Curbs pays tribute to victorious Hammers

Alan Curbishley paid tribute to his West Ham United side as they confirmed their Premiership status with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.

"It's been a fantastic effort from the players who were here before I got to the Club, along with Lucas Neill and Luis Boa Morte," he said. "Great credit to all of the players. I've kept it low key, kept the training simple and the results have picked up.

"They've all played their part, not just Tevez; it's been a team effort. We're now looking forward to welcoming players back for next year."

With Wigan beating Sheffield United to send them into the Championship, Curbs was proud of his side for achieving their goal of getting a result against Manchester United in the final game.

"Coming here and having to get a result to stay up and doing it is fantastic," he said. "We knew all the permutations as well. Whenever United created anything they blocked it.

"To win seven games out of 9 is amazing and against the top teams is a fantastic achievement. We need a bit of a break now and hopefully it would stand us in good stead for next year."

And with all the press speculation aimed at the Hammers this season, Curbs admitted he was relieved to let the football do the talking.

"I came in in December and things went on before I got here," he said. "The Premier League had their enquiry, they gave their verdict and we got on with it. We've been public enemy number one lately but we've got on with it, kept our counsel, and it's over.

"It seems ever since I've been at the Club we've had negative press but it seems as if the Tevez and Mascherano affair was like a bandwagon. I thought we'd get some positive press from the way we've been playing and we've been playing well. Now we're all looking ahead to next year."