Gabbidon: West Ham need to play like league leaders at Manchester City

Defender wants confident display at Manchester City

� Danny Gabbidon wants to see his West Ham team-mates play like they are top of the table rather than at the bottom.

The Hammers prop up the Premier League and with four matches left are running out of time to escape the relegation zone.

West Ham face fourth-placed Manchester City this weekend, before taking on relegation rivals Blackburn, Wigan and Sunderland.

“We have to go there and feel as if we are top of the league and play with no fear and play with freedom,” he said.

“Just go out there and give everything that we have got. We need to do that from the first minute and believe in ourselves. That is kind of tough at the moment as of the position that we are in. But that is what we have to do.

“Man City are a good team but we can’t be thinking of that we need to go out there and try and get some points on the board.”

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Most give the east Londoners no chance of getting a positive result at Eastlands this Sunday, but Gabbidon believes West Ham cannot afford to write any matches off.

“We can’t look at the last three games, we are looking at the next and if we can win then it helps us a lot,” The Welshman said.

“The last three games will be big games. But every game from now on is big. We are not writing off Man City and thinking just the three after that as the more you lose the harder the next games becomes. And those games are hard as well as the teams are down the bottom and fighting for their lives as well. So we look to Man City and have to believe that we go there and get some points from that and if we do it will be a great confidence boost and that sets us up nicely for those three games.”

Successive defeats

West Ham head into Sunday’s encounter off the back of three successive defeats.

The Hammers were dreadful against Bolton and Aston Villa and although the east Londoners were beaten 3-0 by Chelsea last Saturday, there was a marked improvement against the Premier League champions.

“It is hard to put a finger on it. The Bolton game we didn’t play well in any aspect of the game,” he said.

“It was disappointing. Defending, we didn’t work hard and didn’t create any chances and that is something that we worked on in the last week.

“We need to get back to working hard and when you do that things come with it, the chances, better defending. That showed today (Saturday). We worked much harder, there was more energy and we played as if there was nothing to lose.”