"First thing we need, we need to know that we are first,' he says. 'The last three games will be difficult and of course there is pressure in our minds because we need to win our games if Man U win theirs.
"It is a war, and we need to be prepared but, if you said on the first day of the Premier League in August we would be one point clear with three games to go, two at home and one game away, we would all say okay, I'll sign!
"This is okay, it could be better if we won or Man U lost, okay, but it didn't happen, and our moment is this - we have three games, two at home and one away - we need to play well and be together."
Match after match, West Ham have turned in disappointing performances this season. Worse yet is the lack of fight and determination in these matches. It is as if the players have not realised that they are in a relegation battle and thus have to start scrapping. Now that's worrying. If players are not up for it, that's recipe for disaster i.e. Championship football.
Needless to say, Wigan at home is a must-win match. Zola has publicly demanded for a reaction for this game and quite rightly so. We need immense amount of passion, determination, motivation and some real "backs-to-the wall" defensive solidity from the players...we need "Bravehearts" out there who would give everything they have got to ensure victory. If I could choose, I'd want to see Scott Parker-esque attitude in Green, Upson, Da Costa, Faubert, Spector, Behrami, Kovac, Noble, Cole, Ilan and Parker
As the most important game approaches, I am confident that the Hammers will survive the threat of relegation. I will again repeat my three reasons why West Ham will stay up,
- Results elsewhere are going our way although the other relegation threatened teams are playing better than West Ham
- Our superior goal difference is like an additional "one-point" advantage
- Different players peaking at different times - Ilan at Everton, Ilan at Sunderland, Diamanti and Franco earlier in the season and now Luis Boa Morte could prove the difference against Wigan
COME ON YOU IRONS!