Sam eyes 'hero status'

The last time West Ham United won at Millwall, in December 1988, Sam Baldock was four months away from being born.

That afternoon, Paul Ince was the Hammers' match-winner - the same Paul Ince who helped to shape Baldock's career during two spells in charge at MK Dons.

Nearly 23 years later and West Ham's new No7 is itching to follow in the footsteps of his former boss by netting the winning goal at The Den on Saturday.

"Hero status is up for grabs," the 22-year-old told "If there is a chance of me getting on the pitch, then I'd love to get on and show them what I can do.

"It would be a great stage on which to make my mark."

After joining West Ham from MK Dons on 26 August, Baldock was an unused substitute for last Saturday's 4-3 npower Championship victory over Portsmouth.

Having watched his team-mates collect three points from that fixture, the forward wants to play his part in scoring what would be the club's fourth consecutive away league victory.

Success at the home of the Lions would be nothing new to Baldock, who banged in two goals in MK Dons' 4-0 League One victory over Millwall in October 2008.

Then just 19, the Aylesbury-born player gave a huge sign of the promise that tempted Sam Allardyce to move for his services last month, scoring twice from close-range past former West Ham trainee David Forde.

Baldock is confident that his new club can achieve a similar result this weekend.

"I have won at Millwall before. I won there and it is one of my fondest memories because it was in one of my first games away from home. We turned them over 4-0 and I scored twice on the day.

"They are a very strong, quite physical side and I have no doubt that the crowd will get them up for it, but with the natural ability we have got in our squad, if we play our natural game we should come out on top."