HITZLSPERGER CONFIDENT OF SURVIVAL

Thomas Hitzlsperger has said that he is confident of West Ham United's survival after they enjoyed an impressive win over Liverpool.

Sunday's eye-catching 3-1 success at Upton Park ended Liverpool's eight-match unbeaten run and moved West Ham from the foot of the table, providing a timely response to Wolverhampton Wanderers' resounding win over Blackpool the previous day. Avram Grant's team must play Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in their final 10 games and the players should gain confidence from the manner in which they dismantled sixth-placed Liverpool.

"The way we approach the games is important, being positive and believing we can beat these teams," said Hitzlsperger, who was impressive alongside Scott Parker in his second appearance for the club after a lengthy thigh injury.

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