Cole taking positives

Carlton Cole was in philosophical mood following West Ham United's goalless Barclays Premier League draw with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

The England striker made his first Boleyn Ground appearance since the 5-3 victory over Burnley on 28 November, having recovered from a knee injury that had sidelined him for two months.


Cole scored in that success, and was disappointed not to net his eighth goal of the campaign against Sam Allardyce's side late on. Scott Parker had done superbly to power past two Blackburn defenders before laying the ball across the six-yard box five minutes from time, only for Cole to pull to the near post rather than latch on to the midfielder's low centre.

The 26-year-old admitted his lack of match sharpness had played a part in his decision to attack the near post rather than the centre of Paul Robinson's goal, but vowed to be back to his best soon.

Regardless of his disappointment at not finding the target, Cole was happy to see the Hammers rise up the Premier League table courtesy of the point they gained against the Lancastrians.

"We've very frustrated," said Cole. "There were a lot disappointed boys in the changing room after the game, but we looked at the other results and they all went our way. We looked at the table and we've moved up to 15th, which is quite a result considering we felt we needed more from the game.

"It didn't work out in our favour in the end, but we felt we should have won the game. There was one point when I think I should have scored when Scott Parker put the ball across the goal. I pulled back for him to play it into me and he's gone across goal and it was gaping. I felt really bad that I wasn't there.

"These are the fine lines, sometimes, between winning and not winning a game and we're going to get it right. I'm backing us to get it right and my decision-making will come back sooner rather than later."