STOP HATING US AND START WORRYING ABOUT SAVING YOURSELVES

ALAN CURBISHLEY last night warned Sheffield United to beware the sting in the tail if they let themselves consider a pact with Wigan to try to send West Ham down. The Hammers chief believes his side have become public enemy No.1 in the fall-out from the Carlos Tevez affair, but he told Neil Warnock and his men to dismiss any thoughts of a cosy agreement. Curbishley said: Theres been lots of talking all week. Sheffield United and Wigan have both got to go and secure their result and then hope it all falls into place. I dont think anybody can go into it other than flat-out to get their result. I dont believe people can get together and have these conspiracies because its so dangerous. Its the last game of the season and there can be so many twists. I dont think Sheffield United will forget what happened to them a few years ago - when they lost

at Chelsea to go down on the last day when, until the last minute, they looked safe. I remember two seasons ago when I was at Charlton and Crystal Palace

came to us. With six minutes to go, Palace

were safe and West Brom were going down, and th

en it all changed round. So Sheffield United have got to do their job. You cant legislate for what might go on. Wigan know what theyve got to do and we know if we pick anything up weve done our job. Sabre-rattling from the JJB Stadium and Bramall Lane over the Tevez punishment has intensified with the likelihood of West Ham pulling off the great escape after looking doomed two months ago. For Curbishley, however, it is time for the whinging to end. Everybodys had their say and jumped on the West Ham bandwagon, said the Upton Park chief. Everybody has been going on about it but the inquiry was held and came to its judgement and the Premier League has said theres no chance of anything happening. Now everybody has got to get on with it. Thats what weve done the last six or seven weeks and quietly co

me up on the rails. I know weve got to have one eye on whats going on elsewhere but weve got to concentrate on our game. Ive not spoken to the players about anything else that could happen, but I noticed that Paul Jewell said that theyve got to go to Bramall Lane and win, and thats it. Curbishley anticipates his old pal Sir Alex Ferguson will not do him any favours with his team selection tomorrow, but he did point an accusatory finger at the Liverpool side Rafa Benitez picked at Fulham last week, as the Cottagers saved themselves with a victory. But, as the Hammers boss conceded, his players will only have themselves to blame if they fail to conjure up the point they need. Weve not done anything yet, nothing, said Curbishley. The players deserve great credit for the ability and determination theyve shown in recent weeks. But now weve got to do it for one more game, get across this last game and get something from Old Trafford or hope something else happens. What we have done is given ourselves a chance. I said a few weeks ago that was all we can do. The question now is whether we can grab it this weekend. Curbishley suggested that his deadpan approach had helped, along with Tevezs emergence and the key ingredient, luck. I dont go too high

when we win or too low when we lose, he said. It doesnt do you favours if the manager jumps

up and down all the time. Weve had some disappointing moments, werent getting any luck and it wasnt happening for us. But even when we lost at home to Spurs in the way we did, there w

ere positives, because we gave the fans something to respond to for the first time. When you start working hard that luck comes along. We had it at Blackburn and Arsenal and it bred the confidence to go and get results. Maybe it helped for Carlos that it all passed him by, because he doesnt speak English. He genuinely believes hes just a footballer and should be allowed to get on with it and his performances in the last five or six games have been excellent. Its not just been Carlos but hes been part of it and managed to grab the publicity. He has re

sponded brilliantly in recent weeks and is playing with a lot of confidence. I dont know if hes been dreaming of scoring at Old Trafford but I do know hes been desperate for the club to do well. Even when he wasnt playing he had that about him. His performances galvanised a lot of people and some of the others have galvanised him. Its been a team effort. But we all understand how big

the game is and what it means. Well let everybody else do the talking and get our result. Thats what matters. PROBABLE TEA

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