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Carlton Cole hoping goals earn West Ham stay

West Ham United striker Carlton Cole was delighted to be on the mark in victory over Fulham.

Should he keep scoring, Cole admits his chances of prolonging his stay beyond January, when his contract expires, will improve.

"I want to stay, of course, and I'm very confident," he said.

"I know the ins and outs of the club. Sometimes change is good but I'm here and have been here for so long - I'd like to stay on.

"It's up to the manager. I can only play my best and try to play to my capacity on the field. Whatever they will do in the future is beyond my control.

"We'll see how it goes. I'm fit now, I've always been working for my fitness and the manager has been waiting for the right time for me to start."

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