West Ham must not dwell on 'very costly' mistakes against Liverpool
West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola has warned his players not to dwell on their 3-0 defeat against Liverpool on Monday night and instead focus on the club's remaining three fixtures as they battle to avoid relegation.
Defeat at Anfield has increased the pressure on West Ham United, who are three points above the relegation zone having played one match more than 18th-placed Hull.
West Ham next host fellow strugglers Wigan at Upton Park on Saturday before travelling to Fulham a week later and then hosting Manchester City in their final game of the season.
After losing to Liverpool, Zola said: "I don't think it was our best performance. I think we started well and were comfortable on the pitch but the first goal changed things completely.
"I think we felt we couldn't come back from it. We all disappointed but it is not a moment to think too much about that.
"We made mistakes. They were very costly and we didn't play very well.
"But we need to react straight away because on Saturday we have a very important game."
Liverpool made it 10 successive victories at Anfield as former West Ham midfielder Yossi Benayoun and David Ngog put the hosts 2-0 up in the first half, before goalkeeper Robert Green's unfortunate own goal finished off Zola's side after the break.
That lifted Liverpool to within five points of fourth-placed Tottenham and Benitez has still not given up snatching Champions League qualification, despite there being only three games left.
"We have to keep doing our job. It will be more difficult now because Tottenham won (against Chelsea), normally you would not expect them to win," he said.
"But we have to be in a good position if they make a mistake.
"West Ham started the game pushing but as soon as we scored the first goal it was easier, we had more chances and we scored the second goal and the third one killed the game.
"It was important to score and control the game."