Belfast Telegraph

We can turn corner - Upson

West Ham defender Matthew Upson insists it is not yet time to hit the panic button, despite the club being rock bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

Avram Grant's men have failed to pick up a single point from their opening four games and conceded 12 goals following Saturday's 3-1 home defeat by leaders Chelsea. Next up is a trip to Stoke, which is sure to test the resolve of the West Ham squad once again, but Upson claims it is not all doom and gloom at Upton Park.

"It has been a shocking start in terms of results, but I am not hitting panic buttons yet and there were definite positives to take from the Chelsea game," Upson said, quoted in the London Evening Standard.

"It is important how we behave in training this coming week, how it is structured, what we do.

"Those things are vital going into a game against Stoke next weekend that we want to win.

"We need to do things sharp, positive and get things buzzing.

"The biggest negatives were the errors and that is something we have to eradicate from our game to move forward.

"We also need some stability at the back.

"We have had four games now and four different right-backs plus three different players on the right side of central defence.

"It is so hard to get that clarity of what your job is when you are chopping and changing all the time."


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