Momentum key for manager

Gianfranco Zola's players reported back to Chadwell Heath today with the manager urging his in-form players to keep their momentum.

The squad were given a rare day off on Monday after a hectic Christmas period but Zola knows this weekend's FA Cup visit of Barnsley is an important occasion for all at the club. Not just in terms of trying to reach the fourth round but in order to keep that winning feeling for the second half of the Premier League season.

"Now we have the momentum on our side we have to keep working and playing the way we have been. Things are good for us right now but we have to keep our feet on the ground - especially because some of the other teams can do the same."

Morale will certainly be high with the manager delighted to be in tenth place - a jump of seven places in just three days . He is already aware of the significance of Saturday week's trip to Newcastle United and the chance to go six unbeaten on the road.

"It is unbelievable. Five days ago we were talking about a different story. It is a strange championship...everybody here at West Ham wants to take this team to a better level. Hopefully we are going to be able to do that."