Cole says Hammers buoyed after City win, looks forward to Stoke

Carlton Cole implies that West Ham United's confidence-levels have risen following the win over Manchester City, meaning they should not fear Stoke City.

With 16 points tallied from nine games in the Premier League season, and a scalping list that includes Liverpool and Manchester City, West Ham United are confident they can be a match for any other team in the division.

That is the opinion of striker Carlton Cole, who is quoted by the club's official website to have lauded the strength of the Hammers squad, paid tribute to the quality that Stoke City currently possess whilst mentioning that they are self-assured enough to feel they can get a positive result from any ground in England.

"It's going to be a stern test for us," said Cole, who has scored twice thus far this season.

With a productive summer recruitment drive, manager Sam Allardyce has added to the might of the Hammers, with midfielder Alex Song and forward Diafra Sakho all proving to be excellent additions.

However, the Potters also have good performers: "They have a strong squad, but so do we and I think we can go anywhere and produce a result right now.

"We have to keep that in mind and know we're not inferior to anyone else," Cole added, in a reminder of the dangers of becoming complacent.

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