Curbs: "It's not over yet"

With the possibility of relegation looming, Alan Curbishley was staying positive in the wake of our home defeat to Watford and insisted: "It's not over yet."

"We've got a strong squad and we have to get ourselves out of it," said Curbs. "It's not over yet.

"It was a desperately disappointing result but it's not over. We've got Charlton next and we have to get a result there so we can put pressure on the fourth-from-bottom team."

Curbs expressed his disappointment at referee Alan Wiley's decision not to send off Gavin Mahon for his challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker which led to the Hammers' first penalty of the season. But he admitted that seeing Marlon Harewood miss from the penalty spot was even more heartbreaking.

"Gavin Mahon was the last man, I've seen it on tape," he said. "Alan Wiley has to make a decision but he decided not to send him off. I'm more disappointed that we didn't score.

"We needed a lift, the fans, everyone needed a lift. When we didn't score you could see the effect it had on everyone."

A sell-out crowd of just under 35, 000 crammed into Upton Park to watch today's match, and Curbs paid tribute to the Hammers' fans.

"They have been constant in their support once again and they turned out in their droves," he said. "They got behind us from the kick-off and we haven't done enough to give them something to cheer for."