West Ham boss demands Hammers win

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All that West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola wants for Christmas is a home win against Portsmouth.

The Boxing Day clash at Upton Park pitches together the two bottom sides in the Barclays Premier League.

And Zola said: "We need to get a result and it has to be three points because they are close to us. It is a six-pointer and will be a big occasion to put some distance between us and them. I don't know what presents I'll be getting this year, it will be a surprise. But I would like three points on Saturday."

Portsmouth, now under the guidance of Avram Grant, head into the game buoyed by their 2-0 victory over Liverpool while West Ham were frustrated not to earn more than a point from a 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Zola demanded West Ham reach the same performance levels for the rest of the season.

"Portsmouth have been playing well recently. They seem to have found their way but we have found our way as well," said Zola.

"There's a very, very good atmosphere right now and I think the Chelsea game has lifted everybody up. It is important as it is essential when you play football that you have that kind of atmosphere.

"Tactics are important in football but if they are not supported by the passion and desire the players showed the other day then you are always short.

"I am trying to keep the spirit alive and the positivity which is very important and I think it is working. The team I saw the other day didn't look like a bottom three team. That performance has become our standard and it is up to us to keep that up.

"For me it was very encouraging the passion that the players showed in the game so it means that we are creating something and they want to work on that."

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