Stewart Downing has targeted two wins from West Ham United's next two Barclays Premier League matches, starting against Fulham at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

Attaining maximum points against the Cottagers and then bottom of the table Crystal Palace on Tuesday would boost a Hammers team who've slipped to 17th in the league following a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea last weekend.

After a run of five games without a win, Downing believes that the team must be aiming to achieve two victories from these two important matches as they bid to start climbing the table.

He told whufc.com: "Two wins from our next two fixtures has to be the aim. We've spoken about it during the week and no disrespect to them but I think we've been unlucky against most of the teams when we've drawn or lost.

"We've got to be looking for two wins or at least four points. It's more important as they're teams that are in and around us so it's a big incentive for us to pull away from those teams.

"We don't need anyone to tell us how big these games are, Fulham are on the same points as us and the manager has been getting us right up for the game at the weekend."

The summer signing from Liverpool has been in tough situations before with his boyhood club Middlesbrough when they were battling in the lower half of the table.

Other senior players have also been in a similar situation and the winger believes that this previous experience will help the team out of their current situation.

"I've been in this situation before with Middlesbrough and Aston Villa a little bit and a few of the lads have as well like Kevin Nolan at Newcastle so we have a lot of lads who've been in and around it and know how to cope.

"You know what to expect and sometimes things don't go your way but you just have to keep going.

"We have to stick together because it's easy to throw your arms in the air and blame other people but it's up to us. The manager picks the team and it's up to us to go out and get a result."

Three of the side's next four matches are against the trio of teams currently occupying the drop-zone with a home match against Sunderland on 14 December preceded by a trip to Anfield the week before.

Home advantage in two of those three clashes could be crucial and Downing is hopeful that the support of the Boleyn Ground crowd will help the team overcome Saturday's visitors Fulham.

"I think we've got the players to hurt Fulham, especially at home where we'll have a good crowd that will get behind us.

"They were a little disappointed at the weekend which is understandable and they made their feelings known. The only thing we can do to change that is play well and make sure we get a result. We've got a good set of lads here that want to get results."