Piquionne expects Reds boost
Frederic Piquionne expects West Ham to carry the momentum from their Liverpool victory into the weekend.
Last Updated: 02/03/11 10:54am
Frederic Piquionne has urged West Ham to carry the momentum from their Liverpool victory into their impending clash against Stoke.
The Hammers, currently second-bottom of the Premier League, enjoyed a surprise win at Upton Park on Sunday, seeing off the Reds 3-1.
And 32-year-old striker Piquionne, who has scored three goals in four games against the Potters since arriving in English football last season with Portsmouth, hopes the Hammers can continue their good form on Saturday.
"We will take lots of confidence from the Liverpool win," he told West Ham's official website.
"It was very good and we are pleased we played well and scored lots of goals. We need to keep this going.
"We are confident but we have to do the job against Stoke."
Piquionne feels the competitive nature of the bottom half of the table this season could work in West Ham's favour, with the East Londoners just one point away from safety and only six adrift of mid-table.
"The league is crazy this season," he added. "There are not many points between many teams and it is very close.
"We cannot think about anyone else but must focus on getting the points ourselves and try to win every game."
Piquionne, who is competing for a starting berth with in-form Carlton Cole and Demba Ba, has called on his team-mates to give their all going into the climactic months of the campaign.
He said: "If everyone can play to their best, then we have a chance of winning more games and we can stay up.
"Every game is important, starting with Stoke on Saturday."