West Ham defender Jacobsen praises ‘talented manager’ Grant

Hammers full back believes Hammers boss can mastermind the East End side’s bid to escape the drop zone.

West Ham may be bottom of the Premier League table, but Hammers full back Lars Jacobsen is confident neither he nor his team mates will have to duck for cover while Avram Grant is in charge.

The Hammers have only picked up one league victory this season, but the Dane has faith in his manager’s abilities to push the Irons out of the relegation zone.

“He will analyse the game and then we’ll know what we need to do better and what we did well,” he said.

“He’s not the manager that will throw a bottle in your face if you lose a game. He’s a very talented manager who knows what he is doing.

“We fight for each other. We showed that and it is something we have to take into the next couple of games as well because we know we can play football. Sometimes we didn’t fight enough but we certainly did that on Saturday (in the 1-0 defeat against Arsenal) and if we continue to do that, I’m sure the points will come.

“We just have to forget about this game now. Obviously we’re disappointed and will be until we have analysed the game but then we have to look forward to the game against Birmingham.”

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City have only lost once at St Andrews in the league since September 2009, but Jacobsen is hopeful that the Hammers’ recent form could lead them to a vital victory on Saturday.

“It’s always difficult away from home but we need to get some points starting next weekend at Birmingham. We need to take some points there,” he said.

“We have to be realistic – in the last seven games, we only lost two of those, so it’s not that negative. I know we lost on Saturday and we lost the last home game (against Newcastle) and if you look just at them it’s very negative, but we have to look at the bigger picture – seven games and two losses, three wins and the rest of them were draws.

“We have to take the positives from now on because it’s not good if you’re thinking about the games you lost because you won’t take any points. You have to take the positives and look forward and we will do that.”

Jacobsen believes his team mates will adhere to the same philosophy and believes it is this mental strength which separates them from players further down the football pyramid.

“It’s why we are here and some other players aren’t here,” he said.

“That’s the difference because you will always lose games in your career and always have ups and downs – if you can’t get up from the downs, you will never reach the level of playing in the Premier League. Of course, we are professional football players. It’s our job, so we’ll get ourselves together and get the points we need.”

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