Hammers aim for swift return

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Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi; Boyce, G Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; McCarthy, Watson, Diame, N'Zogbia, Cleverley; Rodallega.

Subs: Kirkland, Gohouri, Di Santo, Moses, Gomez, McArthur, Sammon

West Ham: Green; Spence, Gabbidon, Tomkins, Bridge; Hitzlsperger, Spector, Collison, Hines; Ba, Piquionne.

Subs: Boffin, Keane, Da Costa, Sears, Upson, Cole. Parker.

Co-owner David Gold has assured West Ham fans they will look to bounce straight back up if they are relegated from the Barclays Premier League.

Relegation will cost Gold and business partner David Sullivan more than £40million, but the former insists dropping into the npower Championship will not be the end of the world for the Hammers.

Gold said: "We have budgeted for the worst. We have planned for the worst and hope for the best. We are confident that we put together a good squad in the event that we are relegated."

The Hammers languish bottom of the table with just two games remaining, including Sunday's vital clash with fellow strugglers Wigan at the DW Stadium.


Anything less than victory will end the east Londoners' six-year stay in the top flight after results went against them on Saturday, with both Blackpool and Wolves securing victory.

And Gold said: "I am not confident [we will stay up]. We do need a small a miracle.

"I am optimistic that we will do our very best to stay up. It is difficult as you can see.

"We are four points behind with two games to go. We need to win both of ours and hope that our competitors don't win their two games. Is it possible? Yes. I think it is doable.

"We will set out to win our games and hope for the best, praying the worst [doesn't happen].

"We are not relegated yet, we have two games to go but I want to assure our fans so they know that in the event that the worst comes to the worst that we will do everything in our power to ensure we come straight back."

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