Bowyer experience key for Hammers

Lee Bowyer has made an important impact for the Hammers since returning from injury six weeks ago and the team have benefited from his hard work and experience.

"Against Arsenal we got the goal and then we all had to stay solid and strong," he said. "I was just putting myself in the right positions at the right times, but that comes with experience. It's not about chasing the ball everywhere, but knowing where the ball's going to go.

"I give my all every game, especially now coming to the end of the season. I missed a patch with my shoulder and I want to try and help us stay up. We're definitely moving in the right direction."

Lee admitted spirits in the camp are high after the Hammers' recent run. "It's amazing what a couple of results can do," he said. "Since I've been back we've had four games and we should have won them all really. You can see everyone's happier.

"We've been working really hard in training and in the games. Our stats and our work rate is the highest it's been all season. I think you can tell how much we're putting into it."

Looking ahead to tomorrow's crucial clash at Bramall Lane, Lee said: "It's going to be a tough game. It's going to be physical because that's how they play. They go long quite a bit and they play for second balls. They play quite similar to Watford.

"It's going to be very physical, it's at their ground and they're going to have their support. But as long as we match them in terms of physicality, I think we've got individual class that will show through. But we have to match them in every department.

"We've got to go to Sheffield United and be 100% focused on that and get those three points. Then we've got Chelsea. Anything can happen at Upton Park, we've played and beat the top sides here. There's no reason why we couldn't do the same against Chelsea.

"We've won our last three games, we've won at the Emirates and no one else has done that. We can't get carried away but it's all in our hands."