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No favours, says Al

Filed: Friday, 11th April 2008
By: Staff Writer

Alan Curbishley has warned Bolton that his West Ham United team will not be looking to do them any favours when the two sides meet tomorrow.

Defeat for Bolton tomorrow could all but condemn the Trotters to the Championship, being as they are just four points behind Birmingham who hover above the relegation zone in 17th place.

Curbishley - whose side took advantage of a lacklustre performance from Bolton during the run-in last season - insists that his team will be going all out for victory, despite having won just once in their last seven outings.

Altogether United have taken just four points from those seven games - relegation form by any standards. However the home side's form is even worse as Gary Megson's team have to go back to February 14th - some 11 games - for their last win, a 1-0 success against Athletico Madrid in the UEFA Cup.

"We've come into a situation during the last couple of weeks where we've managed to produce probably our worst run of the season, which coincided with the chance to finish in a decent position in the league," said Curbishley in his pre-match press conference. "That's unfortunate - but we have still got five games left.

"It's a chance to pick three points up - that's how we see Saturday. We know how Bolton are feeling, we've been there before - but we have got to go and do our job. We need the result for ourselves so we'll be looking to try and get it.

"I didn't expect what has happened to us in recent games. We came into them really full of confidence - we got the result against Blackburn and then went up to Everton and played well. At Sunderland we got done in the 96th minute but Tuesday was a big disappointment.

"When you've not won in three games like ourselves then the motivation is there - we've got to get back to getting a result. In the last three games we've been in positions where we could have taken more points - and if we had played better then I'm sure we would have done.

"I'm expecting a high tempo, passionate game. With their recent results and with games running out they've got to look at our game as a chance to try and get out of it. The one thing we will be stressing is that we were in a similar position and nobody helped us out."

The game kicks-off at 3pm.

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