Frederic on form

Frederic Piquionne is aiming for a first Barclays Premier League victory of the season on Saturday after netting his inaugural West Ham United goal at Sunderland in midweek.

The France forward capped a fine all-round performance with the opening goal in the Hammers' 2-1 Carling Cup third-round victory at the Stadium of Light - West Ham's first away win in 23 attempts in all competitions.

Speaking to WHUTV, Piquionne said the success had given everyone in the dressing room a huge lift ahead of today's London derby with Tottenham Hotspur.

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"It was a good evening for me, for the team and for everybody. It was good to win the game. I think we played very well and we scored two very good goals. It was good for us.

"We played some nice football - one and two-touch stuff. Sometimes we lost the ball, but we won the game.

"We are buzzing. We have a smile on our faces because it is the first away game we have won for a long time, but we cannot stop. We have a big, big game in the Premier League against Tottenham and we need to take three points."

Piquionne scored the opening goal in Portsmouth's 2-0 FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham at Wembley last season, but the 31-year-old insisted that strike will count for nothing this time around.

Regardless of that, the No30 believes the Hammers can build on last weekend's draw at Stoke and their fine win in midweek by defeating Harry Redknapp's side.

"We have started a new season. I have forgotten last season and just now we need to rest and be ready for a big game. We need to work very hard for the points.

"We have good confidence for the game as everyone has played very well in the last two games."


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