Carlton Cole was in a buoyant mood after scoring the winner in the Hammers' Carling Cup first leg victory over Birmingham.

Cole scuffed a shot straight at Ben Foster, who inexplicably let it go through his legs, before turning away to celebrate in embarrassment.

Speaking to the official site Cole said, “I’m chuffed to have scored the winning goal.  I hope we can go over to their place and capitalise on this win because it would be good for the fans and good for us mentally to help us get out of the trouble we’re in in the league.

“Winning in the cup is a habit that we need to take to the Premier League now to help us get up the table and out of the position that we’re in.

“We showed great spirit tonight and worked hard with ten men and we got our reward.  We need to show that same spirit in all our matches between now and the end of the season and we’ll have a great chance to reach the final of the Carling Cup and also get ourselves up the league table.”