By John Egbokhan
Nigerian striker Obinna Nsofor has urged his teammates to cultivate a winning mentality if they hope to come out good at the end of the Premier League season.
Obinna, who netted three goals in the FA Cup forth round tie against Nottingham Forrest, is set to lead the attacking line of the Hammers as they host Birmingham City, who might feature another Nigerian hitman, Obafemi Martins, in a Premier League tie holding Sunday.
Speaking to his club’s website, Nsofor said it was important for the Coach Avram Grant side to start racking up points in order for them to escape the drop to the Championship.
“Most of all, we have to take our winning mentality into the Premier League, which is our priority this season.”
Recalling the highlight of his treble, which was his second goal, the forward admitted that he had not exactly meant to beat Forest goalkeeper with a swerving, dipping 30-yard strike from near the right touchline.
“Well, so many people have asked me about the same thing! As a striker, the most important thing is to put the ball in the back of the net. I was a bit lucky for that goal. It was a mix. I wanted to cross and I wanted to shoot but in the end it went in so I was very happy.
“In England it is the first hat-trick I have scored by I scored one in Italy. I scored one in Serie B for Chievo Verona against, I can’t remember who we played, but it was a fantastic hat-trick! They were good goals! This [ball] is really nice. Maybe my Mum will be able to keep it!”