Hitzlsperger: Win can spark survival fight

22 February 2011 09:00
Thomas Hitzlsperger hopes that the 5-1 FA Cup victory over Burnley will be the spark that ignites West Ham's bid to avoid relegation. Hitzlsperger made his Hammers debut against the Clarets after missing the previous six months with a serious thigh injury and the Germany international did not disappoint - firing home a 25-yard screamer to open the scoring for Avram Grant's side, who will now play Stoke in the quarter-finals. With tough games against Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham on the horizon, Grant's 19th-placed team know that they must go on a run to avoid dropping into the npower Championship but Hitzlsperger now hopes that last night's win will boost the team's confidence. "It's going to bring some confidence back to the camp and that's important with the games ahead of us," Hitzlsperger said. "This is what we needed, I think, especially (to win) by such a great margin, 5-1 is a good win for us. "With the games we have coming up, we're playing some really good teams so we need confidence and structure in our game. We can't make any mistakes because we need to climb up the table."

Source: PA