Grant stands by his Hammers

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Defiant West Ham manager Avram Grant maintained his struggling side had again shown enough to secure victory, despite having to once more settle for only a point after a 2-2 draw against West Brom at Upton Park.

The Irons remain rooted the foot of the table as they continue to search for a first Barclays Premier League win since September 25.

Grant, however, continues to remain positive, and said: "The reaction after they scored was good to get to 2-1 and then we had a great chance to make it 3-1 and dominated the game. I thought we were going to win, but we conceded a goal and it is disappointing."

Co-owner David Sullivan had claimed West Ham needed to collect "at least seven points" from the run of games against Birmingham, West Brom, Blackpool at Upton Park on Saturday and then away at Liverpool - or "we know we have a real problem and that we have to shuffle the pack".

Under-fire Grant, however, insists no-one craves victory more than the team.

"We want to take points not because anybody else wants them, but because we want them and we deserved to take them," said the former Chelsea and Portsmouth boss, appointed in the summer.

"We are very close to it - when the first win comes, we will win more and we are playing football to win games.

"We have had a lot of injuries and it is not easy.

"We keep our style of football, it is not going like we want, but we are playing well and that is what frustrates us more than anything.

"The fans understand, they want more points, but no one more than myself and the players and staff want them. Everybody can see we play good games of football, from my experience if we continue like this, then the points will come."

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