Dailly demands mental strength

As West Ham United's longest-serving player, Christian Dailly is well aware of what's at stake in our remaining games this season.

The 33-year-old defender was a part of the Hammers squad relegated from the Premiership in 2003 - and he's determined not to see it happen again.

"We don't want to play in the Championship," he said. "That's not just important to us players, but to the fans and everyone at the club, from the chairman to the tea ladies.

"We're still a Premiership side and we can still remain a Premiership side. The important thing is to take it week-by-week and not look too far ahead."

And the Scotland international defender will be calling on his experience to help the side stay focused.

"Any experience that you have is always important, particularly as we have quite a young side," he said. "We're aware of how important Saturday's game against Watford is but we have to keep a calm head.

"We have to play to our strengths, get the ball down and remain mentally calm. Everyone is feeling positive."

With several of his fellow defenders out injured, Christian admits it hasn't been the easiest of seasons, but is hoping our for a change of fortune on Saturday.

"We've had more injuries than a lot of teams," he said. "The new lads have also come in and got injured, but luckily they aren't too serious.

"We want to give the fans something to cheer about. They've been really patient all year, even at times when the team hasn't been playing very well.

"Everyone involved with the Club is due a win and that's what we're going to do."

By Gemma Clarke