Chadwell Chatter

Hello everybody,

This is the first opportunity I've had to write a column this season and I'd like to start by thanking all the fans for their unbelievable support during the win over Manchester City.

The support was massive and it gave us the belief and energy we needed to beat a very good City side. I thought every single one of the lads but in a performance last Saturday and we deservedly got the three points.

Our front men have been incredible so far this season, having trained with them for a while now I know how good they really are. Trust me, there is no fluke behind Diafra's goal streak or Enner's ability, they are both top quality players. We've also got Carlton scoring off the bench which is another positive.

Against City, we were 2-0 up when David Silva scored. As a defender I obviously want to get as many clean sheets as possible but you have to take your hat off to a goal of that quality.

When you concede late on you always have doubts in the back of your mind but the fans got right behind us and it made that last ten minutes a lot easier. I've been at West Ham for eight years now and they've always been great to me.

We're on the crest of a wave at the moment so hopefully that will continue for as long as possible.

Our next game, Stoke away, is a notoriously difficult game. They're a strong side, particularly at home, so we'll have to be at our best to secure a positive result.

We got great confidence from beating Man City, the current champions and the squad is looking good in training. Added to that the few players that are out injured are making good progress and will hopefully be back soon.

On Tuesday, I went to our Club Store signing at Lakeside Thurrock alongside Morgan Amalfitano and Alex Song. It is always great to see the huge number of people turning up for these events. The turnout was unbelievable, some of them said they've been queuing for hours!

On a personal level, I'm delighted to be back in the side after my injury. Obviously I didn't get off to a great start getting sent off against Tottenham on the opening day but I've really enjoyed the last two games and I can't wait for our next home match against Aston Villa next Saturday.

Come on you Irons!