Bobby eager to get back on the scoring trail

Bobby Zamora scored the vital second-half winner in West Ham United's 2-1 victory away to Everton last year in a game that is regarded by many as the Hammers' best performance on the road last season…a feat he would love to emulate on Sunday afternoon.

"It was a hard-working performance all round really, which was the key factor I think," he says. "Every player in every position did a good job so it was a good team performance as well. To come away with a good result from a place like Goodison Park in our first season back in the Premiership was a big achievement, but that was last year and we need to repeat that or even do better this time around."

Bobby's goal may have been a tap-in from close range but it was the all important winner and, after going several weeks without scoring in this current campaign, it's a goal he'd happily take today.

"It may not have been my best goal but they all count and I don't mind being there for those ones at all!" he says. "It certainly was an important one, Matty came inside and had a shot with his right foot which I remember thinking was rare for him but I managed to be in the right place at the right time to tap it in.

"I would take any sort of goal if it meant me getting on the score sheet. It has obviously been quiet for me in front of goal recently and we are certainly not getting enough goals away from home as a team so we know it's something we need to put right."

Everton suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Premiership leaders Manchester United in midweek, so Zamora knows they will be up for putting things right against the Hammers.

"It will be very tough, they haven't had the greatest run recently so we know they are going to be right up for it, therefore we need to keep on our toes, be on our game and give it 110% to make sure we come away with the right result.

"We need to take the confidence and desire from the games we are winning at home and use them to good effect away. We showed at Stamford Bridge the other week that we are more than capable of performing away from Upton Park but we need to turn those performances into results. I think we have stepped up our game recently and that has shown and we feel confident we can get those three points tomorrow."

Bobby has also been impressed with what he has seen so far of Eggert Magnusson and his intentions to take the Club forward.

"He seems like a bubbly character which fits in well with West Ham," says the Hammers striker. "He's been around the training ground a couple of times and is saying all the right things about where he wants to take the Club. He has made it clear he wants to bring in new faces in January to strengthen the squad and that can only be a good thing."

The Christmas period was a tough one for the team last year and it is not something they can afford to repeat this time around - a fact that has been drummed home to the players.

"We had a meeting recently and the main focus was highlighting how last year we started really well then went off the boil a bit around Christmas. After not getting off to the greatest of starts this year we have started to pick up, so we must now continue that and make sure this period is our best. If we do that then there is no reason why we can't finish the season like we did last year."

By Miranda Nagalingam