From the Boardroom - David Gold

West Ham United Joint-Chairman David Gold looks ahead to the big London derby at White Hart Lane

I know all the fans are excited and looking forward to the London derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Every season this is a big fixture for everyone connected with the Club and we always have a special game when we play Tottenham.

It is quite clear that we have closed the gap and I know all the fans will have special memories of our big results over them in the last couple of years.

We were unlucky when we played Spurs last season, especially the game at White Hart Lane when we went two goals in front and then conceded a penalty with the last kick of the game deep into injury time.

It shows how far we have come that we are disappointed not to get anything from these big games and we go there once again with even more confidence having recorded such memorable away wins over Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

The away victory over Crystal Palace was also a big result for Slaven and the players because that is not an easy place to go and it shows the quality we have now got in the squad. We will be hoping for a similar outcome on Sunday.

We are certainly showing our credentials this season and our job was to build a squad of players that could compete and make the top four look over their shoulders.

We are of course saddened by the news that Dimitri Payet will be ruled out of action for three months and we wish him well in his recovery.

We have talented players who are desperate to get into the squad and I know we will have another strong line-up and another strong bench for the game this weekend.

It will not be easy against a Tottenham side who have performed well this season and have a good squad of players and a good manager. But we got there full of optimism and confident that we can come away with a positive result.

We have players like Alex Song and Diafra Sakho who are ready to come back into the squad and that is a big boost for Slaven.

Sakho is an exceptional player and I don't think there is another striker in the Premier League who covers as much ground as he does. He is not just a goalscorer and works so hard for the team.

I hope all the fans have a safe trip to Tottenham on Sunday and their support has been amazing this season. They have exceeded all my expectations, especially away from home when they have travelled around the country.

I am sure on Sunday they will be magnificent once again.