Benayoun: Fans spurred us on

After firing the Hammers into a 2-0 lead against Wigan Athletic on Saturday, Yossi Benayoun admitted the atmosphere generated by the travelling army of West Ham United fans made all the difference.

"It felt like home at Wigan," he said. "All through the game all I could hear was the supporters singing. They really deserved the win, they've had a lot of difficult times this year and I think they just want to see commitment from everyone.

"That is what we have shown in the last few games. We have the commitment, we want to win every game and we're doing everything we can to stay up. Hopefully it will be enough.

"We have a chance. If we beat Bolton we will have a really good chance to stay up and we will have to do it. The West Ham supporters are wonderful; they deserve a team in the Premiership. We know they will support us on Saturday and hopefully cheer us to victory."

Yossi was pleased to be back on the score sheet after his second-half finish in the 3-0 victory at the JJB Stadium, but insisted the points were imperative.

"We created a lot of good chances when we moved the ball up the field," he said. "For my goal, Bobby gave me the ball for a one on one and I'm glad the ball went in - finally! It's been a long time, but the most important thing is the win and the three points.

"It was a big game with a lot of pressure but we came at them from the first minute. We worked hard and everyone saw that we were the better team from the start and we completely deserved the win.

"The celebrations are over and we have to think about Bolton now. If we don't beat Bolton it's like we didn't do anything against Wigan. They need the points also but we need to win and I believe we can do it."