Joey O'Brien insists West Ham United can handle a difficult month ahead.

They now face a nightmare run of games, with Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal and West Brom away plus Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton to come at home before Christmas.

But Hammers defender O'Brien said: "We were in the Championship last year and when times got bad that's what we said our aim was, to play against the Uniteds and Spurs and teams like that.

"So we look forward to it. It's tough but that's what it's about."