Captain looking to Liverpool

Matthew Upson is firmly focused on the trip to Liverpool next Monday and getting the job done for West Ham United.

The skipper knows an odds-beating famous first victory at Anfield since 1963 would be a huge step towards Barclays Premier League survival and sees no reason why the Hammers cannot aim high. "The win against Sunderland has put us in a favourable position," he said. "But there is still work to do.

"We have to think about extending the gap on the bottom three and making it certain. There is a great opportunity to go away to Liverpool and give a good account of ourselves. I am looking forward to leading us up there.

"Sunderland was our first 1-0 of the season and it is good to pick up that kind of result. We just wanted to get the win. The three points was huge. We didn'tt relax or play on the ball as well as we would have liked to have done but it was all about the three points. How we got them didn't matter.

"There is still a long way to go. We are not safe. The first thing we addressed after the game was that. We know we have the work to do and we will go up to Liverpool next Monday with the mentality of getting something out of the game."

While Upson is eager to go for it at Anfield, he also knows that there is a feeling that the club's top-flight status will be determined by the home games against Wigan Athletic and Manchester City on 24 April and 9 May respectively. "Without a doubt, our home form hasn't been good enough this season for a club like West Ham.

"It is something we need to improve on and it is great to get a win in front of our home supporters and a clean sheet as well. I am really pleased. We have been brilliant in training and the coaching staff and manager have addressed the issues that needed addressing.

"We have worked on those and our shape as a team has been good. We have looked after that and look a better team. All credit to them and all credit to the players.

"[Results elsewhere] are things that we can't control. We have to focus on ourselves and make sure we get ourselves out of trouble. It is in our hands and i have always felt confident that we will stay up.

"Even when we looked in a pretty grim position, I have always been confident that we have enough in this squad. Hopefully we can push ourselves further out of trouble with the same attitude."

The England defender had plenty of praise for his team-mates - not least the way the midfield helped protect him and his defensive colleagues. "Behrami covered every blade of grass, Noble made some key challenges and Kovac sat in there. It was a big team effort. That has been the focus in the past weeks and it has paid off."

Further forward he paid tribute to the match-winning instincts of Ilan while the return of Guille Franco was also particularly noteworthy for the captain. "He has been excellent. He is a big player for us. He came on and killed the game off."

The last word should go to the supporters, though, with Upson full of praise yet again. "I heard the fans trying to get behind us and you could feel they were a little bit tense as well. They were fantastic and amazing at Goodison Park last week as well. They are a big factor, especially at home here. When they get behind us, they are a really big force."