Cole eyes Man United repeat

The snowy evening of 30 November 2010 was arguably Carlton Cole's finest hour in a West Ham United shirt.

Along with his goal and assist in the 2012 Championship Play-Off final win over Blackpool at Wembley, Cole's two-goal League Cup quarter-final show in the 4-0 victory over Manchester United will always bring a smile to the striker's face.

As the No24 prepares to face the Red Devils at the Boleyn Ground again on Saturday - the 15th time he will take them on in a West Ham shirt - Cole's memory was cast back to that famous cup success.

"It's a massive fixture and I think all the lads are up for it," said Cole, who also scored at Old Trafford in the reverse Barclays Premier League fixture this season. "We always play well under the lights as well, so we'll give them a good game.

"Of course we can beat them. We had a great win against them in the League Cup one time, which I think ended 4-0 and I notched two goals!

"The big games are what you live for and all the players live for that and the manager wants to get one over them and get an upset."

Carlton Cole

Carlton Cole scored twice in a 4-0 win over Manchester United in 2010

With two home games in five days - Manchester United followed by the visit of Hull City on Wednesday 26 March - the Hammers have the opportunity to collect the points they need to secure Barclays Premier League safety as soon as possible.

"Obviously we need to get the points under out belts now at home and, with the games we have coming up away from home, any sort of results there would be good for us.

"We can start steering our way to safety and secure a top-ten finish."


Should Cole and company do just that, they will certainly be able to enjoy the 2013/14 Player Awards, which will be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane on Tuesday 6 May.

There, the England international will hope to secure his fifth Top Goalscorer award, but he knows he faces strong competition from last year's winner Kevin Nolan.

"Hopefully I'll add to my tally a few more before the end of the season. I'd love to win it again but I've got a tough competitor in Nobby, who pushed me right to wire the year before last.

"I ended up nicking it that year at the end and hopefully I can nick it again this season. I'm looking to notch so he better be aware!"

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