Nigel's Double Goal

NIGEL Reo-Coker has set his sights on a double figure haul of goals this season, after bagging his first of the campaign in the last home game against Watford.

The midfielder, signed from Wimbeldon in January, missed the win at Sunderland through suspension and is desperate to get back into action against Leeds on Friday night - if he is selected that is!

"I was delighted to get my first goal of the season against Watford," said the 20-year-old, who has scored three times for the Hammers since his move from Wimbledon. "Personally, I'd like to get my goals column into double figures, and hopefully I can pick up where I felt off against Watford on Friday.

"Although I was disappointed to miss out at Sunderland it was a magnificent result by the lads and has really lifted our confidence. We needed to get some points away from home, and what better way to end a bad away run than winning against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, which is one of the hardest trips Championship teams will face this season."

Nigel admitted his frustration at missing out at the Stadium of Light, having picked up five bookings this season. But he's determined to make up for it against Leeds.

"I'm really looking forward to the Leeds game but after the performance I doubt I'll get back into the side," he smiled. "It will be a passionate crowd, and also a night game, which always adds a bit of an edge to the atmosphere.

"Naturally I was really disappointed to miss the Sunderland game, especially after the win over Watford, which left everyone on a high.

"The Stadium of Light is a great venue, and it was a shame that I couldn't take the confidence from the Watford game up to Sunderland. But the team secured a great result in my absence and it will make me all the more determined to do well against Leeds, if I am picked."

Nigel has one more player fighting for his first-team spot now, following the signing of attacking midfielder Gavin Williams from Yeovil Town today. Although Gavin will be suspended for the Leeds United game, after he was sent off for Yeovil against Lincoln City, Nigel recognises the strong competition for midfield places and believes it is healthy for the Club.

"Competition for places keeps players on their toes," said Nigel. "I'm sure Gavin will come in and push hard for a place, which means the players in the team will have to work that much harder to retain their places.

"It's good for the Club to have quality players competing for places and it will keep us sharp going into a hectic Christmas period when there will be a lot of valuable points at stake."