West Ham forward Andy Carroll says he is looking forward to facing former club Newcastle at Upton Park on Saturday.
The England international has found form ahead of a reunion with the Tyneside outfit, having scored four goals in his last five appearances in the Premier League.
And he is eager to help Hammers bounce back from their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City with a win over Alan Pardew’s men.
“It will be a tough game, it is always difficult to play against them – they probably haven’t had the season they wanted in terms of where they are in the league, but can still be a force and I am just looking forward to playing them,” he told the club’s official website.
“We did have a great result up there back in November, Kev [Nolan] got the goal. And we are playing really well at home and getting the results here, so we will definitely be looking to keep that going at the weekend as we feel confident.
“We went into Saturday’s game on the back of five games unbeaten so it is always disappointing when a run like that is broken.
“But as I said, we are confident at home and it is all about making sure we finish the season in the strongest way possible and we will be trying to do that again with another good result at home on Saturday.”
The 24-year-old also expressed delight at having kept up his scoring run by netting a late consolation goal as Sam Allardyce’s men lost out to City.
“Getting another goal was good, really good, because that keeps the run [of goals] going for me,” he continued.
“I want to be scoring for the team all the time, as many as I can, in every match if I can, so it was important to put that one in.
“But obviously at the end of the day we are disappointed because we lost. You want to win and it is about the team, but I thought we played well and kept it as tight as we could, even though they had a lot of the ball so it was hard at times.
“The finish from Yaya Toure to get the result for them was great. There was nothing any of us could do about that strike.”