Cardiff City 0 West Ham 2: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Craig Bellamy will be key in relegation battle

The Bluebirds have slipped into the bottom three

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes fit-again Craig Bellamy can have a big impact on Cardiff's battle against relegation.

The 34-year-old striker made his first appearance for two months as a substitute in the Bluebirds' 2-0 home defeat at the hands of West Ham on Saturday.

The result saw the Hammers move out of the relegation zone at the expense of the Welsh club and Solskjaer admitted he was surprised by a flat first-half display from his side.

It was Bellamy who proved the catalyst for a better second half, creating clear chances for Mark Hudson and Fraizer Campbell within minutes of his introduction.

And Solskjaer, who hopes to convince the former Wales forward to extend his playing career beyond the summer, believes Bellamy's experience will be vital for Cardiff during the second half of the season.

"He can make a big difference for the fans and the team," said Solskjaer. "You could hear how much the fans want him in the team, and I want him in my team as he is a player who has had the experience of playing in the Premier League at the top and the bottom. He has been around and I was delighted with his 45 minutes."

Another man to feature as a substitute was Magnus Wolff Eikrem, as the Norway international made his debut following his arrival from Heerenveen.

"I think he did well, he made some good tackls and passes," said Solskjaer. "He had time on the ball, he had a couple of shots so he will be fine."

And Solskjaer, who also added Molde midfielder Mats Moller Daehli to his squad on Saturday, feels there is no need to worry despite Cardiff occupying one of the bottom three places in the table for the first time this season.

"There is no panic, I did not expect this to be all singing and dancing, it won't be easy, this is the Premier League and there is lots of work to be one.

"We have only had a week and we know we have plenty of work to do. It's a great bunch of lads, we will get going again and work hard in training.

"It is a tight league, there are six points from the bottom to 10th."

West Ham's win, courtesy of goals from Carlton Cole and Mark Noble, was just their second in 14 league games.

Assistant manager Neil McDonald hopes the return of some players from injury and the confidence boost of victory can spur the Hammers to another good result against Newcastle next weekend.

"When you are getting beat you are not full of confidence but when you win it gives you that confidence," he said.

"The major factor is that we have got people coming back from injury and that is going to make the squad stronger. We have had Andy Carroll and James Tomkins coming back and hopefully we will have another couple coming back.

"When you come into a changing room and you have been beaten over the last week against Nottingham Forest and Manchester City the players are down and feeling a little bit sorry for themselves.

"They were hurting as they knew they were going to get criticised but when you win and play well and are put under pressure from free-kicks and corners the team shape was good.

"We kept our shape and opened them up twice so hopefully that will give the players a little bit more confidence to kick on for the next game."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss