Pardew confident of more home comforts

Alan Pardew is confident that his side can bounce back from the 2-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday by continuing their winning home form against Wigan Athletic at Upton Park tomorrow night.

Although his team couldn't find the break they needed at Goodison Park to secure a long-awaited victory on the road, the Hammers boss insists that belief is still high among the group.

"When you look at it, our performance level was high against Everton and we certainly created more than perhaps we have done at some of our other away games this season," he says.

"The game was there for us and we had chances - and a lot of corners - but couldn't get anything from them. We will still take a lot of positives from that, but our focus is on getting the points and we start again now, with the Wigan game."

Paul Jewell and his Wigan side are nursing their own wounds after a 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Saturday but Pards is in no doubt that another high-level performance at the Boleyn Ground will be needed to break down the Latics.

"We're coming up against a team that is notoriously difficult to play against, in terms of their work-rate," he says. "They would have been hurt by their result at the weekend and will be looking to bounce back in some way, but so are we. We have a strong record at home and want to continue that.

"Anyone can see there is nothing wrong with the spirit in this squad. There is a great work-ethic within the group.

"Sometimes you just need a break, a bit of luck or that moment of inspiration that can turn things around for you. If we keep working at it, hopefully those breaks will come."