Gabbidon hails travelling fans

Danny Gabbidon paid tribute to the travelling support after West Ham United turned on the style away to Derby County on Saturday.

The 5-0 victory at Pride Park was the club's best away day since the inception of the Premier League in the 1992/93 and Gabbidon said the strong backing from supporters more than played a part. "They are always in good voice," he said. "Even if we are losing or winning - we always fill the away end out for every game. They were great and it was nice to put on a show. We scored a few goals and I am sure they enjoyed their trip home."

The players certainly enjoyed the experience, with Gabbidon summing up the satisfaction within the camp. "The last couple of games we have gone in front and haven't killed the game off so it was nice to get a few goals." Lee Bowyer broke the deadlock at Pride Park but it was not until the second half that the floodgates opened. "We were a lot more clinical," he added. "We always looked good on the break and kept it tight at the back. If we do that we have always got a chance."

Gabbidon is particularly enjoying playing alongside Matthew Upson, with the pair offering Derby very few opportunities to get a sight on goal. However, the Wales defender was keen to emphasise the defensive responsibilities shown throughout the rearguard. "We haven't done too bad as a back four," he said. "We kept if fairly tight and we are not conceding too many. If you do that then the forwards are always going to score goals with the players we have got. We are just trying to play well."