Gabbidon: Irons must banish fear

The Hammers slipped to a 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday,

returning them to the foot of the Premier League table. They now

sit two points from safety with four games of the season remaining.

Time is fast running out on their efforts to steer clear of

trouble, with the vast majority of the campaign having been spent

languishing inside the bottom three. Gabbidon, though, insists

confidence remains high around Upton Park and is convinced that

hard work and self belief will see them safe. The Wales

international said after the weekend defeat at Chelsea: “If we play

like that again, we’ll get the points we need. We just need to show

that kind of fight and performance in all aspects of the game. “We

worked hard, created some chances – which was good – and at times

we played really well. “Every game is a big game now. There is

always going to be a little bit of fear there, but that is

something we have to banish. We have to play with freedom, go out

there and express ourselves.” England Under-21 international

Freddie Sears was drafted back into the West Ham starting XI on

Saturday and he hopes Avram Grant will give him further

opportunities to aid the club’s survival bid. He said: “It was a

good opportunity for me as I had not played for a long time. “It’s

been frustrating. But we have four games to go and I want to play

in all of them. I would be lying if I said I didn’t. “I feel that I

have something to give. The gaffer knows what I can do and it would

be nice to feel that I can help out.”