West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan is keen to prove any doubters wrong by helping his side climb out of the relegation places.

The Hammers were dumped out of the Capital One Cup last night by Manchester City, who scored nine times against them over the two legs.

Sam Allardyce's side are 18th in the Premier League table, level on points with bottom side Cardiff, but Nolan is confident they can turn their season around.

The skipper told ITV:  "We've got one focus and that's just to stay in the Premier League.

"There are going to be so many battles now, from now until the end of the season.

"We're firmly up for it and we're looking forward to it. I'm relishing it and hoping to prove a lot of people wrong come May.

"There's lots of hard work to be done, from now until Chelsea, then on to the next game and until the end of the season. One thing we've got to do is stick together, keep that camaraderie going, keep the unity and togetherness.

"It's going to be a load of battles now and hopefully we'll enjoy it and win the war come the end of the season."

West Ham have only won once since the start of 2014, when they beat Cardiff 2-0 on the 11th January and face a daunting clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their next fixture.

But the Hammers seem to have a kind run of games in February and could see themselves moving up the table with a couple of wins, thanks to a level playing field at the bottom half of the table.

They play fellow strugglers Swansea and Norwich at home within the next month and these games could make or break their season.

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