Upson refusing to panic
Matthew Upson maintains West Ham are refusing to hit the panic button after they failed to win again.
Last Updated: 24/10/10 7:17pm
Matthew Upson is refusing to hit the panic button after West Ham failed to move off the foot of the table.
The Hammers were beaten 2-1 by Newcastle and are now three points adrift of safety, having suffered their first loss since 11th September.
But Upson, who was a member of England's World Cup squad, feels the East London team are in a false position.
"We're not hitting the panic button," said Upson.
"People can get carried away with our performances and our position but before this game we went on a five-match unbeaten run. We weren't on a drastically bad run.
"We just need to turn a few draws into wins."
The final whistle triggered a chorus of boos as the West Ham fans starting calling for the head of Avram Grant.
"We massively wanted to win," added Hammers skipper Upson.
"We want to give our supporters something that is worth turning up for and maybe in the second half we didn't achieve that.
"We looked dangerous in the first half but we just fell away. We have to analyse that and find out why."
West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan are remaining steadfastly behind their Israeli manager.
And despite having to travel to Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal next week, he remains optimistic.
"There are no easy games in football and away games are tough but anything can happen," said Grant.
"Maybe Arsenal away will be the toughest game of the season but we will try to do our best there."
West Ham have the unwanted record of having the worst goal difference in the division, having only scored five times this season.
But with Carlton Cole returning to goalscoring form in what was his first start in a month, Upson is confident he can fire them to safety.
"When Carlton's fit and playing he's a great asset for us," continued Upson.
"With him back playing and fit it gives a good selection of strikers, that's important for us because I don't think we've scored more than one goal in a game in the league. We need to increase that ratio."