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Up and down reporting

Amazing how the press differs.

Goal.com
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.”

SkySports

Avram Grant admitted after the defeat to Newcastle that West Ham would be fighting a relegation battle for the rest of the season.

The Hammers took the lead against the Magpies through Carlton Cole before slumping to a 2-1 loss.

Kevin Nolan netted the equaliser after good work from Andy Carroll, who headed home the winner in the second half.

And Grant confessed after the match that his side had struggled to cope with the aerial threat of Carroll and fellow forward Shola Ameobi.

“We knew that when they play with two strikers they would target these to cross the ball because they have good wide players,” Grant told Sky Sports.

“We have good players in the box that can win the ball but unfortunately we didn’t do it today.”
Pressure

The result left West Ham bottom of the Premier League table and ended an unbeaten run of four games.

Grant accepts that they are now in a scrap for survival and it will be difficult to pull clear of trouble for the remainder of the campaign.

“This is the position we will be in all season,” he said.

“I think we will come off the bottom but we will more or less be in this area so we need to deal with it.

“Pressure is part of the game.”

Owners David Gold and David Sullivan have voiced their support for Grant over the last few weeks despite the club being rooted to the table.

Grant thinks that the pair, who sacked Gianfranco Zola after the Hammers narrowly avoided relegation last year, will stick by him.

“I am being told that they are being patient and understanding,” he said.

Telegraph

We can turn it around

The Hammers went into the match on the back of a five-match unbeaten run and went ahead through Carlton Cole’s first of the season. But they failed to take control of the game after, though, and paid the price when Kevin Nolan’s well-placed drive levelled the scores before Andy Carroll’s second-half header sealed the win.

The result piled more pressure on the Israeli, who now finds his side three points adrift of safety ahead of next week’s daunting trip to Arsenal.

But he said: “It’s harder for us to get out of the relegation zone now but there are almost 30 games left and we have games in the next two months that we can win. If we do well like we did up until now with the five-match unbeaten run we had then I’m sure we can do it.”

Owners David Gold and David Sullivan have voiced their support for Grant over the last few weeks despite the club being rooted to the table.

Grant thinks that the pair, who sacked Gianfranco Zola after the Hammers narrowly avoided relegation last year, will stick by him and added: “I am being told they are being patient and understanding.”

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