Davenport ready for Watford

Calum Davenport is geared up for the vital visit of Watford on Saturday - and he's prepared to battle for the Hammers' Premiership status.

The 24-year-old central defender was cup-tied when Watford last visited a fortnight ago in the FA Cup and is keen to face them this weekend. "We played Watford a couple of weeks ago and they beat us so we're desperate to beat them now," he said. "There's no doubt about it - it's a must-win game.

"We've got to keep believing. We just need a chance to drop for us and then we can take it and spark a turnaround. We have to stay mentally strong."

Calum admits the whole squad are eager to get the game underway - even those having to watch from the sidelines.

"It can seem like an eternity to wait for games to come around at the moment," he said. "The new lads are eager to get out of the treatment room. Everyone is itching to get back out there."

But Calum is well aware of the threat posed by Aidy Boothryod's side. He said: "They've brought in Steve Kabba from Sheffield United and he'll be doing his utmost to prove his worth to the Watford fans. I know Malky Mackay from when we were both here at Upton Park together. He's also a real handful at set pieces.

"They're a very direct side and they do a lot of work on their set pieces. We have to make sure we're ready for them."

Having arrived at Upton Park from Tottenham in the January transfer window, Calum is hoping this Saturday will mark his first win in a Hammers shirt.

"I've played three games here so far and we've only picked up a point in those games," he added. "There's a fine line between winning and losing. We left it too late at Liverpool and, even though our second half performance at Villa was worth a point, we need to start winning. We need to put in a solid performance on Saturday."