Pay on the day for Spurs

Carlton Cole says he and his West Ham United team-mates will give their all on Saturday to match the strong support from the stands.

Fans yet to make sure of their place can buy seats from the Ticket Office from 9am. The advice is to get there early to avoid the disappointment of missing out on one of the most keenly-anticipated fixtures of the season.

England striker Cole believes the Boleyn Ground faithful can greatly improve the club's chances of recording a first Barclays Premier League victory of the season by turning the stadium into a cauldron of noise.

Having secured an impressive draw at Stoke City last weekend and an even more impressive Carling Cup win at Sunderland on Tuesday, Cole said Avram Grant's squad would go into battle with their local rivals brimful of confidence.


"It's been buzzing really," the No9 told WHUTV. "I think the Stoke game was a massive game for us. We got the right result and a bit of luck when we needed it as well, which has not been going for us this season. As they say, you make your own luck, and we dug in at Stoke.

"Following that, we needed a good result on Tuesday in the Carling Cup and the boys really did well and pulled through. It was good to see the strikers scoring as well, but that's the first goals between us all. Hopefully we can crack on and score a few more.

"The fans are our 12th man and we need them behind us from the get go. Hopefully, they'll be their usual selves and as vocal as possible. We want them to be intimidated when they come to us."

Cole is the only West Ham player to score against Spurs in the last six meetings between the two clubs.

However, following Tottenham's midweek extra-time Carling Cup defeat at the hands of Arsenal, Cole believes the time is right to go goal-crazy against Harry Redknapp's side.

"Obviously we know the history between us - derby games are always going to be nice ones to go into, especially after our victory the other day. We're going to be well up for this and hopefully Tottenham will be a bit tired after doing extra-time in midweek and we can take advantage.

"Obviously we want a good cup run in the Carling Cup, but now we've got to concentrate and get our first win in the league. I don't see why we can't do it against Tottenham. It's going to be a very hard game but we're capable of getting the right result and all the players will be fighting to get it."