From the Boardroom - David Gold

West Ham United Joint-Chairman David Gold looks forward to the big London derby at Crystal Palace

I feel the international break has been a useful time for both Slaven and the squad as we look to get a few of the players back from injury.

I'm sure Slaven would have used the chance to work closely with the likes of Enner Valencia who played his first game in a behind-closed-doors friendly last week.

It is great to see Enner back in contention and we are not too far away from seeing Alex Song back in action so the signs are looking very promising on that front.

Andy Carroll also played the full ninety minutes against Reading and got on the scoresheet which is great to see.

Whenever I have seen Andy this season, he is looking so strong and desperate to get back into first-team action.

I know that the stats are on him are better than they have ever been before and it shows how hard he has worked throughout the summer, both in the gym and now out on the pitch again.

The obvious downside to the international break is that certain players like Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate have only just got back with the squad following their return from Senegal.

But the majority of Premier League Clubs have the same issue over this period and it is something we have become used to.

I want to pay special tribute to James Collins and Darren Randolph who enjoyed a memorable few days for their countries last week.

It proved to be a great night for Ginge last weekend and he deserves to be at a major tournament next summer. He has been a great servant for the Club and never lets you down.

Darren was also influential for the Republic of Ireland and played a major role in the winning goal against Germany.

I am sure he would have been thrilled with the victory that saw them secure a play-off place and will give him a lot of confidence as he returns to the Hammers.

We are now preparing for a big London derby against Crystal Palace and it is a top of the table clash!

Palace are flying high in the Premier League and they have certainly had an impressive start to the campaign, but whenever we play away from home I believe we can get something from the game.

I have said the same thing before our trips to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City and I feel exactly the same this weekend.

I am sure it will be end to end from both sides with so many good attacking players on show and we could be in for a high scoring game.

Alan Pardew has done a remarkable job and they were not in great shape when he first took over. But he has made them into a very good side.

I am thrilled with our start to the season and we added very wisely during the summer. The new signings have added to the strength of our squad and with the new manager, everything has come together.

I am sure there will be twists and turns throughout the season but we shouldn't be afraid of anyone and we are playing good entertaining football.

I hope all the fans who are travelling to Selhurst Park on Saturday have a safe journey and let's hope we can extend our unbeaten run in the Premier League to six games and come away with another three points on our travels.