Danny Determined Ahead Of Away Run

DEFENDER Danny Gabbidon has made quite an impact on the Premiership this season.

The 26-year-old Wales international has started every League match for Alan Pardew's team and looked impressive in his partnership with Anton Ferdinand at the heart of the Hammers defence.

But that will not stop the former Cardiff City star's determination to help his team to more points as the Christmas period closes in with three successive away games.

"Three away games is a tough run," admitted Danny, "but they are games we feel that we can take points from if we play the way we have been doing.

"Obviously last week we were disappointed to lose, but the performance was still positive against a very good Manchester United side, and that's something we can take into the Birmingham game.

"At this time of year it's all about trying to keep your form going strong as you approach the New Year.

"We were on a decent run going into the United game and we want to get back to that. There is plenty of confidence we can do that, because of the way things have gone for us so far this season.

"But you don't take anything for granted and we've got to prepare for a tough trip to Birmingham on Monday night.

"We'll go into the game looking to win, simply because that's the way we have approached every game this season. The gaffer always makes sure his team have a positive approach to matches and it's served us well so far.

"Hopefully it will again at St Andrews on Monday night."

A £3 million arrival from Cardiff over the summer, Danny has settled into East London life as though he were a local.

But with the possibility of more arrivals in the January transfer window the defender believes Hammers must consolidate their position in the Premier League.

"We need to go out there, put in good performances and get results," he said, "because if the manager is trying to bring in players that is what will help.

"West Ham United has always been a big club, but now they are back where they belong in the Premiership you can see how much everyone is enjoying it."