Freddie fired up

Moments after the final whistle had been blown at Blackpool on Wednesday evening, Frederic Piquionne went to the travelling West Ham United supporters and threw his shirt into the crowd before pumping his fist a few times.

He might not have scored himself, but the No30 played a vital role in the Hammers' second away Barclays Premier League win of the season, linking intelligently with new partner Robbie Keane and helping out the defence on numerous occasions.

Piquionne's determination to help the club out of its current predicament was there for all to see at Bloomfield Road, where he headed numerous corners and free-kicks into the penalty area.


While one Charlie Adam corner caused embarrassment for the Frenchman when his mis-kick allowed the Scot to score direct from the set piece, the striker more than did his bit.

Looking forward to Sunday's visit of Birmingham City - a side he has already scored against this season - Piquionne believes team spirit will be vital to securing victory over the Blues.

"I think we're playing very well at the moment and we need to carry that on to Sunday," he told the new and improved West Ham TV

"We need to stay together - the fans and the club and everything - and everything will go well at the weekend."

While Piquionne mis-judged one Blackpool corner to comical effect, the France international forward generally plays an important role for the Hammers at defensive set-plays, patrolling the near post area and heading the ball powerfully clear whenever he gets the chance.

"I need to come back on the post for the corners and I stay on the front post to head the ball away and help the keeper. I think I do my job well.

"I think he took the corner and I took one step and I tried to clear the ball but I missed it!"

To hear Piquionne's interview in full, including his views on the club's January signings and his new partnership with Robbie Keane, log in to West Ham TV.