Zola relief as Boa Morte returns

BY foxsports • April 20, 2010

Boa Morte continued his comeback from a knee injury today (Tuesday) by completing his first full 90 minutes in 11 months for West Ham reserves against Tottenham. The 32-year-old, who returned to reserve-team action against Wolves last week, had not played a full match since West Ham's victory over Middlesbrough on the final day of last season. West Ham were beaten 3-0 by Liverpool on Monday night and now have three matches to save their top-flight status - starting against Wigan at Upton Park on Saturday. Zola said: "It is nice to have Luis Boa Morte back around the squad. He is another important player for his enthusiasm and his energy. We have missed him on and off the pitch but hopefully he will be able to play his part before the end of the season." Carlton Cole is set to be fit to play against Wigan after he was substituted early at Anfield and, with Scott Parker back from suspension, Zola has demanded an immediate reaction from his team. "We are frustrated but we have to move on quickly because we have a massive game coming up on Saturday," said Zola. "We made costly mistakes and didn't play very well. I've told the players that we cannot afford to do that again. Saturday is very, very important for us. "Carlton Cole had a slight problem, it is not a big issue, which is why he had to come off. We needed to make sure he is ready for Saturday. "We will have Scott Parker back this weekend which is very positive. He is a very talented and key player for us. Everyone knows what he gives us in terms of his passion and commitment. "It will be good to have him back but we have to win as a team and everyone will have to produce a performance. "We all know how important the Wigan game is. We will be ready. We have four days to prepare and we will be doing it in the best way possible. None of us are pleased about this performance. We can only react, play better and win the game on Saturday."