Deano: It's Not Revenge

Brian Deane insists the trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday is not a revenge mission, just another opportunity to get three points towards the promotion total, which, if reached, will make him feel "a better person."

Brian's home debut was in the eventful 4-3 reverse by the Baggies after what perhaps even the most cynical Hammers' fan thought was an unassailable lead of three goals, helped in part by a brace from Brian himself.

But an unfortunate own goal by Brian - who, most feel, was pushed by Lee Hughes as he went to clear his lines - restored parity for the visitors who went on to add another through Hughes himself.

an irrelevance perhaps, but with subsequent league draws following that game, West Ham would have broken, if they had shared the spoils in that match, their highest ever sequence of one pointers, the six in a row set in 1906.

None of which bothers Brian, who insists:

"I would feel both sets of players have the utmost respect for one another so it is not a case of revenge - we know what we have to achieve and I am sure they are thinking the same thing.

"If we can play to our potential I feel we have got a good chance; it is all about getting points.

"We know it is going to be a hard task on Saturday but I am sure they know they are in for a tough game as well.

"Hats off to West Brom, they are a good side who are currently top of the league - and the league doesn't really lie.

"And when you look at it from that point of view they are up there because they are the best team in the league at the moment.

"I haven't really seen too many of the clubs so far but I think they are definitely going to be up there at the end."

As for Saturday's win over Wigan, the first he has enjoyed since arriving at Upton Park, Brian says:

"It was a good game, for the fans as well, and a good way to get out first win for them.

"West Ham is a big club, expectations are high, and the players know that.

"From our point of view it was important to put on a good performance and I felt we did that.

"I am enjoying the whole experience and I think we have got a good squad.

"Confidence is the key and if we can go on a run now - and I know we have got a few hard games coming up - we have to be realistic, and we do have belief in ourselves that we can achieve that and takes things from there."

Brian has of course been round the block a few times but he is satisfied that the current squad has what it takes to move up the table, and he adds:

"It is very important to have a good atmosphere in the changing room and I think we have that; it is slightly different because at Leicester we had different problems being in administration and that brought us together, I suppose.

"I think everybody at this club is going in the right direction and wants the same thing - we are very motivated in what we want to achieve this season.

"West Ham is a big club; I have played for some good clubs in my career and this is a great one to play for.

"If I can help West Ham achieve what they want to achieve this season it will make me feel a better person.

"In the changing rooms it is a good atmosphere with a lot of young players and I think everyone is willing to learn; the manager has got some good ideas, training has been very good, and everyone has really enjoyed it."

As for Saturday's win, he concludes:

"Looking back, I think Wigan were intimidated by the whole atmosphere though I am not taking anything away from us.

"I think we did exceptionally well and we have a plan that we work on in training for every game we play in, and, to be fair, on Saturday it worked really well."