Piq up your cup tickets

Frederic Piquionne is relishing the prospect of facing Birmingham City in a rousing Carling Cup semi-final first leg at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday week.

Last season, the striker scored both goals as Portsmouth won 2-0 against the Blues in the FA Cup quarter-finals before hitting the crucial first goal at Wembley as Pompey beat Tottenham Hotspur by the same score in the semi-finals.

With the club on a high, Piquionne sees no reason why West Ham cannot emulate his former club - and is expecting a major Carling Cup night under the lights on Tuesday 11 January.

He said: "We have good enough players to maybe win the cup. It would be nice but it will be a tough game. I have played at Wembley and it is a great stadium. I was there with Portsmouth last year and it would be nice to go one better and win a trophy with West Ham.

"West Ham fans are very loyal and passionate. I enjoy playing in front of them. I like Upton Park, the pitch, the fans - everything about it. I like to play in big games and to score in these matches. I will be trying to do that again. I just want to do my best."