Belfast Telegraph

Momentum with the Hammers - Grant

Avram Grant declared West Ham had "momentum at the right time" after watching them haul themselves out of the Barclays Premier League drop zone by crushing Stoke 3-0.

The Hammers recorded back-to-back league wins for the first time in more than a year - and three straight victories in all competitions for the first time in more than two - to stay on course to complete a great escape from relegation.

"We have momentum at the right time," said Grant, who admitted his side's current scoring run would not continue indefinitely. "We will not score three goals every game, that's for sure. Nobody is doing this."

He added: "I believe in this football, I believe in attacking football. You need balance, and we're getting the balance better and better every game. But we have many players forward that can score now."

Grant demonstrated the faith he has in his forwards by fielding a three-pronged attack, with Demba Ba once again stealing the limelight with his fourth goal in five matches since signing from Hoffenheim.

Ba was set to join Stoke in January but the Senegal international failed a medical, prompting the Potters to pull out of the deal.

Grant said: "I'm very happy that they did.

"Nobody knew about Demba before I wanted to sign him.

"Even Stoke and Everton and other teams that wanted him, I don't think they knew who he was.

"At the end of the day, he came to the team that wanted him from the beginning."


From Belfast Telegraph