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PUBLISHED: 10:16 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:46 05 October 2010

By JONATHAN CLEGG WEST HAM midfielder Jack Collison admits he would have happily traded his first Premier League goal for a win against Everton after opening his account for the Hammers in last weekend s defeat at Upton Park. Collison s spectacular strike

By JONATHAN CLEGG

WEST HAM midfielder Jack Collison admits he would have happily traded his first Premier League goal for a win against Everton after opening his account for the Hammers in last weekend's defeat at Upton Park.

Collison's spectacular strike looked to have earned West Ham all three points but a heartbreaking late collapse condemned Gianfranco Zola's side to a fifth defeat in six games and overshadowed the 20-year-old's first senior goal.

The Wales Under-21 international, who has been tipped to receive a full call-up next week, expressed his delight at getting off the mark for the Hammers, but admitted that his achievement was soured by the result.

"It was nice to get my first Premier League goal but of course the result was disappointing," Collison said. "Especially as we played so well and no one would have argued that, before they scored, we would have been worthy winners.

"But that's what happens in football, things change so quickly, everything turns and suddenly you're 3-1 down.

"There was disbelief in the dressing room as to why we hadn't won the game but we will go out again in training this week and put all that hard work into another good performance to get the right result against Portsmouth."

Hammers boss Zola has promised a shake-up of the side as he attempts to end the club's alarming winless sequence and Collison could be set for an extended run in the team after a series of steady displays.

There were echoes of former West Ham academy graduate Michael Carrick in the youngster's assured performance.

And his 63rd-minute strike suggests he could help the Hammers overcome their disturbing lack of goals from midfield.

Collison's habit of arriving late in the penalty area was in evidence at Middlesbrough a week earlier, when he missed two presentable chances, and his link-up with Scott Parker underlined an impressive understanding with his fellow midfielders.

"I knew what [Parker] was going to do," Collison said of the former Chelsea player's involvement in the goal.

"I knew the ball was going to end up in my path. He just dropped it back to me, it opened up and I was able to bend it around the keeper.

"It was a great touch from Scotty, but he does that every day in training, so that's why I was expecting it.

"Obviously when the ball was touched back to me, I was thinking about Middlesbrough a little bit.

"I was disappointed [not to score] last week and I think it was probably a harder chance this week, but I took it well.


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