Specs has victory in sight

Jonathan Spector is even more determined for West Ham United to beat Blackburn Rovers after missing out on three points against Portsmouth.

Sam Allardyce's side visit the Boleyn Ground on Saturday in the first of a run of eight consecutive home games against teams from outside the top eight. Spector said his team-mates would need to give a similar performance to Tuesday night's fixture at Portsmouth, when they were unfortunate to leave the south coast with just a point.

"We are disappointed with the result. It is a bit heartbreaking to go 1-0 up and then go on to play some really good football," he said.

"Portsmouth is a tough place to go to. Liverpool went there and got beaten pretty easily. I don't think this is a bad point for us - obviously we would have liked three but we will be looking for three on Saturday.

"We go into any game looking for a win. I think it is premature saying it is a must-win but we will be looking to go and win it."

Spector joked he would be begrudgingly give West Ham's opener to Matthew Upson, but is now looking for the team to be even more ruthless in front of goal, particularly now Carlton Cole is nearing full fitness.

"We didn't take all of our chances in the first half and we had some good ones. If we had then we would have won the match. So we're a bit disappointed the way the match ended.

"It was great to see Coley back. Frank [Nouble] did well but when Coley came on he caused them a bit of trouble so we are all glad to have him back.

"It would have been nice to have been able to get a second, but we created some good chances and for much of the game we defended very well.

The United States international has impressed at left-back after starting West Ham's last two games. Spector and his fellow defenders were ably aided by Robert Green and Mark Noble, who caught the eye just sitting in front of them in the holding midfield role.

"We kept it pretty compact and made it difficult for them to create anything. Towards the end the game opened up a little bit and both sides were trying to get the three points but it wasn't meant to be.

"I have been asked to do a job at left-back, which isn't my preferred position but I'm happy to fill in the role and help the team any way I can. Defensively, I think we held together really well and it's not just the back four as Greeny has come out with some big saves for us.

"We have the midfielders to thank. Nobes was in the holding role and he did really well and made some important challenges and important tackles."