West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola has heaped praise on Jack Collison after his goal scoring performance at Portsmouth on Boxing Day.

Zola told whufc.com: "Jack was awesome. He is performing very well but apart from the performance, the confidence and the personality he is showing on the pitch is outstanding.

"He looks like he has been playing at this level for years and I am very pleased with him. He has improved so much since we started working with him and I am very happy. I am very happy that we are able to give young players like him a chance to play."