Lars looks forward

Lars Jacobsen insists West Ham United cannot hope for any favours when they travel to manager-less West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The Hammers right-back knows the Baggies will be desperate to halt a run of 13 defeats in 18 matches that ended with the departure of boss Roberto Di Matteo on Sunday.

First-team coach Michael Appleton is expected to take charge of West Brom this weekend, with a permanent replacement for Di Matteo not expected to be appointed until next week.

The Baggies sit two points above West Ham ahead of Saturday's vital Barclays Premier League fixture at The Hawthorns, and Jacobsen knows he and his colleagues will have to be at their best to bring three points back to east London.


"We can't concentrate on what other teams are doing," the 31-year-old told West Ham TV. "We have to look at ourselves and we'll do that on Saturday, regardless of who is managing them and who is not and who is playing and who is not.

"We just have to concentrate on ourselves and make sure we get the three points because we need them. Nobody is going to help us - we have to do it ourselves."

Jacobsen was as disappointed as anyone following Sunday's 1-0 home defeat by Birmingham City - more so because the Blues created next to nothing aside from Nikola Zigic's second-half winner.

"I think everybody knew that we had to win on Sunday but we didn't, so it was a very big disappointment for us. We just have to pick ourselves up and perform next week at West Brom.

"I think we created chances, especially in the first half, and I can't remember any that they had apart from the goal."

Jacobsen should line up for Denmark in Wednesday's international friendly against England in Copenhagen, where he could face Robert Green, Scott Parker and Carlton Cole, but the Odense-born defender admits the club's predicament is weighing on his mind.

"Right now, I'm disappointed and will be disappointed for a while and then I'll think about that game."