Collison wants points return

Jack Collison was just one of the West Ham United players training at the Boleyn Ground on Christmas Day in preparation for the Boxing Day trip to Portsmouth.

Collison believes the mood in the camp is good and the squad are looking at the busy schedule as an opportunity to get some points on the board. The Welsh international said: "The boys were a bit down after the Aston Villa game but the gaffer said that we've got two games in three days where we can get four or maybe even six points so we can turn it around and push ourselves up the table.

"We're going to go into those games looking to get as many points as we can. We're performing really well away from home and we'll go to Portsmouth looking to get all three points and then turn things around at home."

West Ham United are unbeaten in four on the road and the 20-year-old says the team have been focused on extending that run at Fratton Park. "The boys are trying and giving it their all. We just need a bit of luck and it will turn around. We've got the capabilities to string some results together over the Christmas period and move up the table," he said.

The midfielder has enjoyed a fruitful 2008 so far. After making his debut against Arsenal on the first day of the year, Collison scored his first goal in claret and blue on his home debut against Everton in November. "When I'm out there I really enjoy it and that's what the manager tells me to do. Playing in the Premier League is brilliant so whenever I'm out on the pitch I try to enjoy it and do my best for my team."