Adam's Patient

Adam Nowland scored both of West Ham's goals in a friendly against Spurs on Thursday, but admits he will have to remain patient about getting into the first team.

Adam had a good run-out against Tottenham, and says:

"That is what these games are all about and I think that is why the gaffer wanted me to play in it - for a bit of sharpness.

"It was nice to grab a couple of goals."

Adam has not featured in the first team of late but has no complaints and says:

"It is definitely a squad situation and the lads in there have been doing the business, getting the results, and playing some good football as well.

"I can't expect the gaffer to change the team at the moment but I have just got to keep myself there or thereabouts and I am well behind the lads; I will be at both games and backing them for a good win, hopefully."

No tantrums, then?

"There is no need to do that," he smiles.

"At the end of the day, we are all adults and all professionals, there are players that would want my position if I was in the team - and I am biting on the heels of the players that are in there.

"As soon as an opportunity comes along you have got to take it but the players that are in there have to be backed 100% because they are your team mates.

"We are all in it together and all we want is the right results to get back in the Premier League now, with or without me in the team - so be it."

Adam has been impressed with the way the team has been playing lately, and adds:

"I think the performances have been getting better, we have been scoring a few goals and the defence has been tight as well.

"We have been much more consistent, the lads have been feeling confident about themselves - but not over-confident.

"We have been tipped as the favourites but there is a long way to go; three more wins gets us in the Premiership and that is as basic as we are thinking.

"We are ready for the challenge, up for the games, and hopefully the right results are going to go for us."

There is, he says, a relaxed atmosphere at Chadwell Heath, and he explains:

"There are too many quality players to be nervous; obviously there is a bit of excitement about the place and all the lads are pushing each other as they want to be in the team - but at the same time they are all backing each other as well.

"I wouldn't say nerves are creeping in - though I am sure there will be before the kick-off on Saturday.

"But we will have to kick that into touch straight away and set about them like we set about every team - we have to pass the ball, play our football, and we will get the right result."

As for the opposition, he says:

"People are saying we might have got the easiest draw but I don't believe that; Ipswich are a good passing side and Joe Royle's teams have always been good passing sides.

"They have some quality players, with youth and experience, and any team we meet at this stage of the season in the play-offs is going to be difficult.

"But I would back us against anyone at the end of the day, and I know the lads will give it their all - which, I am sure, will be more than enough.

"The summer is then going to be the time to bring in a few new faces and others might leave.

"We will get our recuperation in and hopefully ready for the big stage next season - the Premiership where we all want to be, and where West Ham should be."