Spence shines again

Jordan Spence continued his impressive start to his month-long loan at Bristol City by helping them to a second straight win in four days - this time against promotion-chasing Portsmouth.

The Hammers right-back played the full 90 minutes in Tuesday's 2-1 triumph at Ashton Gate, as he had in Saturday's 4-1 win away to Coventry City, and did well against a Pompey strikeforce including David Nugent (pictured)and Dave Kitson. Spence is also benefitting from playing in front of City's England goalkeeper David James.

The 20-year-old is relishing his second taste of Championship football after eleven games at Scunthorpe United last season. He had established himself as the Hammers reserve-team captain this campaign but knew a loan spell would help his long-term hopes of adding to the one senior appearance he has for West Ham.

Spence, who can also play centre-half but prefers the full-back position, said: "I've come here to play games and my aim, first and foremost, is to do well for Bristol City. But it's also a chance to show the people at West Ham what I can do and I'm looking upon the next couple of months as a big opportunity for me personally.

"If the team is doing well and I'm playing regularly, then the rest will take care of itself."