Steve: We Can Do It

Steve Bywater still believes that the Hammers can catch Norwich in the race for promotion to the Premiership.

"I thought we were a better team than them on Saturday, to be honest; we had loads of chances in the first half, and a few in the second," he says.

"We are in the playoff area and hopefully we can catch West Brom or Norwich up.

"It is not unrealistic to look at Norwich but they are a long way away.

"It felt like a defeat on Saturday because the lads needed to win, we wanted to win - and we should have won, really.

"We were a bit deflated but we have to pick ourselves up for tonight.

"You have to move on; there is nothing you can do about Norwich and you can't look back in the past - that's what I am doing, that's what the lads are doing, and if selected I will do it."

Steve is quick to praise the contribution of Tomas Repka at the weekend, and adds:

"Tomas was magnificent on Saturday, there was just that header that didn't reach from which they scored.

"But he created our goal by going through a few players and Marlon did the rest.

"He deserves to be known as a good defender because he has done really well, and Christian is a good partner for him."

As for West Ham's reduction to 10 men when Matthew Etherington was sent off, he adds:

"I think the sending off was ridiculous, and it was the fans winding the ref up saying the ball wasn't in the 'D'.

"Mattie is not one to abuse the ref, he has made a horrible decision and you never know - with five minutes left and 11 men we could have gone on and won.

"One extra inch in the 'D' is not going to make any difference; it was in it.

"It deflates you a bit losing a man, but you just have to work that bit harder - we were under a bit of pressure but we coped with it all right."