Nigel: Let's Confound Critics

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Nigel Winterburn admits that most observers wouldn't expect West Ham to beat Leeds - even though only three points separate the teams.

"We have got two big, hard games at home; maybe people are not expecting us to win this game but hopefully we can put in a good performance and get a win," he says.

"You have to keep looking forward; the Arsenal performance was a fantastic one and that is the heights we are looking for, but unfortunately this season we haven't done that enough.

"We want to get back to scoring goals, winning at home, and hopefully winning as well.

"It is about confidence and hard work, and it is just a case of keeping going because I think a win would be a massive lift for everybody.

"When you haven't won at home it is inevitable that people are going to start moaning; the fans pay their money and have a right to do that.

"But it is hard on Glenn because he puts the players out there, and he is relying on the players to help him out - but we are certainly not doing that very well at the moment.

"We have to keep trying because we are all in this together - no one gets left out and we all want to do well."

Leeds have their own problems at the moment, of course, and Nigel adds:

"Leeds are another club that are expected to do very well; they have not had a fantastic start either and everyone that is struggling will find themselves under pressure.

"That is the nature of the job, you have to accept that, and get on with it."

Nigel, who came on as a second half substitute against Oldham on Wednesday, is hoping for a recall against Leeds and concludes:

"I have always said that I want to play; even in these circumstances I am still ambitious, otherwise I wouldn't still be here."