Robbie's Double Aim

Robbie Stockdale is hoping that a good display against Spurs will help him one step closer to securing a permanent deal at Upton Park - as well as advance West Ham in the Carling cup.

"It will be a massive game, a good one to play in, and I am looking forward to it," he says.

"I have played against them before; I know what they are about and they are a good team.

"But if we can get a good result that can only be good for my future because I am hoping to impress."

Steve McLaren had a change of heart in allowing Robbie, initially on loan for a month, to play against Spurs, and he admits:

"I didn't know what to think, except that it was up to Middlesbrough and there wasn't an awful lot I could do either way."

Boro earned a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane on Sunday, and Robbie was an interested television spectator for that.

"I spoke to a couple of the players after the game and I think Middlesbrough were fairly pleased with the point they got," he says.

"Middlesbrough certainly stepped up their performance in the second half but there is no getting away from it; Spurs are a good side and just because they didn't get a win against Middlesbrough, they are still having a very good run.

"But I am sure they will be as confident as well and these are the kind of games you want to play in, giving you the chance to play against a Premier League team."