Behrami on his 'best moment'

Valon Behrami sees no reason why West Ham United cannot go to Manchester tonight and preserve their unbeaten run.

With all at Chadwell Heath on a high after back to back wins against Birmingham City and Hull City featured five goals scored and none conceded, the former Lazio midfielder and veteran of the 2006 FIFA World Cup will simply not be overawed by a date at Old Trafford.

He said: "We feel very good, but now we have a difficult game away against Manchester United. After that, we have a lot of good teams to play against. Hull was a good result and a good moment, but we have to keep working hard and doing what we've been doing.

"It's going to be very difficult tonight, but everyone is going to go there to work hard and get a positive result."


The Switzerland midfielder marked his 23rd appearance at the Boleyn Ground with his first goal there - scoring just 130 seconds into the 3-0 Barclays Premier League win against Hull on Saturday.

Behrami showed all the composure of a regular goalscorer to slot Guille Franco's pass into the bottom left-hand corner of Boaz Myhill's net, setting West Ham on course for a convincing success.

The 24-year-old could have scored a first-half hat-trick, only to see the Hull goalkeeper twice deny him - first by parrying his powerful shot and then by making a miraculous one-handed save to keep out his powerful header.

Behrami was happy to make do with one goal - his third for the club following strikes at Sunderland and Hartlepool United last season - and three vital points for the Hammers.

"I feel good," he added. "It was very nice to score. After such a long time and after my injury, it was the best moment since I came back, so I'm very happy." 

West Ham's team spirit - so evident when the players rushed to manager Gianfranco Zola during their previous home win over Birmingham City - was again there for all to see, with the players congratulating Guille Franco, Carlton Cole and Alessandro Diamanti when the trio were substituted late on.

Julien Faubert also received the accolades from his team-mates, first for setting up Cole for the hosts' second goal, and then for smashing in his first for the club in added time.

"Every moment was like this, even when we lost a lot of games and had difficult moments, we were all together and tried to do our jobs. Now things are a little bit better, it's easier to find good spirit. When you win, team spirit is high every time.

Faubert, like Behrami, scored his first goal for the club against the Tigers, sending an unstoppable shot past Myhill.

Having overcome serious injury, a loss of form and the recent death of his mother, Behrami was happy to see a smile return to the French right-back's face, and even suggested that he had an inkling Faubert might find the net on Saturday.

"I was not surprised that he scored. It was funny, because it was written in the West Ham programme about his last goal. In his interview, he said that it had been a long time since he scored, so it was strange that he scored. I'm very happy. He's done a great job in the last few months.

"He's a very good player and I hope, with this performance, he's going to go with France to the World Cup."