Hayden: Important Time Ahead

Hayden Mullins believes that the forthcoming batch of matches will go a long way towards deciding West Ham's fate for the season.

"This is when the games come thick and fast and there is a lot of competition now so we are looking for a good run to take us until Christmas time," he says.

"The upcoming weeks will determine the season for us; the most important thing is to keep winning or drawing - as long as you are not losing it is a good sign."

Hayden started on Tuesday against Notts. County in the Carling Cup but knows he faces a real battle to get on the team sheet for league games now.

"The manager has brought players in in recent weeks and if he wants to stick with them, fine," he says.

His versatility can work for or against him, he says, explaining: "I have been playing different positions since I was here so it is nothing new - but you need too nail down one position.

"Sometimes it can work against you so there is a down side as well - but we are looking quite strong in all areas and that is good for the club."

As for Brian Clough, Hayden says:

"I knew him by reputation though I never met the man; I appreciate all the work he has done for English football and would want to pay my respects."

Hayden reckons Forest are in a false position near the bottom of the table and concludes:

"I am sure it is a surprise to a lot of people; ever since they made the playoffs a couple of years back they haven't hit the form they should do - but that is football.

"Sometimes you go through those runs."