McCarthy frustrated in Hammers survival fight

By Simon Hayes on April 22, 2010 2:18 PM |

mccarthy142.jpgWest Ham striker Benni McCarthy admitted he is frustrated at not being able to contribute properly to the Irons relegation battle.

McCarthy, a £2.5million signing in January, has been restricted to substitute appearances because of injury and has yet to score in the claret and blue.

He said: "It's really hard and really frustrating for me having to watch the team fighting relegation. I knew I was coming to a fantastic club and a great team but unfortunately we're in a horrible situation that nobody wants to find themselves in.

"I'm 90 per cent fit. Sometimes I get fluid on my knee but I've just got to keep training. I'm fit enough to help when I'm needed."

McCarthy, who played 18 minutes in Monday night's defeat at Liverpool, is determined to play some part in this Saturday's clash with relegation rivals Wigan. He feels the Hammers have the quality to stay up.

He said: "It's good to be back on the pitch. When you come back from an injury it's a little bit tough, but there's three important crunch games to go starting with Wigan on Saturday.

"We're going to give it a go like we did against Sunderland and Everton. We need to try and take our own chances and make sure that we don't concede silly goals and start to make it difficult for ourselves.

"You've got to dig in deep and fight for your lives in those last three games. You've got to do that for the fans and you're families, too. We've got three games - two at home - and it's life or death for us.

"We've definitely got the potential and the quality and we've got to go out there and fight like we did against Everton and Sunderland and we'll be okay."

Some goals from the South African would certainly be a big help with that.