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Israeli offered little to explain their loss at Upton Park...

Avram Grant has admitted West Ham United may be relegated this season following his side's 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United at Upton Park on Saturday evening.

Carlton Cole scored his first goal in 12 games to give West Ham the lead in the first half. However, Chris Hughton's men were soon level through midfielder Kevin Nolan and striker Andrew Carroll netted the winner in the second half to secure a deserved victory for the visitors.

But Grant has predicted further problems for his side, as he conceded for the first time West Ham could face the drop if their form does not improve.

“I think it's hard now [to stay up],” confessed Grant in his post-match press conference.

“Now there's 30 games to go but there are games in the next two months that we can win.
However I am sure that we can do it [stay up].”

“The owners are patient as we knew that this season would be tough but today we didn’t play well."

Grant offered little to explain why his side let their advantage slip and conceded his side were unable to play well after Newcastle equalised.

“Sometimes you don’t know exactly the reason [why we didn’t play well],” Grant said.

“We didn't push so much, didn't press well and we gave [Newcastle] space to play the ball. We also gave  a lot of the ball away to them.

“It was a good game, everything was good until after they scored [their first] then after that we didn't continue to do what we did before.

“We gave them the space to play so their good players had the ball.”

Grant would not give too much information about the injury Matthew Upson sustained in the second half but it was confirmed later that the defender had suffered a hamstring injury.

Kieron Dyer was also absent from the Hammers squad and after the game Grant simply said he wasn't ready to play even though he played well last week stating: "I hope it’s not like the Ledley King [situation] at Tottenham."

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