History lesson for Green

Robert Green believes the club can look to the memory of three years ago when looking to avoid the drop this time around.

Towards the end of the 2006/07 season, the Hammers came from behind to get a 2-1 win at Blackburn Rovers and it proved the spark for the successful survival fight. Green was between the posts on that day and he saw similarities as the team battled back to get a creditable 2-2 draw at Everton on Sunday.

"A few seasons ago up at Blackburn we were in a relegation fight," Green recalled of a game which was match number four of a current run of 121 unbroken appearances in the league. "We scored a penalty, a goal that perhaps wasn't deemed a goal, won 2-1 and turned our season around and went on from there.

"On Sunday, we battled and showed our fighting spirit to come back from adversity twice in the space of 90 minutes. That gives us a good step to go on with. To concede the two goals was disappointing, those moments sum up the sort of season we are having, but we didn't give up. We have come away with something."

The England No1 said the performance from the whole side in preventing Everton from dominating matches at home as they had in recent weeks underlined the quality and courage in the ranks. "It showed what we can do. We had the right application that shone through.

"We have learned lessons from recent games. We desperately want to do well for the manager, for the fans, for the club - for everyone connected with West Ham. This is a point in the right direction for us and we can use this as a way forward for all the games we have left."