Zamora's On Song

BOBBY Zamora finished last season with a song written about his goalscoring exploits as he fired Hammers to Play-off Final victory.

Now, after scoring two goals in the Play-off semi-final second leg against Ipswich Town and the winner against Preston at the Millennium Stadium, Bobby is looking forward to making a similar impact on the top-flight this season.

"The end of last season definitely gave me a lot of confidence," explained the 24-year-old striker. "It went really well for me and it was a tremendous feeling to score those goals in the Play-offs.

"It was tough during the middle of the season, but I kept my head down, kept working hard and it was great that it all came good for the Club in the end.

"Promotion was a fantastic achievement for the Club and I was proud to be a part of it. It's put everyone on a real high and it will give us a lot of confidence going into the new season.

"We're determined to do well for the Club in the Premiership. The manager has added some good players to the squad and there is a really good spirit amongst the squad at the moment.

"Pre-season has gone really well for us. The training was tough, but all the lads worked hard and we've put in some solid performances. Everyone knows that they have been playing for their places over the last few weeks.

"The squad is strong and that means competition for places is high all over the pitch. But that's how it should be in a Premier League squad. We're all prepared to fight for our places because everyone wants to be in the team for the Blackburn game on Saturday."

Bobby is just one of the Hammers squad with Premiership experience behind him. But after enduring a frustrating time in his top-flight career at Totteham Hotspur he is looking for much more this time around.

"Tottenham is behind me now and I just want to concentrate on doing well for West Ham United in the Premier League," he said. "It was always my dream to play and do well at the highest level and just like every other player in the squad I'm determined to do well this season.

"It's going to be tough, but we feel that we've got the ability in the squad to surprise a few people this season and that's what we're going to be aiming for.

"It's never easy for promoted teams and we know that we're in for a battle. We want to get away to a good start and hopefully the confidence and belief in the squad right now will help us do that.

"Blackburn are a tough side to beat and they've added a few good players to their squad over the summer. I'm sure Upton Park will be packed out though and the fans will make it a really big atmosphere.

"Hopefully we can give them something to cheer for their first game back in the Premiership."