Cole frustrated at Hammers

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Carlton Cole has spoken of his frustration at being unable to command a regular first team place at West Ham so far this season.

The former England Under-21 international joined The Hammers from Chelsea in the summer in a bid for regular football, after finding himself marginalised during his time at Stamford Bridge.

However, despite scoring on the opening day of the Premiership season against Charlton, the script has failed to change for the 23-year-old at his new residence of Upton Park.

Alan Pardew's surfeit of strikers has limited Cole's playing time, with Marlon Harewood, Teddy Sheringham, Bobby Zamora and Carlos Tevez all competing for a place in the Hammers front-line.

Cole admits he has become frustrated with his lot in East London, but the former Blues striker is still hopeful of his prospects improving in the future as he grows accustomed to his new club.

"It's been quite frustrating," Cole said. "Bobby started well and it hampered my progression getting in the team.

"He has gone with Marlon ahead of me and sometimes Carlos has played.

"Now I am trying to settle down so hopefully things will go to plan."

The Hammers striker will be desperate to be given the chance to play against former club Chelsea when Pardew takes his side to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and, despite his struggles with The Blues, Cole has nothing but praise for former boss Jose Mourinho.

"I have nothing against Mourinho, I'll go over there and shake his hand and he'll probably give me some banter and stick," Cole added.

"Mourinho is a winner and there is competition with any manager that he comes face to face with.

"Whenever you were in the changing rooms, you felt that he was a winner and that nothing but a win would be good enough for him. That's his mentality."