Boa ready to battle on

Luis Boa Morte wants to get back in action as quickly as possible and help West Ham United to a positive result away at Liverpool on Wednesday.

While the Hammers have lost on each of their last six trips to Anfield and have not even gained an away point since 20 February 1999, Boa Morte has experience of coming back from the famous old stadium with positive results. On both 12 December 2001 and 17 April 2004, he played his part as his former club Fulham earned away draws. The 30-year-old is well aware though that it will be a tough ask on Wednesday night, but stressed the team were determined to make amends for the 4-0 defeat by Chelsea.

"We must regroup in the best way and the best manner and that's what we'll do because we have an important game on Wednesday," he said. "We must go there and fight for our pride and for ourselves to get a result up there." Boa Morte would be the first to admit he has not enjoyed the best of luck in front of goal of late but there is no faulting his effort - as shown in the previous week's 1-0 win at Fulham where he led the individual player statistics in terms of covering 1.7km at high intensity and making 67 sprints.

"Of course we're disappointed [about the Chelsea result] because we conceded three early goals and that killed the game. It was difficult to turn things round. We tried but it was really hard and difficult. The problem shouldn't have been the [Frank Lampard] penalty because we should have been able to fight back and pull one back to get level again but we conceded two quick goals again. It was hard.

"We knew what to expect and we didn't match them the way we should and that's why the game ended up like that," he added. Boa Morte made way at half-time on Saturday for Dean Ashton and with Bobby Zamora also fit again, the versatile forward may find himself competing again for his more familiar left-sided berth. Wherever he figures, Boa Morte will give his all to please the travelling support. "When we play away we have lots of supporters coming along in very good numbers," he added. "That is something we enjoy. We are looking forward."