Ben-Haim stays positive

Defender remains optimistic Hammers can get wins they need

Ben-Haim: Staying positive

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Tal Ben-Haim is optimistic rock bottom West Ham can start to get the wins they need to climb the Premier League table.

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The Hammers go into their clash at Stoke on Saturday on the back of four losses in the top flight this term, conceding 12 goals and scoring just two.

But Ben-Haim - who along with boss Avram Grant has been given special dispensation to miss the Stoke game as they observe the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur - has every confidence the team can turn things around.

The Israeli defender told WHUTV: "Of course we should be optimistic.

"I am sure that if we get one or two good results we can move forward."

Created chances

The on-loan Portsmouth defender believes the Hammers played well against champions Chelsea last time out, despite the 3-1 loss.

Ben-Haim, who played under Grant at both Chelsea and Pompey, added: "We played well and created chances against Chelsea, but we suddenly found ourselves 2-0 down.

"That is football - we need to look forward and take the points in the next game.

"It will take time, but in football we need to take the points very quick.

"We hope that we can do it next week."