Avram Grant still confident West Ham United can avoid relegation

Israeli believes it is far too early to panic
By Wayne Veysey at Emirates Stadium

Avram Grant is confident West Ham United can escape relegation even though their defiance at Emirates Stadium was not enough to lift them off the bottom spot of the Premier League.

The Hammers enter November three points behind Wolverhampton Wanderers and history suggests they face a huge struggle to stay in the top tier.

“I’m not speaking about history,” said the West Ham manager. “We are not in a situation where we cannot do it. We are not yet in November so we have time to do it.

“If we are in this situation in April it is different but I really believe we can do it. The team is playing good football with fighting spirit. It is a good base for the future.

“We know the difference between us winning games is not big as long as we continue to fight like that.”

Grant was proud of the fighting spirit displayed by his players in their 1-0 defeat at Emirates Stadium after his team were denied a point only by a late Alex Song diving header.

“After a game against a very good team that needed until the last two minutes to break us down, we can take a lot of positive things,” said the Israeli in his post-match press conference.

“I’ve seen Arsenal in games and this is the game they created less chances but this is the game we defended well.

“If we had a bad performance we can speak about that but if there is a good performance it means we can take points.”

Grant also paid tribute to goalkeeper Robert Green, who kept Arsenal at bay with a string of superb reflex saves.

“He was good all the time today [but] he was back to his best one month ago and in the last month he has been playing well.”
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