Macca aims to end Everton hoodoo

As a former Evertonian, West Ham United assistant manager Neil McDonald knows what to expect when travelling to Goodison Park.

West Ham do not have the best of records when travelling to Merseyside, with their last win at the home of the Blues coming back in 2005.

But with his team in fine form, McDonald, who played 90 league games for the Toffees between 1988-91, says now is the time to end that run.

He said: "Goodison is always a tough place to go, but they've played five games at home, they've only won one, drawn two and lost two, so it might not be a bad time to catch them. And our away form at the moment is very, very good.

"We have to try and maintain that as much as we can and when the chances come along, we have to do as we have been doing, and be very clinical and stick it in the back of the net and that will give us a good chance to pick some points up.

"I had three great seasons there and it's always nice to go back and pinch a few points off a club that you played for. We've done that in the past and I'm sure we'll do that in the future."

West Ham could welcome Andy Carroll back into their starting line-up for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery in the summer and McDonald says the 90 minutes he gained in a friendly against Fulham will stand him in good stead.

He added: "Andy's coming on leaps and bounds along with the rest of the boys as well. We scored three but we conceded three [against Fulham].

"The positives are that Andy's got through 90 minutes and the rest of the boys have been topped up and they're all ready to go for Everton, on who the manager chooses. And whoever the gaffer chooses, they'll be playing well, hopefully, they'll give a good account of themselves and they'll try to entertain the massive crowd that will be travelling up to Everton."