Paul's Two-tier Target

PAUL Konchesky sees the Premier League as a two-tier division, and believes Hammers should be aiming towards the top of that second group of teams, which means another good performance is needed against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

"There are almost two leagues in the Premiership really," explained the 24-year-old full-back.

"The first is a little one going on at the top with about four teams chasing for the title.

"Then there is another league with the rest of the teams, who are competing for the places outside the top four or so spots.

"I feel we've got a chance against all of the teams in that league and there's no reason why we shouldn't be aiming to finish near the top of that second league.

"When you look at Fulham, no disrespect to them, they're a good side on their day, but not one of those teams that will be in that first league. So we have to look at that. It will be a tough test, but we will go there with confidence and hopefully get a result.

Hammers will certainly take confidence from the 4-0 mauling of Aston Villa at Upton PArk, but also from the performance in their last away match at Newcastle last month.

The Hammers battled to a 0-0 draw at St James' Park, their first away fixture back in the Premiership, and perhaps could have sneaked a win. But they were hit by a blow when Konchesky received a red card in that match.

The Club's appeal against the sending-off was upheld and Konch was delighted not to be kept out of the action so early in the season, especially with the team playing on such a high.

He said: "If it hadn't been overturned, I would have missed the next game which was Bolton, and then the Villa and Fulham matches, because we had the two-week break before them where we had no games.
"It would have made it a longer time out than normal, working out about a month to five weeks not being available to play, so I was delighted it all got sorted out."

"I do look forward to playing every game, I just want to keep doing well for West Ham United and make sure the team continues to progress.
"My ambition as well is to get back into the England squad and hopefully I can do that here as a West Ham player.

"But I want to play for West Ham United first, keep my place in the team if I can and if the international call comes along it will be a bonus for me and for the Club as well."