Upson refuses to panic

Hammers stopper heartened after Chelsea match

Upson: Not panicking

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Defender Matthew Upson insists West Ham can turn a corner after enduring a dismal start to the Premier League season.

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"It has been a shocking start in terms of results, but I am not hitting panic buttons yet."

Matthew Upson

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The Hammers have failed to collect a single point from their opening four games and have conceded 12 goals, with Saturday's 3-1 home defeat to Chelsea marking their latest setback.

Avram Grant's side travel to Stoke at the weekend desperate to escape the basement of the standings, but Upson claims the atmosphere is calm at Upton Park.

Shocking

"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," said Upson 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."

Following his England gaffe at this year's World Cup, Hammers goalkeeper Robert Green suffered more woe on Saturday as he spilled a 30-yard free-kick from Didier Drogba to set up Salomon Kalou for Chelsea's second goal.

However, Upson insists his team-mate was not at fault for the Hammers' defeat.

"It was a difficult ball for Rob to hold. We have seen Drogba take those kicks many times - he gets top spin onto the ball," said Upson.

"That is what we defenders are there for, to deal with it - we got back there, but then it was just one of those things.

Pressure

"I could have still dealt with the ball - I got there first because I thought there was pressure on me and the clearance hit their player, speeded up in the air and went into the net.

"When it is going bad for you, that is what happens."

Upson thinks Green will have no trouble shrugging off the incident, as he added: "Rob is a strong character. He will continue to work hard.

"I am sure he will want to put Saturday behind him and turn on the kind of performances we have seen from him over the last three years."