Zola staying focused

It has been business as usual for Gianfranco Zola and his West Ham United squad this week with the snow and ice not getting in the way of weekend preparations.

The manager and his staff have been putting the players through their paces ahead of the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday afternoon. The club's training ground and stadium staff have pulled out all the stops to ensure pitches are playable and facilities are in full use.

Zola, who is hoping to have a number of players back including the free-from-suspension Guille Franco, said: "The weather has made things a little difficult this week and it has snowed a lot but it hasn't changed anything in terms of our focus. The players have been positive and up for it and I am expecting a lot from them on Sunday.

"We can take heart from last weekend against Arsenal. If we maintain the attitude we showed we will see the benefit in the next few games. We will have important players back and the luck will change.

"However, I don't like talking about luck too much because we are in control of our own destiny. We have to keep our attitude and the passion and we will get the rewards we deserve."

The manager was particularly happy with the efforts of his two new full debutants Fabio Daprela and Frank Nouble against Arsenal and has subsequently seen them boosted by the experience. "I was pleased. They did very well and now I know that if I need to, I can rely on them, which is a very good note. It was encouraging."