'I feel so proud'

Carlton Cole has told WHUTV that new strike partner Mido will score his first West Ham United goal sooner rather than later.

The pair have struck up an encouraging relationship in the Hammers' last two matches, leading Cole to praise the Egyptian for his impact since joining the club on loan from Middlesbrough.

The England forward netted his eighth goal of the season in Wednesday's 2-0 Barclays Premier League win over Birmingham, and he believes it will not be long before Mido follows him on to the scoresheet.


"Everyone knows the quality Mido has got", said Cole of his fellow 26-year-old. "There has never been a question about his ability. He has said to the press that he feels he has got something to prove and fair play to him.

"He has come here, shown a great attitude, got in and amongst the lads and wants to be a part of what we're about. I'm so happy for him and I can't wait to celebrate his first goal because he deserves it."

Cole also spoke of his happiness at scoring a goal that took the spotlight off manager Gianfranco Zola. The striker insisted everyone was united in their desire to lift the club up the league table.

"I feel so proud of the lads, proud of the manager and proud of the fans. It's just nice to be back on the scoresheet myself, so it was a good day all round."

To hear more from Cole, including his views on the win over Birmingham and the forthcoming visit of Hull City to the Boleyn Ground, log on to WHUTV here.