Captain wants the 'Wembley buzz'

Lucas Neill is ready to lead West Ham United into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup at Coventry City on Tuesday night.

The club captain, writing in his weekly blog on, is up for another "important away game", having played his part in the 0-0 league draw at high-flying Portsmouth on Saturday. Neill was cup-tied when his former team Blackburn Rovers won the League Cup in 2002 - extra incentive for him to dream of leading the team out at the rebuilt Wembley.

"We are all looking forward to that one," wrote Neill about the trip to the Ricoh Arena, which like the weekend's game on the south coast will be broadcast live on television. He added: "It has been chosen for Sky coverage because they will be hoping for an upset but we aim to spoil their party and Coventry's and put ourselves in that hat for the last eight and start to create the Wembley buzz."

Should West Ham United overcome their Midlands rivals, they will go into Saturday lunchtime's draw for the quarter-finals, to be played 18/19 December. The semi-finals then follow in January before the final is played on Sunday 24 February. To get to the fourth round, the club won 2-1 at Bristol Rovers in the second round, before a 1-0 home victory against Plymouth Argyle.