'Nothing comes from nothing'

Gianfranco Zola's recipe for success against Sunderland will see him utilise the same 'ingredients' his players used to cook up a draw at Everton last weekend.

The West Ham United manager believes a fighting spirit, positive attitude and organisation are the fundamental elements to serving up three points in the club's battle for Barclays Premier League survival.

"Nothing comes from nothing, so if we do put on the pitch the same amount of work and ingredients that we did against Everton, then we're more likely to get something out of it. That's what I want to see tomorrow."

Zola will be without inspirational midfielder Scott Parker, who begins a two-match suspension, but is boosted by the return to fitness of Valon Behrami, Alessandro Diamanti and Guille Franco.

The manager called on his players to compensate from Parker's absence by adopting the same approach that has served the Hammer of the Year so well this season.

"I think it will be tougher, but I think the players know the importance of the game tomorrow and everybody is willing to give more. We'll miss him, but I don't think we will miss him too much.

"He won't be on the pitch, but he'll be beside them anyway. I'm sure that we will try to make it a positive thing and everybody will give an extra bit to make sure we get what we need to get.

"I think the point we got against Everton gave us a lot of confidence, so that allows us to approach the game tomorrow with a positive attitude. What I saw the other day was a different spirit and that's what I'm looking to see tomorrow as well. If we go with this attitude, we're going to fight for every single ball on the pitch and every single opportunity. That will make a big difference.

"Against Everton, we were more aggressive and more organised and that was the big difference. That was very, very important. The team came from behind twice and against a team like Everton, that shows that inside, this team is not willing to give up when things are difficult."

Zola held up the example of Ilan, who climbed off the substitutes' bench to score a potentially pivotal late equaliser at Goodison Park, as one for his players to try and emulate against the Black Cats.

"Ilan gave us a big contribution the other day and I'm looking to see more contributions like that from all of the other players.

"It could be [the goal that turns our season]. It was very important, really, because it would have been a big blow as we had been playing very well and we didn't deserve to lose. If you play well and lose, that is massive for your confidence."

While West Ham approach Saturday's game in positive frame of mind, Sunderland are also on a high after beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 last weekend.

Darren Bent scored twice against his former club - while also missing two penalties - but Zola said the 22-goal striker is not the only player his team will have to keep close tabs on.

"I watched their game and I was very impressed, especially at the beginning. They started in such a good way and Tottenham didn't realise what was happening. I was very, very impressed.

"We know that Bent is a main asset for them and will be watching him closely, but he's not the only one who can provide danger for us. He will be looked after, but we'll have to make sure that everybody does his own job."

Should his players do their jobs, Zola believes three points can be theirs, burying the memories of the recent home defeats by Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stoke City in the process.

"It can be winnable, but we played many games before that were winnable and we didn't achieve that. In order to win, we have to have the same organisation and the same spirit we had against Everton. If we have that, then it's going to be difficult for Sunderland. We need to have that on the pitch tomorrow."