Teams know we like to attack at Upton Park so they keep it tight and hit us on the break - that is what West Brom did."

He admits that abuse from the crowd does makes things harder, and adds: "Of course it does. Nobody wants to hear all that, and especially for the young players it is tough.

"Hopefully they will stick with us though we haven't given them much to shout about except for the Arsenal game.

"We need hard work and hopefully a few breaks will come our way - I'd hope a few chances start coming to us and we start taking them."

With the goals for tally only given a contribution in the Arsenal game, and blanks drawn against West Brom, Charlton, and Newcastle, White Hart Lane wouldn't be a bad place to start doing just that...