David Martin: It's a big opportunity

David Martin

David Martin says West Ham United need to make the most of an opportunity to move up the Premier League table when they take on Southampton at St Mary's Stadium this evening.

The Hammers head to the South Coast looking to put Monday's defeat to Arsenal behind them, and knowing victory would put four points between them and the Saints.

Martin is set to continue in goal as Lukasz Fabianski continues to work his way back from a hip problem, and he would love to register the second victory of his stint between the posts.

"For me, they're all big games, but this one is in a different way," he said. "It's an opportunity and it would be massive to take all three points."

"We played some good stuff against Arsenal on Monday. We watched the video back and we felt like 'how did we lose that game?' It's frustrating but all you can do is come in the next day, look at what we did right and what we did wrong, and go at it again - and that's what we've done."

It's an opportunity at Southampton today and it would be massive to take all three points

David Martin

Martin is convinced the Hammers have the ability in the squad to turn their recent form around, and says their mentality will help them to do that.

"It was an eye-opener coming here [to the Premier League] and seeing what these boys can do," he admitted. "It's a learning curve for me, even at 33, and I come into training and see some of the things they do and I can see it's there, but it just needs that little kick [and we'll move back up the table].

"When I came into the dressing room I saw the way Nobes is as skipper and the way he is with the boys, everyone is in it together. Everyone wants to do well for the supporters and for the club.

"For me, I'm going to try and enjoy [this run of games] as much as I can. I'm enjoying playing the games, but I'll enjoy it more with three points."