Curbs: It's in our hands now

The in-form Hammers are out of the bottom three for the first time since Alan Curbishley arrived at Upton Park in mid-December. And with a straight hat-trick of wins and only next Sunday's tricky trip to Old Trafford now remaining, the timing could not be better.

"You won't get a tougher game and we've still got to do our bit at Manchester United," cautioned the delighted Hammers' boss after two-goal Carlos Tevez and Mark Noble fired his side onto his minimum target of 38 points with a stunning 3-1 victory over fifth-placed Bolton Wanderers. "But at least we're going up there filled with confidence, having got another result today."

After seeing his Argentinian ace fire that deadly double, Curbs also revealed that the runaway winner of the Hammer-of-the-Year award was lucky to have even started a defining, do-or-die match.

"Carlos picked up an ankle injury in training and I was very worried about his fitness today," he added. "But he wants to play football and, although it's not all just about Tevez, he's an important player for us, who can both make and score goals.

"I'm very pleased that we got the result and three points today and that's all that matters to me at the moment. We were fantastic in that opening half-hour and scored three great goals.

"Now, we're out of the bottom three for the first time since I took over and survival is also in our own hands for the first time, too.

"We're now going into next Sunday's final match with a chance, the question is: Can we grab it?"