Jenks - 'We can climb again'

Carl Jenkinson is sure West Ham United can end the season strongly to rise back up the table
West Ham United's on-loan right back Carl Jenkinson believes his team possess the ability to push back towards the top portion of the Barclays Premier League table.

Defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday saw the Hammers slip to ninth place, their lowest position since the end of September.

However, Jenkinson is convinced they will rise again, even with leaders Chelsea due in town on Wednesday.

“Our chances [of Europe] are definitely not gone,” he insisted. “There is a long time until the end of the season and we have got some winnable games in our run-in.

“In those last ten we can win plenty of them and if we start getting the rub of the green and start show showing our form again then we are going to start climbing that table again.

“That has to be the aim and the boys are determined to do just that.”

The No18 is well aware for that to happen the Hammers will need to be far sharper than they were against Crystal Palace on Saturday, when they conceded three goals from set pieces.

He explained: “We just didn’t play the way we can. We have been great for the most part of the season, but against Palace we never really got playing until the second half and by that time it was too late.

“The manager was as disappointed as everyone else. Our performances have been a lot better than that lately. It is frustrating to have a performance like that because we have played well recently and not really had the luck we have had games where we should have won, but we haven’t, not that this defeat was due to bad luck.”

“We are not in a bad place in the league, so we just have to keep going, starting against Chelsea. We have beaten top teams this season and we have got to have the mentality that we can beat them.”