Ed: Team Is Priority

Edouard Cisse says he is not going to rock the boat about not being in the first team at the moment - and says his priority is just helping ensure West Ham maintain Premiership status.

He has recently been playing in the reserves - an unlikely setting for a player with Champions' League experience - but his attitude has been praised by Glenn Roeder.

"I have played with the reserves to keep fit but of course I want to be in the first team," he says.

"I accept that the manager makes choices and is putting people in who have experience of the Premiership.

"Glenn has told me he wants to do the best for West Ham and keep them in the Premier League, but that I am a really good player, so I have to respect his decision.

"It is important we stick together; football is a team game and it is a squad of 22 or 24 players.

"I don't know what the problem has been this season but it is not over yet.

"There have been a lot of changes and we didn't manage to score a lot of goals which was not the case last season."

But does he feel that winning against Arsenal in August, as could well have happened, might have changed the whole outlook of the campaign?

"Maybe, definitely - maybe!

"The game was at Upton Park and I think if we had won the game it would have been another season, but that's football.

"A win against Arsenal in August would have given us confidence for the games against Tottenham and West Brom."

As for his thoughts on getting three wins in a row for the first time this season, he says:

"We will try; we have two wins and maybe a draw against Everton would be a good result.

"They are playing well but I am a little bit surprised where they are because I didn't know them, only the Reds from Liverpool, not the Blues.

"I thought they would be in the second half of the table, not the top six.

"We have a chance and we are not only hoping, but working hard to keep us in the Premiership - that is the target.

"As for me, I only want to get back in the first team, play, and win with my team - I would prefer to play but I am enjoying it at West Ham."