Grant: all is well – apart from our league position
Saturday 13 November 2010
Sage advice from Avram Grant to West Ham fans: "Don't look at the league table."
He could have suggested they turn it upside down instead, but merely added: "We are not happy with the league table, but if you analyse the games and performances of the players we are very optimistic."
Bottom of the table and without a win in six, this was supposed to be the fate of Blackpool, today's visitors to Upton Park. Instead Ian Holloway's team sit six points clear of West Ham and arrive with a refreshed squad after "resting" the first XI in midweek.
"It is a strange situation," said Grant. "If you analyse our games the spirit is good and the mentality is good. The football that we play is good and in each the last two games we scored two goals." Unfortunately West Ham also conceded twice against Birmingham and West Bromwich, meaning they need five points from today and next week's trip to Anfield to meet the points target set for this quartet of matches by co-owner David Sullivan.
"It doesn't matter if this was said or not, we are doing everything we can to take points," said Grant. "If we continue to do the right things, I'm sure we will pick up points."
Blackpool's second string only lost to a late goal at Villa Park, giving Holloway a "fantastic problem". The manager added: "Some have played themselves into my team, and that's what I wanted them to do. They deserve to play. If that was my kids wanting an ice-cream, I'd have bought them an ice-cream long ago because their behaviour's been absolutely exceptional. But my other kids were doing so well I didn't want to change it."
Of today's opposition Holloway said: "I think their team's in a false position. They've got some magnificent players." That judgement does not reflect well on Grant who is 7-4 to be the next Premier League sacking.
There was some good news for West Ham, though, when their joint bid with Newham council was identified as one of two contenders to take over the Olympic Stadium. The other is the Tottenham Hotspur-AEG consortium.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal vs Manchester United report: Wayne Rooney and a Kieran Gibbs own goal make Gunners rue missed chances
Chelsea vs West Brom: Jose Mourinho turns on ‘Dr Sergio Ramos’ in Spanish spat
WWE Survivor Series 2014: What time does the event start? And full card
Prince Harry leads the congratulations for Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi, calling him 'an absolute legend' as he crossed the finish line
Arsenal vs Manchester United player ratings: Who was the star man? Wayne Rooney or David De Gea?
- 1 Universities aren't working us hard enough, say undergraduates
- 2 Lego letter from the 1970s still offers a powerful message to parents 40 years later
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services