Despite enjoying his best season in a West Ham shirt, Jonathan Spector is not concerned about any personal plaudits.

The 25-year-old has been at Upton Park since 2006 but his career in the famous claret and blue has never really got going.

However, the American has enjoyed a new lease of life under Avram Grant when deployed in central midfield, with no example better than his swashbuckling display against Manchester United in the Carling Cup, when he scored twice in a 4-0 win.

And, although Spector finds himself behind the likes of Scott Parker, Mark Noble and Thomas Hitzlsperger in the Hammers' midfield pecking order, he has provided capable cover in the Barclays Premier League when called upon.

Injury to the talismanic Parker meant Spector was called into action against Chelsea on Saturday and, although West Ham ultimately fell to a 3-0 defeat, Grant's side posed a genuine threat to the incumbent champions.

Spector himself could have taken the glory, but a diving header was saved well by Petr Cech, before a precise pass put Robbie Keane through on goal, only for the striker to fluff his lines from 12 yards out.

With Parker set to return from injury sooner rather than later, Spector knows his time in the limelight may be limited, but the former Manchester United man realises that Barclays Premier League survival will be a team effort for the bottom club.




 

"There could be quite a few players who could have an important role and have a massive impact on these games that we have left," he told the official West Ham website.

"There have been times when we have played really good football and a lot of people have been looking at us and saying 'they are too good to go down'. They were saying that about Newcastle a couple of seasons ago and we don't want to repeat what they did.

"I am not sure there is a secret. It is about hard work and determination and the guts to want the ball, to want to play and to stick to your gameplan even if it is not going well for you."

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