Man of the moment

Manuel da Costa said West Ham United's 3-2 Barclays Premier League victory over Wigan Athletic summed up the Hammers' never-say-die attitude.

The centre-back produced a strong performance of his own, winning a series of headers and standing firm alongside defensive partner Matthew Upson.

Having battled their way to a success that, Burnley winning at Liverpool on Sunday aside, will all but ensure their top-flight future, Da Costa said the players, backroom staff and supporters could enjoy the rest of their weekends.

"It's fantastic. It was a big win. We played well. I am not sure exactly how to say it in English, but we gave it everything from the first minute until the 95th minute. We would not let the game get us down, at 1-0 down, at 1-1, at 2-1 or at 2-2. We stayed positive.

"We kept our team spirit and kept going for everybody - for each other, for the manager, for the supporters, for the medical staff, for everybody.

"The manager said it was fantastic because it has been a very difficult season for this team. Right now, we are in a good moment after a good result and look like we will stay in the Premier League. I want to thank everybody for helping us.

"I was happy with my performance. The attitude of everybody was spot-on. You could see that everybody played well. I was very happy with what I achieved and what everybody else achieved."

While Da Costa was pleased with his own resolute display, the Portuguese defender also singled out goalkeeper Robert Green for praise.

The England No1 produced a magical save to deny James McCarthy with the Latics already one goal to the good, pushing the Republic of Ireland midfielder's rasping 30-yard drive on to the post.

Within a minute, Ilan had equalised, and West Ham were on their way to an unforgettable and priceless three points.

"In a football match, every player has an important moment in a match when you a called upon - this was that moment for Greeny. He had worked hard and he was ready to stop them scoring a second goal. In that one moment, he showed his best."