McCartney happy to be back for win

George McCartney was pleased to be back in the starting line-up on Saturday after missing the Hammers' two previous Premiership encounters, against Charlton and Spurs.

The 25-year-old left-back admitted it was about time the Hammer's luck changed after they celebrated their long-awaited first away win of the season against Blackburn at Ewood Park.

"We seem to have conceded some unlucky goals late on in recent games so it was nice for a change to turn it around," he said. "We went a goal down and the lads worked really hard.

"The goal may not have crossed the line but it was about time our luck changed, it rarely happens when you're near the bottom. It gives us confidence and it gives everyone heart that there's still a chance of staying up."

George admitted the squad must maintain their fight and focus for the remainder of the season to retain Premiership status.

"Every game is like a Cup final," he said. "Whoever we're playing we have to be brilliant every week. We've got a tough run-in but we've shown our character when we've played the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United and we've picked up points."

And George is hoping to be involved in the Hammers' final run-in. "I'm always happy to be in the team," he said. "I got injured before the Charlton game and I was disappointed to miss it. So, after missing a couple of games I was pleased to be involved again.

"The manager has been very unlucky with injuries, especially to the players he signed during the transfer window. There's nothing anyone can do and unfortunately it's helped put us in a difficult position. Hopefully everyone can stay fit for the remaining eight games and the manager can put out a settled side.

"Everyone wants to be part of the team, going out and working hard. I want to try my hardest and give my all for the remainder of the season. Hopefully we can pull off something great and stay up."