Peacock pleased by Blackburn win

It may have been a long coach ride back from Blackburn on Saturday evening - but after the Hammers' victory it was a happy one - according to assistant boss Keith Peacock.

"It's been such a long time waiting for this away win," he said. "It was very pleasant to savour it on the way back.

"Although it was under controversial circumstances that we got the winner I think it was a well-earned victory, particularly with the way we played in the second half. So many things have gone against us over the course of the season that when we had that little bit of luck it was long overdue."

Keen not to get carried away, Keith admitted the Hammers still face a tough task in the bid to beat the drop.

"One swallow doesn't make a summer," he said. "But at least it's a first step on the mountain that we've got to climb and we know that it's a fair old mountain. Eight games are left and we've got to win a huge percentage of those but it can be done.

"If we can put back-to-back wins in now and follow this one up with a win against Middlesbrough then I think there'll be a surge of confidence running through the camp. The big thing is, at this stage of the season, what you want is to hit a bit of form. Confidence comes and then you can just get your run going."

One player who is key to the Hammers' quest for Premiership survival is Carlos Tevez, who earned and scored the penalty to level the scoring on Saturday before Bobby Zamora's controversial winner.

"He's unpredictable," Keith said of the Argentine striker. "You don't know what he's going to do. He can turn on nothing and that's what earned him the penalty. He reversed the direction he was moving in and was brought down. Then he took the penalty very well.

"He's playing with a lot of confidence and desire as well. The desire that he's showing, not only to make and score goals, but to tackle back and harass the opposition - the crowd have really warmed to that side of his game.

"As a professional he goes out there and gives everything he's got. That's what he's doing for West Ham and he showed in the last home game against Tottenham how much he wanted to get off the mark and score his first goal for the club.

"When he leapt into the crowd I thought he may never come out again. That's the sort of passion you need and it can become contagious.

"We had some good performances on Saturday and the work rate continued to be very good. What was exceptionally encouraging was that we recovered from a one-goal deficit after the break. We could have crumbled but we didn't, we came back and held on in good style."