McCartney impressed by fans' passion

After experiencing the rousing atmosphere during the Chelsea match at Upton Park on Wednesday night, George McCartney sang the praises of the Hammers fans and asked for more of the same from tomorrow's clash with Everton.

"The fans have been terrific all season," he said. "They just want to see the players putting their all in and they come to Upton Park to watch good performances. They applauded us off against Chelsea, even though we lost 4-1, because they saw we just didn't get the breaks. Come tomorrow they'll be raring to go again because everyone knows what's at stake."

George admitted that Wednesday's performance had been worthy of praise but that Chelsea triumphed by showed their Premiership-winning quality.

"I think when you see the 4-1 score line people will think that Chelsea hammered us but for about 50 or 60 minutes I thought we were the better team. They scored two really good goals, we replied to their first but they replied to ours just as soon after. That's why they're challenging for the Premiership and the Champions League.

"They're a top team and they have some great players and they showed against us just what a top team they are. We didn't take our chances and they punished us.

"If we had played like that last Saturday we'd have beaten Sheffield United by three or four goals. But Bramall Lane is a tough place to play, their supporters are really loud and they got in some challenges which rattled us early on. From the moment their first goal went in we were always chasing the game."

With the Club's Premiership status in the balance, George insists that belief in the camp is still strong.

"We have to pick ourselves us from those two results," he said. "Every game is a must-win. We're all now looking to get three points against Everton. If we can put in a similar performance as we did on Wednesday then we can get a result.

"If the manager heard any of the players admitting defeat we'd be out of the team. Everyone at the club still believes we have a good chance of staying up. The last two defeats were disappointing but we have four games left and the possibility of picking up 12 points. Until it's mathematically impossible for us to stay up we'll believe we can do it. We'll all be fighting to the end."