Christian Belief

Christian Dailly insists that the Hammers must bounce back quickly from Wednesday's disappointing result at Southampton when his former Blackburn Rovers team-mates visit Upton Park on Saturday.

Two poorly conceded goals handed victory to the Saints in a game the Hammers should really have killed off in the first half, and the Scottish international defender admits that a winning performance is needed against the Worthington Cup finalists this weekend

"It was very disappointing at Southampton and our away form has generally been poor all season. That is a problem we have to solve, but we must make sure we keep up the good home form we have shown.

"The one good thing this week is that we have the chance to bounce back very quickly against Blackburn and get ourselves back on track before we face Chelsea in the cup on Wednesday. It would be nice to go into that one feeling confident after a good performance against Rovers."

The visit of his former club not only gives Christian a chance to get one over on his old club-mates, but also presents the opportunity to ease the pain of our humiliating 7-1 defeat at Ewood Park earlier in the season.

That day, Christian was substituted at half-time with the Hammers 3-1 down as Glenn Roeder tried desperately to salvage something from the game. Sadly, the sending-off of Tomas Repka turned the afternoon into a damage limitation exercise and the proud Scotsman admits to still feeling hurt about the occasion.

"It was horrible. 7-1 is an embarrassing result for any professional footballer and it was a bad time for us all. I still think the sending-off played a big part in the final scoreline, because we had looked like getting back into it at 3-1, but there is no excuse for that kind of result.

"We turned things around after that, though, and went on a good winning run, which proved that this squad has got the spirit to bounce back. We need to do it again on Saturday and try to get another of those runs going.

"It's unbelivably tight this year, I've never seen anything like it. There is a matter of a few points between eighth and 14th place, and a couple of wins can push you right up there.

"Of course, that also means a couple of defeats can leave you close to the relegation zone, so we know that the next few matches are going to be very important.

"It doesn't matter who we play against, we have just got to start showing the kind of determination and form that we were enjoying in December and push ourselves as high up the table as possible."