Nigel: I'll Take It Anyway

Nigel Reo-Coker is looking forward to the play-off final in Cardiff on Saturday - even if he doesn't agree with the concept of the competition.

"I don't generally agree with the system because there are teams that have been in and amongst the top three that have not even made the play-off final.

"It is a bit unfair and doesn't really reflect the true achievements of teams throughout the season," he says.

"But that is just the way it works - and I am definitely not going to turn the chance down."

Nigel has had a fast track to fame after leaving Wimbledon in January and coming to a high profile club where journalists even write about what cars are in the car park at Chadwell Heath, and he says:

"I couldn't imagine it at all; I have just been trying to concentrate on my football but at times you have to sit back and realise how fast, as a player, things have occurred.

"I am very happy and grateful for everything that has happened at West Ham so far - I am enjoying every minute of it.

"But I am not surprised where we are because I have always believed West Ham had the potential to get back - hopefully on Saturday we will prove that."

Does he feel, though, that stepping up to the Premiership this season might be too soon?

"Definitely not; I have always believed in my own ability and have always felt I was good enough to play in it," he says firmly.

As for the match itself, he adds:

"It should be a very open game; both teams know it is a one-off, there are no two legs, and you have to win - that is all that matters.

"No one really knows what is going to happen so everyone is just really excited.

"I am just looking forward to it as a one-off, exciting game and to a certain extent it is like an FA cup final - even bigger, because there is a lot at stake.

"It is a big achievement for both clubs, especially if West Ham get back at the first time of asking."