Avram Grant Believes West Ham United Deserved All Three Points After Drawing With Blackburn Rovers

Israeli unconcerned with speculation about his future

Avram Grant believes his West Ham United side deserved to take all three points after their 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers.

Rovers went ahead shortly after the restart and looked like they were about to win the game, but a dramatic equaliser by Junior Stanislas was enough to earn the Hammers a point.

However Grant believes his side did enough to win the game but he is happy with the commitment that his players showed to get the equaliser.

“I think we deserved three points today," he told reporters after the game.

"We created chances and half chances, we hit the post one time.

“The positive thing was I was very impressed by the spirit of the boys."

There were few chances to speak of for either side in the first half but Ryan Nelsen’s goal in the 50th minute spurred the game into life. 

West Ham were without  key senior players for the match including Robert Green, Victor Obinna and Valon Behrami and Grant was pleased with the way his side reacted to the changes.

“They gave everything [even with] all the problems to change the team at the last moment," he added.

“They fought and we came from not an easy place from 1-0 to 1-1 and we almost made it 2-1.

“[The] Second half was good. We were the better side.

“I liked it very much as I know [even] top teams without two or three players have a problem.”

Despite securing a valuable away point West Ham remain firmly at the bottom of the Premier League table, however Grant remains confident that his players have the character to mount a successful relegation battle.

“It’s very encouraging because at the end of the day we have a long way until the end of the season and our target is very clear to stay in the league," explained the West Ham boss.

“You can build only when in the difficult times you see spirit and character. I think everybody saw it today from all the players.”

Following speculation surrounding his position as West Ham manager, Grant insisted he is not concerned about rumours that he will be sacked , nor is he listening to speculation about his job.

 “Not at all. Nobody said that to me," said Grant.

“I only care about what I speak about [with] the owners.

“We only speak about how to make the squad stronger in January.

“They are trying to do their best. They bought the team with big, big debt of more than £100 million.

“It is not easy. We need to do our best for the team, also.”

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