Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Goal Hero Hopes Hammers Are Hit-Ting Form Again

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Goal Hero Hopes Hammers Are Hit-Ting Form Again

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THOMAS HITZLSPERGER hopes last night's 5-1 FA Cup victory over Burnley will be the spark which 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.

The German 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 quarterfinals.

With tough games against Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham on the horizon, Grant's 19th-placed team knows it must go on a run to avoid dropping into the Championship.

Hitzlsperger now hopes last night's win will boost the team's confidence, but has warned any mistakes they make could prove costly.

He said: "It is going to bring some confidence back to the camp and that is vitally important with the games ahead of us.

"This is what we needed, I think, especially to win by such a great margin - 5-1 is a good victory for us. …

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