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Aston Villa v West Ham Managers Reaction

Carlton Cole and Marco Borriello played a dual role in Saturday’s superb 2-0 win at Aston Villa.

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They had 45 minutes apiece, which is what I talked to them about before the game and told them to go out and give us your best 45 minutes and help the team try and win. Both made a contribution on Saturday and they have to continue to do that. For me, what about this? Andy Carroll gets over his suspension, West Ham haven’t lost a game and won most of them, and Andy Carroll has to sit on the bench.

That would be nice! Every game recently has been massive in terms of trying to get the team in a better position in the league. I think that at the moment we’re in a fantastic vein of form and results, helped by the squad coming together more and staying fit. We do still have a few injuries, but I’m glad to say that Joe Cole and Mo Diame are back in the squad for Tuesday night’s game.

That increases the size of the squad, and Marco and Antonio Nocerino have settled in great too. I think that we’ve got a good squad of players to look at and give fierce competition. Good confidence is coming back to the team and we’re winning football matches which is the most important thing.

For Tuesday night against Norwich, we’ve just got to maintain first and foremost our defensive stability and not get carried away about opening ourselves up to Norwich thinking that we can go and win this game without doing that defensive responsibility, which has been our backbone this season. If we do that then we’ll have a great chance of taking another three points.

We are scoring goals at the moment, we’re not going to keep clean sheets in every single game, but certainly twelve clean sheets and nobody else bettering that at the moment is a fantastic base to build from.

I’m glad that Kevin is producing the goals because my pressure was that people were saying that he should no longer be captain, but my ultimate decision was that knowing how he works with the players as he does, and knowing the respect he has from his fellow professionals, that would have been the wrong thing to do.

The Chelsea result moved us forward in terms of having a couple of wins and now it’s a big challenge to maintain the level of performance and try to get another win on Tuesday. If you’re in and around the bottom three and you can get three wins on the trot, it’s some achievement with the pressure the players are under. We’ve got a great chance to do that on Tuesday.

Come on you Irons!

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