Hammers are United - Upson

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Matthew Upson claims the West Ham squad are united behind manager Gianfranco Zola and determined to beat relegation.

The Hammers ended a week of turmoil by producing a battling display to claim a valuable point with a creditable 2-2 draw at Everton on Sunday. The days prior to the Goodison Park trip had been dominated by speculation over Zola's future and his apparently uneasy relationship with club owners David Gold and David Sullivan.

Upson said: "We are aware of the situation and the manager's feelings and commitment. The manager deals with it with the players to their faces. Whatever else is said and done, we know the truth and we are together as a group."

The 30-year-old defender added: "We are totally understanding and clear of the picture of what is going on. We are putting everything we can together. I think we can stay up, I think we are good enough."

West Ham have five games remaining to save their top-flight status, starting with next weekend's home clash against Sunderland.

After finally breaking a run of six successive defeats, Upson feels they can now generate some momentum.

The former Birmingham and Arsenal player said: "It is nice to break that cycle because it is a poor cycle and not nice to go through. It was nice to stop the rot.

"It is something to build on but there is plenty of work left to do.

"There are not a lot of hours of football left but we are in the mix and it is up to us to drag ourselves out of it.

"We need to get together again this week, have a good strategy for the weekend and commit to it. If we deliver a performance I am sure we can win the game."

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Matthew Upson
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Gianfranco Zola
West Ham United

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