Andy's Aim

Andy Melville wants West Ham to have the meanest back four in the Coca-Cola Championship this season.

"My aim is to give us the best defensive record in the league and I hope we can get that this year," he says.

"I have done that in my career in the past and hopefully I can do it again; we can take care of ourselves going forward as long as we are solid at the back."

He is looking forward to playing competitively with Teddy Sheringham and adds:

"I have played against him a few times now and his record speaks for itself - he has a great pedigree.

"He is difficult to mark; he plays in the hole, can go both ways, is competitive in the air, and brings other people into the game.

"He should suit us because I think we have to get the ball down and pass bit a bit more - he can help the connection between the defence, midfield, and forwards.

"If you look at out personnel we can play and Teddy coming in will make us even better."

Andy could spend Saturday afternoon marking former team mate David Connolly and he adds:

"He is one of the best pros I have ever worked with; day in, day out, he wants the best, always doing extra, and just got his head down and got on woith it."

"I wish him all the best but hopefully we can keep him quiet tomorrow."

Despite the competition Andy hopes to secure a permanent berth at the heart of the defence and adds:

"The lads have been good as gold and made me feel welcome; obviously, when I got back into the team it was better because I was playing on a regular basis and hopefully I can do the same at the start of this season."