Galey's View

Tony Gale believes that Alan Pardew's team can come away from Villa Park with all three points on Saturday if they attack the game with confidence.

Having seen off Norwich City in the FA Cup last weekend, Hammers face Aston Villa hoping to end a run of three successive Premiership defeats, and Tony insists that victory is there for the taking.

"It won't be an easy game," says the former defender, "because Villa are on a decent run and are performing well at home, but I think it's a game that we can be confident of winning.

"I've watched Villa a few times recently and they are not as strong at the back as they would like to be. They've had some problems in the centre of defence and it has led to them conceding a few goals.

"It's a situation that I'm sure Alan Pardew will be looking to exploit, and I hope the boys go out there in a positive frame of mind. For me, we look a much better team when we attack the opposition and try to take control from the word go.

"Now that he has most of his key players back from injury, Alan will be hoping that we can raise the tempo again and begin to produce the kind of energetic displays we saw earlier in the season."

One of those displays was the memorable 4-0 victory over Villa at the Boleyn Ground in September, and Tony agrees that David O'Leary's men will be eager to exact revenge.

"I'm sure David O'Leary won't need a team-talk in that sense," he says. "They got a real battering at Upton Park and, although the game had a fairly even start, their heads went down after they conceded the first goal.

"It won't be the same type of game tomorrow, but I am sure there will be goals in the match. Villa have the likes of Baros, Angel and Luke Moore to choose from up front and they are a bit similar to us, in that they are better going forward.

"To be honest, it's the kind of game where you wouldn't really be surprised by any result, but we've got enough quality to come out on top and a win would really kick-start our season again."

Tony is also confident that Hammers can continue to progress in the FA Cup. Last week's 2-1 third round win at Norwich was rewarded with a home draw in the fourth round against Blackburn Rovers, and the Ewood Park Premiership title winner is looking forward to the clash between his former clubs.

"It's a hard draw, but I think everyone at West Ham United will be pleased with it being at home," says Galey. "That gives us the advantage slightly, and hopefully we can produce a repeat of the opening day win against Rovers.

"They are a tough side but, contrary to what some people say, they are no tougher than a lot of other Premiership sides who make it difficult for the opposition. It will be a close tie and there won't be a lot in it, but I have a feeling the Hammers could just shade it."