Dailly's Delight

Christian Dailly feels that his old Blackburn Rovers team mates are locked in a relegation battle - while the Hammers can now start looking up the table.

It is a totally different scenario from the one which greeted the aftermath of the 7-1 defeat at Blackburn earlier in the season, but now, after a humbler scoreline in the return fixture - though some might say a no less impressive performance by West Ham than Blackburn's at Ewood - Christian says the future can be bright for his team.

He spent much of Saturday in the tunnel chatting with old friends and colleagues - and much of the conversation was about the turnaround in the two clubs' respective fortunes since that fateful day back in October.

"Everyone is really buzzing about the result, especially after the humiliating time we had at Ewood Park last October," says Christian.

"We showed quite a lot of character, and it was a hard battling game in which we scored a couple of great goals. Now we can go on and enjoy the Chelsea game.

"It is a funny situation because Blackburn have got a lot of good players and it is sometimes quite hard to believe the situation they find themselves in right now.

"It is difficult, once you are in that situation, to get out of it. I have been there myself and I know what it is like.

"From our point of view, when you are kind of flirting with it a bit, to get a win like that puts us up there.

"The league is so tight and there is not much to choose between all the teams from seventh or eighth right down to the bottom.

"We are only a point behind Tottenham and everybody has been saying how well they've been doing, so we want to catch teams like that now.

"I said to the boys, if you get a couple of wins back to back, you shoot yourselves right up the table."

The mood at the club is in stark contrast to that on Wednesday night, when another away defeat, at Southampton, confirmed the Hammers' current travel sickness.

"Everybody was down and disappointed we didn't take something from that game," he says.

"We didn't really go for the jugular, and although we played some nice football in the first half we didn't hurt them enough.

"When that happens you are always susceptible to a goal against you, especially away from home.

"But we got a goal at a good time when we were pressing and going well on Saturday and it gave us something to defend.

"There have been loads of hard games lately, two a week, and it takes its toll.

"But we are showing good resilience and fitness - and it is great we bounced back on Saturday."