Hayden happy to be taking a rest

Hayden Mullins admits that he and his team-mates are looking forward to a welcome rest this weekend, ahead of what will hopefully be another successful month for the Club.

Hammers were originally due to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday but United's participation in the Carling Cup final against Wigan Athletic on Sunday means that Alan Pardew's men are without a game until next week's visit of Everton.

Some would suggest that, given our current impressive form, it would be wiser to keep the momentum going, but Hayden insists that rest and relaxation is just as important at this stage of the season.

"I think the boys are looking forward to the break, to be honest," he says. "We'd have been happy to play this weekend, but it's a good chance for us to enjoy some rest and get our energy levels back up.

"We were saying the other day that, although there is a big difference in the number of games you play in the Premiership compared to the Championship, it still feels as though we are working just as hard.

"The games are obviously higher in quality, you have to work harder to win the ball back, and you have to work harder when you've got the ball to create chances. Your concentration levels also have to be spot on and I think a lot of the lads have felt absolutely shattered, physically and mentally, after matches this season."

The Hammers midfielder also admits that, with confidence flying high at present, the players will have no trouble in motivating themselves again for the busy run-in at the end of the campaign, and can relax this weekend knowing that their break is well-earned.

"That's right, we've not lost in eight games now, so we can all enjoy the break, knowing we're in a good position," he says. "If you're Sunderland, scrapping for points, then I suppose you would be desperate for the next game to arrive.

"It's not so bad when you've been on a winning run, as we have lately. I'm sure this break will do us more good than harm, and we'll all come back feeling more refreshed next week ahead of what could be a very busy month."