Curbs: Still light at the end of the tunnel

Bobby Zamora's stunning first-half winner fired Hammers to within just three points of Premiership safety. And that crucial victory over fifth-placed Everton kept West Ham on track to achieve Alan Curbishley's 38-point survival target.

"We've been patching Bobby up and sending him out there and he's been revelling in that," revealed the Hammers' boss after seeing his top-scorer bag his 11th league goal of the season to make it four wins from the last six outings. "He's fit, strong and honest and he's scored some terrific goals for us.

"Overall, though, it was a fantastic result and the players put in some terrific performances.

"We've been chasing too many games since I arrived here but whenever we've given ourselves and the fans a chance, you can see the difference in our play.

"Once again, the win came against a top side but now we've got to start thinking about how we're going to reproduce that against a team that's in a similar situation to ourselves.

"The side didn't turn up at Sheffield United last Saturday but it's definitely got to turn up at Wigan Athletic next week!

"We haven't done enough against the teams around us at the bottom of the table and that's got to change on Saturday.

"I've said all along that we've still got to win the majority of our games and aim for 38 points to give ourselves a chance.

"And at 4:45pm next week it could all be altered around at the bottom of the table again.

"There's still some light at the end of the tunnel."