Hitz eyes surge to safety
Thomas Hitzlsperger was happy to make his West Ham debut and now hopes for Premier League survival.
Last Updated: 22/02/11 9:24am
Thomas Hitzlsperger is hoping West Ham United's Premier League survival fight will be boosted by the FA Cup win over Burnley after the midfielder marked his belated debut with a goal.
The Hammers, who also reached the Carling Cup semi-finals, set up an FA Cup quarter-final trip to Stoke City courtesy of a 5-1 thrashing of Burnley on Monday night.
The club's cup form has been in stark contrast to their League results, with Avram Grant's side currently inside the bottom three.
West Ham have several tricky games on the horizon, but Hitzlsperger feels the team can take heart from the club's cup exploits.
"It's going to bring some confidence back to the camp and that's important with the games ahead of us," said Hitzlsperger.
"This is what we needed, I think, especially (to win) by such a great margin, 5-1 is a good win for us.
"With the games we have coming up, we're playing some really good teams so we need confidence and structure in our game.
"We can't make any mistakes because we need to climb up the table."
Hitzlsperger set the Hammers on their way against Burnley with a goal on his debut and he is delighted to be back in action after months on the sidelines due to a thigh injury.
The Germany international midfielder added: "I have been looking forward to this for a long time.
"The reception I got was fantastic. I didn't expect it because I thought the fans had forgotten about me.
"The manager was speaking to me before the game about whether I would play 30 minutes or start, but I'm delighted to start with a goal and an important win for us."