Michael: Much To Do

Michael Carrick insists there is still a lot of hard work to be done before he will be happy about the season's endeavours.

He knows that West Ham are so close to making the play-offs but says:

"That is part one just about done but I don't want to say too much because in football anything can happen.

"We are nearly there; we have got to put it to bed and then concentrate on the play-offs.

"It looks as though we have a good chance of getting in them now so everything is going to plan but there is still a long way to go before we actually achieve anything, so we are not getting carried away.

"Everyone went home happy on Saturday but as the gaffer said we haven't really achieved anything yet.

"We are going up there trying to win and end on a high, because the teams that go into the play-offs with confidence do well.

"You can't let the season fizzle out and then lift your game for the playoffs; we want to go out with four wins on the trot.

"A draw would see us through but we certainly don't want to go there and get beat - and we have sold 8,000 tickets so we want to put on a show for them.

"We just want to do as well as we can and if we end up finishing third, great, if not, we are full of confidence."

Michael admits the emotions of the recent ups and downs have taken their toll and adds:

"It was looking a bit grim, especially after losing to Palace, but we did well at Stoke the week before and against Watford.

"We have a great chance and a few weeks ago we'd have snapped your hand off to be told we would be in this position."

As for the three-way 'dispute' against Watford about who would re-take the penalty after Marlon Harewood's first effort and follow-up was blocked, Michael says:

"There is always handbags and I didn't want to get involved - I thought 'let them sort it out themselves'!

"Thankfully the ref blew up again and it was nice to get to 3-0."

Michael loved the atmosphere generated by the full house against Watford and adds:

"Even before the game I had a feeling it would be extra special and the fans got behind us - it was just like the old times, which was nice, and we just want to pay them back.

"The lads were in a good mood and started well in a great atmosphere - all credit to the boys who went out there and performed."

* Christian Dailly has been named in the Scotland squad for the friendlies with Estonia and Trinidad & Tobago on 27th and 30th May.