Curbs cautious on Hammers hopes

Despite taking nine points from the last three games, Alan Curbishley today spoke with a measure of caution on the Hammers' hopes for survival.

"We were written off three or four weeks ago," he said. "Everyone was having a field day with us. But we haven't turned it around completely. There is a long way to go.

"We've been saying consistently that we're good enough to get out of it but results had to change. We've given ourselves a shout. Three games ago we were ten points behind, we've narrowed that now.

"Since the Spurs game I've been saying that we have to win the majority of our games. We have six games to go and we just have to attack each one as it comes along and get on with it. The result at the Emirates has given everyone a lift. But we won't go into the Sheffield United game with a kind of 'well, we beat Arsenal' attitude. We know this will be different."

And Curbs is fully aware of the threat posed by Neil Warnock's side. He added: "If you look at Neil's record, way back when he started at Notts County and Scarborough, he's a bit like Dave Bassett. Wherever he's gone he's done well and brought success. The pride he took in taking them up last year will only be equalled if he keeps them up.

"They've exceeded most pundits' expectations and he's done a fantastic job there. I've watched their last couple of games and they knock it about. But they're no more physical than anyone else."