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England international dismisses talk of relegation

West Ham United defender Matthew Upson is refusing to panic despite his team's poor start to the Premier League season which sees them three points adrift of safety.

Avram Grant's men find themselves bottom of the table after the disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to Newcastle United on Saturday. Upson, however, sees no alarm bells ringing just yet.

"We're not hitting the panic button," Upson told reporters.

"We [against Newcastle] looked dangerous in the first half but we just fell away. We have to analyse that and find out why.

"We want to give our supporters something that is worth turning up for and maybe in the second half we didn't achieve that.”

Upson believes that talk of relegation is premature given West Ham’s form before the defeat to Newcastle.

"People can get carried away with our performances and our position but before this game we went on a five-match unbeaten run. We weren't on a drastically bad run. We just need to turn a few draws into wins," he added.

He lauded Carlton Cole’s return to goalscoring form and believes that the England striker could be key to any potential success for the East London side.

"When Carlton's fit and playing he's a great asset for us," said Upson.

"With him back playing and fit it gives a good selection of strikers, that's important for us because I don't think we've scored more than one goal in a game in the league. We need to increase that ratio."

But West Ham’s plight may not get easier as they travel to the Emirates Stadium to visit Arsenal next Saturday.

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