Eggert still confident

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Eggert Magnusson remains confident West Ham can avoid relegation, even if The Hammers' chairman admits 'it's getting serious now'.

Defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday was considered by many to be another nail in The Hammers' coffin, with the club having just four games left to bridge a five-point gap on fourth-from-bottom Sheffield United.

The Hammers suffered a 3-0 defeat at Bramall Lane in their previous outing but, despite the odds being stacked against his team, Magnusson remains ever-optimistic.

"I still believe we can do it. I'm an optimist but it's getting serious now," Magnusson told Sky Sports News.

Magnusson also gave his backing to boss Alan Curbishley and the players under his charge.

"I've been impressed with him [Curbishley] for many years and my impression since he's been at West Ham hasn't changed," he added.

"We played well in the first half [against Chelsea], we had to play like that for the whole game then we would have got the result - they are all good players, I believe in them."

Defender James Collins has also not given up hope of mounting a great escape.

"The manager has said to us that we need to win three out of our last four games if we have any chance of staying up and it will be a tall order," said Collins.

"We have got to believe we can do it, otherwise there is no point in playing. We have got to put the Chelsea defeat behind us because we have a massive game against Everton on Saturday."