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Upson has Europe in mind

Hammers defender eyes top-seven finish

Upson: Determined to succeed

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Matthew Upson admits West Ham's recent form has helped to rekindle European dreams around Upton Park.

The Hammers have secured back-to-back victories over the course of the last week, with Manchester City and Wigan put to the sword.

Six vital points at a crucial stage of the season have helped to lift the capital club into seventh spot in the Premier League table.

That could be good enough to secure Uefa Europa League qualification for next season, providing a top six side claims FA Cup glory.

Upson sees no reason why Gianfranco Zola's men cannot cling onto their current standing and admits everyone connected with the club is determined to bring continental football back to the East End.

"It is massively in our mind. It is a target of ours," the England international told the club's official website.

"We sat down and have talked about it. We are heading towards it and when you set targets you want to achieve them and that is what we want to do at this club."

Break

Having already slipped out of the FA Cup this season, West Ham are facing up to the luxury of a free weekend.

They are not due to be in action again until they go head-to-head with West Brom on 16th March, with Upson of the belief that a well-earned rest has come at an ideal time for the club.

"We are going into a break now. We are going to recharge our batteries," he said.

"We have a lot of players who have played nearly every match this season, so it is a good rest and we have a couple of fixtures coming up where we can pick up points."