Cole ready for Terry duel

Carlton Cole has told WHUTV he is ready to make an impact when he comes up against former team-mate John Terry at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The pair spent four years together at Chelsea, where both came through the club's Academy. While Terry has remained in west London, captaining the team to two Premier League titles, Cole has been earning rave reviews for his performances in a West Ham United shirt since joining the club in summer 2005.

Over the past year, the duo's paths have crossed regularly again after Cole forced his way into the England set-up, appearing alongside his former club-mate on all seven of his senior international appearances.

While Terry has a reputation for being one of the world's best centre-backs, the 26-year-old believes he has the qualities to get the better of his old pal this weekend.


"I think, if I'm 100 per cent then I can match up against anybody," Cole told WHUTV. "I know what I'm capable of and if I'm at 100 per cent, then I can do some damage against anyone I play against.

"It's up to me and about how I am on the day. I don't ever look at the other players who I'm playing against because it's all about me and if I'm on the game."

After last weekend's disappointing home defeat by Bolton Wanderers, Cole said Gianfranco Zola's squad were determined to put things right by picking up a positive result at Chelsea.

"If we can get any kind of result at Chelsea - or Arsenal - it would be a real morale boost for us.

"The players have been working really hard this week. We have been put through our paces, because we know the result against Bolton was not good enough and we need to pull our fingers out and get something out of these games that are coming up."