Faubert banking on Bolton

Julien Faubert and his West Ham United team-mates will be fired up to get a good result at home to Bolton Wanderers this Saturday and repay the club's "fantastic fans".

The France attacker was at a loss to explain the Hammers' 3-0 defeat at Aston Villa - especially as the pre-season preparations had gone so well and morale was high.

"I can't pick out why we lost, as we have had a good week training and a good pre-season. We were ready for this game, but we just started bad and we gave them too much space. It was the first match of the season and we wanted to get a good result but it didn't happen and we must look to do this in the next match, which we can do."

Faubert began the Villa Park contest in his new forward role and had a golden chance soon after the interval to pull one back, but the opportunity went begging and Villa capitalised to score a match-clinching third beyond the blameless Robert Green midway through the second half.


"We had two or three chances but we did not follow them up. We took on the pressure but could not get back on how we wanted to play. We just have to forget this game now and concentrate on getting it right in the next game."

There will be extra incentive to do well in order to repay the near-3,000 travelling supporters who did not relent in their singing, even when drenched by a torrential downpour. "The fans were fantastic, singing loud even when we were losing by the three goals," Faubert added.

"They also gave a good cheer to Greeny and that was good for him. That is why we want to do better, for them, to show we are grateful for their support.

"We feel bad about the match. If you can play hard and not win, sometimes you can say well, we did what we could, but we know we can do much better and we will be working hard again this week to change what happened.

"We will show the manager we can do that. We will be focusing on that and will be ready for the next match."