Skipper thanks the fans

Matthew Upson has paid tribute to the supporters for their unrelenting backing home and away in 2010.

The captain, who has formed an impressive partnership with James Tomkins at the heart of the defence in recent weeks, offered thanks on behalf of the team and knew the New Year would begin with similar passionate support against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

"The fans have been a constant all year," he told "We haven't given them too much to shout about but their support is always valued. It has been a major part of us getting some good results both home and away lately.

"For a thousand fans to make the trip up to Blackburn when the country had come to a standstill because of the weather conditions was remarkable. Let's hope our form can continue to improve and we can reward them for their efforts."

Upson was confident the team would move up the Barclays Premier League standings early in 2011 and said no one was yet thinking about the huge Carling Cup semi-final against Birmingham City. All know exactly what is required and expected from the Hammers faithful.

"As long our attitude is right and we give 100 per cent, the fans are happy," he added. "They want to see quality for sure but first and foremost they want to see us giving everything for the club. I can assure you that we are doing that. We just want to wish everyone a happy New Year and thanks for their support.

"I am not thinking about the cup and the possibility of Wembley at the moment. We are just thinking about the league. The games are coming thick and fast that you can't really think beyond the game in front of you. Whatever game presents itself next that is what I am focused on and I think that goes for all of us."