Green ready to bounce back

Robert Green is expecting West Ham United to "go all guns blazing for a win" on Saturday when they take on Everton for the second time in four days.

The England goalkeeper was involved in the rare defensive lapse that led to the 2-1 Carling Cup quarter-final defeat on Wednesday, although it was the culmination of "a disappointing performance from back to front".

The return to league action and the chance to cut the gap on seventh-placed Everton to just two points with a game in hand is the perfect way to wipe out such memories. Green is looking forward to the real start of the busy Christmas schedule, which will also see matches against Manchester United and Arsenal. "They will be great games. As they say, it is what being in the Premiership is all about," he told WHUTV.

"We have got to turn around quickly now. We have another game on Saturday, hopefully we can turn it around and look forward to the games over Christmas looking up on a positive note."

Looking back to midweek, the 27-year-old gave an honest assessment to WHUTV of an unexpected home display that came out of the blue after a couple of outstanding away performances.

He said: "Really we haven't created enough and not defended well enough for 90 minutes as a team and that's really pretty much what happens if you get knocked out of a cup. We scored and then decided to sit off a bit again. We did it on Sunday and managed to get away with a win.

"We decided to do it after 20 minutes which is making life difficult for yourselves. Other than the goal I am not sure Tim Howard had a save to make and it is something that we have got to think about hard and quickly before the game on Saturday. But we will come back and hopefully be refreshed and go all guns blazing for a win."

Of that last-gasp Everton winner when Yakubu stole between Green and Danny Gabbidon to score, Green described it as "one of those things that happens". He said: "It was a difficult ball. Gabbs was dealing with Yakubu, who is a strong guy, and I am just waiting for a chance to come and get it. I saw my chance and he saw it as a chance to head it back to me. It happened so quick, it is very difficult to communicate in a fraction of a second."