James Tomkins has challenged his West Ham team-mates to forget their FA Cup exit and preserve their Premier League status.
The Hammers' mini revival was checked by Stoke on Sunday as Danny Higginbotham claimed the winning goal to ease the Potters to a 2-1 victory to claim a place in the FA Cup semi-final.
At just 21, Tomkins has been at the club for over 10 years having joined as a seven-year-old and graduated through their famed Academy system.
During that time he has experienced numerous setbacks but he is determined he and his team-mates can bounce back from this latest one as they prepare to face Tottenham on Saturday.
The Hammers are only in the bottom three as a result of goal difference but appear to be heading into form at the crunch time of the campaign.
"We can't feel sorry for ourselves," said Tomkins.
"The FA Cup would have been a bonus but the league is massively important, we have to bounce back.
"There is a big game coming up. We have to put Stoke behind us and remember we were on a good run."
He added: "The fans went up in their thousands to Stoke and it was great support. We need them behind us and they were brilliant.
"We are disappointed we couldn't give them the victory they wanted.
"We showed good heart and spirit but it wasn't to be. Another day, things could have gone our way but it wasn't to be. We will all go again on Saturday - we'll be giving it everything at Tottenham."
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