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Upson: West Ham must improve home form

Matthew Upson admits West Ham must improve their home form.

"At home we probably haven't performed as well as we would have liked to have done." said the defender. "Definitely looking at the first game, and against Wigan, we have a long way to go to really get in at teams and stamp our authority on them at home.

"Away from home I've been impressed with our performances. We've set up well, defended well and showed we can hit teams on the break with the pace we have."

He believes the high expectations of the West Ham crowd may be part of the problem, but he said it is the team's job to respond the right way on Saturday.

"Usually you find it easier to play at home, but this is a club that comes with a high level of pressure. It is just a case of dealing with that in a healthy way. I think maybe we can improve on that and just go out there and relax, get on autopilot, enjoy the game and let what happens come naturally.

"If we do that, we've got enough talent and ability in the side to really hurt teams at Upton Park.

"This is a season of building on something positive and our home form is crucial."

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