Thursday, 6th February, 2014

West Ham striker Carlton Cole has urged his side to focus fully on their upcoming crucial Premier League game against Aston Villa on Saturday, revealing a team meeting has laid out exactly what must be done.

The Hammers, who are currently 18th in the league with 22 points from 24 games, managed to pick up four points from their previous two outings, courtesy of a goalless draw with Chelsea and a 2-0 win over Swansea City.

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And Cole admitted that the recent positive results have given his side a big boost in their bid to avoid relegation this term.

However, the 30-year-old revealed that manager Sam Allardyce insisted in a team meeting that West Ham “have to do more” in order to remain in the Premier League.


"Obviously the boys have been buzzing but it's important that we focus on the next game now”, Cole told his club’s official site.

“We had a team meeting and the gaffer knows that we have to do more if we want to stay in this league.

“We've set our targets now and all the boys know what we need to do to stay in it."

Cole, who previously spent seven years at Upton Park, was released by the Hammers last summer but rejoined them on a short deal soon after.

Allardyce’s side signed the ex-England international on an 18-month deal in January following the end of his short-term contract at the club.

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