Filed: Saturday, 1st January 2011
By: Staff Writer
A naturally delighted Avram Grant reflects on a week from which an impressive haul of seven Premier League points were gained...
Avram: it's been a good Christmas?
Yes, a very good Christmas; I'm starting to like this holiday!
It was a good week for us. I think we felt before that we deserved [more] but we spoke about it before, we needed to take the points. It was a good week for football and [I felt we] were very efficient.
Nice to look at the table and see that West Ham are finally out of the bottom three?
It is nice, but we know we have a long way [to go] until we will do what we want to do. But it's a very nice feeling.
And Freddie Sears has been a breath of fresh air in the last few weeks?
Yes, Freddie Sears and [James] Tomkins before, Junior Stanislas... they're young players from our Academy and all of them are doing a good job. Freddie Sears was on loan, he had some experience, even though he didn't score at Scunthorpe he did a good job. Last week he was good for us and scored a fantastic goal [today].
What will it do for the players to look at the league table in the morning and not see the team in the bottom three? It must be a huge psychological boost?
I don't need to say, I think you can imagine how they feel now. They're very happy. Especially, as we said before, our game didn't change much in the last week - we were just more efficient. We played a certain way before, we did a good job on the football side but we didn't win games.
Now we've won games that we deserved to win - here against Wolves, who played vey well against Liverpool. So you can imagine the feeling, they're very happy. But we have a long way [to go].
It's quite good though, if you beat Newcastle on Wednesday you can go up to 12th?
Yes... we always knew the gap was not too big. But we want to get a good result at Newcastle. It's not easy, you remember our last game against Newcastle? We played for 20 minutes like we were Barcelona and then we played like we weren't even on the pitch. They deserved to win the game at the end of the day so even if we don't look back, we want to get a good result.
Robert Green made three great saves at the start of the second half?
Yes... I think sometimes you need to listen to me - I told you at the beginning of the season... [laughs] I said to Rob 'thank you very much'. He said 'for what?' I said 'at the beginning of the season, 20 minutes of every press conference was about you...'
No, we spoke about [it]; I told you at the beginning of the season that it's better not to reach a conclusion after two or three games. He didn't start the league so good which can happen to anyone but his reaction was good - and not just in this game, in the last game he showed that he is a very good goalkeeper.
How do you see the rest of the season going? Can you stay out of there?
We can learn.. we are trying to learn first for ourselves at this stage of the season. Last week it was all about an intelligent game and a good spirit. I can tell you we didn't know which players were fit until the last moment so we didn't know which 11 players to pick. We had a lot of problems.
But I can tell you that in training, the spirit was always good. The players always showed that they wanted to get out of this situation. In the last week we've played three games in six days; we've played good, we've taken points and half of the players didn't play before and they did a very good job.
So I'm very happy. We need to continue like this - and stay efficient.
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by Steve Prosho
10:47PM 1st Jan 2011
''Well done boys, keep up the good work. I always kept the faith.''
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