Hayden hoping to finish the season on a high

Hayden Mullins was delighted to get back to winning ways in the Premiership against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Having missed the previous week's 4-2 home defeat against Portsmouth, the Hammers midfielder, who celebrates his 27th birthday today, was a tower of strength as Alan Pardew's men came from behind to snatch a last-minute victory at the JJB Stadium, and admits the players are determined to finish their league campaign on a high.

"It was a great win and the perfect way to bounce back from two league defeats," he says. "It showed great character from the boys and I think it was the sixth time this season we've come from behind to win.

"That is a great asset to have, and there is a real belief among the team that we are capable of winning matches even if we do concede the first goal.

"It's important that we focus on the Premiership as our priority at the moment. The FA Cup semi-final isn't for another four weeks and there are five games to play before then.

"We want to push ourselves as high up the table as we can and enjoy a successful finish to the season - in the league and the cup."

Next up is a mouth-watering trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Wednesday night, and Hayden insists that the feel-good factor among the players at present means they won't be daunted by the task.

"It's another big game for us and the boys are looking forward to it," he says. "It's nice to be able to go there without any fear and, after the week we've had, we will be confident about getting a result."