Nigel: Tough One Ahead

Nigel Reo-Coker warns that West Ham face a hot reception when they go to Burnley on Tuesday evening.

"I know what the atmosphere is like up there having been there with Wimbledon and it is a difficult place to get a result," says Nigel, for whom Cardiff made a bid before he joined West Ham from Wimbledon.

"It is very intense and they will make it very difficult for us.

"Hopefully it is another win for us but we have to go out there and earn the right.

"Burnley away is a difficult place to go and get a result but hopefully we can achieve it."

Looking back at the 1-0 win over Cardiff, and a first shut-out in the league of 2004, Nigel says:

"It was a good win, deserved, and the first clean sheet in a long time.

"It was a hard-earned victory but we made a few chances and Cardiff are one of the better sides in the league so we had to work hard to get a result."

It was a long wait, perhaps, for the winning strike, but Nigel says:

"It was a great goal and he took it very well; Bobby was frustrated because he didn't think he was playing well so the goal boosted his confidence.

"We have to show patience, and we have to show teams respect - but not too much.

"It is about working hard and working at our own game.

"We are just taking each game as it comes and looking to achieve three points in each of them.

"You have to go out there and enjoy yourself; football is a very short career and you have to play with pride."