Green delighted after Bolton win

Following their excellent performance against Bolton Wanderers, the team enjoyed their lap of honour in front of the Hammers fans. But Rob Green insisted the day belonged to kit-man Eddie Gillam, who led the lads out after enjoying his final home game after 27 years at Upton Park.

"Eddie's been a fantastic servant for the Club," Rob said. "He's one of the unsung heroes. He works tirelessly and does it for the love of the Club and for the love of football.

"For him to have his moment is really nice for him but it's all too brief for such a long stint."

Rob's frustration was evident when the Hammers conceded a second-half goal in yesterday's 3-1 win, but it was the only blot on an otherwise outstanding afternoon for Alan Curbishley's side.

"You like to keep clean sheets, especially when goal difference is a major factor," said the Hammers keeper. "If we'd kept a clean sheet we would have been just one goal behind Wigan and what a difference that makes. It's a major disappointment, but we won and that's the main thing.

"We got off to a flying start. The boys came out of the traps quickly and I don't think Bolton could handle us.

"We exposed their weaknesses at the back, took our chances when they came and the second half was about consolidating that. We gave away a stupid goal, which was disappointing, but if you'd said at the start of the day that we'd win 3-1, we'd have definitely taken it."

With Premiership survival in reach for the Hammers, Rob revealed that the team will take on Manchester United full of confidence after claiming a third consecutive win.

"It could be set up for a great performance from us if we go up to Old Trafford and play the way we played in the first half against Bolton, iron out the mistakes and keep it solid," he said. "There's no reason why we can't go there and get a result."