Upson backing Zola
West Ham defender Matthew Upson has maintained that the whole squad are right behind Gianfranco Zola.
By Mike Barton
Last Updated: 05/04/10 5:33pm
West Ham defender Matthew Upson has maintained that the whole squad are united behind under-pressure boss Gianfranco Zola.
Upson was part of the side that battled to salvage a 2-2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday to end a week of turmoil in East London on a positive note.
Zola has come under increasing fire after a run of six straight league defeats left the Hammers on the brink of the relegation zone.
However, Hull's defeat at Stoke on Saturday allowed the struggling Hammers to move a point away from their rivals, and Upson wants the side to kick on under their current boss.
"I think we can stay up, I think we are good enough," he 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.
"We are totally understanding and clear of the picture of what is going on. We are putting everything we can together."
With just five games to go until the end of the season, the England defender is confident that his side can put together the run of results required to save their Premier League status after stopping their string of defeats.
"We had a really good week, we got together as a group and worked hard on the training pitch on things we had been doing poorly over the last few games," Upson added.
"It is something to build on but there is plenty of work left to do.
"There are not a lot of hours of football but we are in the mix and it is up to us to drag ourselves out of it.
"We had a really good week, we got together as a group and worked hard on the training pitch on things we had been doing poorly over the last few games.
"We need to get together again this week, have a good strategy for the weekend and commit to it."