Curbs pays tribute to chairman

Alan Curbishley today paid tribute to West Ham United Chairman Eggert Magnusson as he prepares his side to take on Chelsea tomorrow evening.

"He's very positive," Curbs said. "He's been positive all the time. I don't think many managers could wish for a better chairman. He knows what he wants and that's what's best for West Ham.

"He has to be greatly disappointed because he'd been hoping for better things. But he's very positive and he has a great drive. He's a really decent chairman."

After Saturday's disappointment at Bramall Lane, Curbs is hoping the Hammers can show their fighting spirit against the Premiership Champions.

"We need to win the majority of our games and we've lost big games against the teams around us," he said. "We lost to Charlton, Watford, Sheffield United and we've drawn with Fulham twice. They are big games and it's been a big blow.

"I think Sheffield United have celebrated as if it's enough for them. We have to win at least three of our remaining games to give ourselves a chance. We've got three home games and we have to win them.

"I was very disappointed with our performance up at Bramall Lane. But we'll go into tomorrow's game at Upton Park with 3 in wins in 4 games behind us. If we produce the kind of performance we have been producing at Upton Park recently, we'll give ourselves a chance against Chelsea."

And Curbs is looking for a big performance from Argentine forward Carlos Tevez in tomorrow's crucial encounter.

"I was disappointed with his performance on Saturday," Curbs admitted. "The way he's performed recently, certainly at Upton Park, has galvanised everyone. In the way he's attacked it, I've ended up having to sub him towards the end of those games. We need that kind of performance from him tomorrow night."