West Ham United striker Carlton Cole hopes to put one over West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke today.

The Hammers striker, restored to the first-team in Andy Carroll's injury-enforced ­absence, knows Clarke from their time ­together at Chelsea and Upton Park.

He said: "When I was a youth-team player at Chelsea, Steve Clarke was the one who pushed me through to the ­first-team. I've always appreciated him from then.

"When he came to ­Upton Park, I was like, 'Wow, we've got Steve Clarke here, he's going to get the best out of me, I know he loves me as a player', and it helped me. I know he's going to try and bully me, but I've got a few tricks up my sleeve. Hopefully, I can outwit him."