Reid - Hammers are united
Defender claims players have complete faith in Grant
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: February 7, 2011 7:08pm
Reid: Backing boss
Winston Reid insists the West Ham United squad remain fully behind Avram Grant in the club's survival bid.
"We have to start winning games and we have to have confidence that we can go to West Brom and get points"
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The Hammers slumped back to the foot of the Premier League table on Sunday after slipping to 1-0 defeat against Birmingham City.
A midweek victory over Blackpool had seen them clamber towards safety, but an inability to piece positive results together continues to cost the club dear.
The ongoing troubles at Upton Park have led to relentless rumours regarding the future of Grant, with the Israeli coach often reported to be working on borrowed time.
None of their murmurings have come from inside the club, though, with commanding defender Reid adamant that the Hammers camp continues to pull in the same direction.
"Of course we're behind the manager. Everyone is behind him," said the New Zealand international.
"The loss [to Birmingham] was hard to take because we wanted to win this game and move out of the bottom three but we will have to work hard on the training pitch and make sure that we come back next time.
"We have to start winning games and we have to have confidence that we can go to West Brom and get points."
Grant is also refusing to dwell on the past, with the West Ham boss keen to see results improve and his injury nightmare ended over the coming weeks.
The Hammers lost James Tomkins and Matthew Upson to knocks over the weekend, while Robbie Keane is also struggling with a calf problem and will play no part for Republic of Ireland in the midweek internationals.
Grant said: "We need to think about the next game now. We need to look at the positive things that have happened in the last few weeks and look forward.
"The situation is not easy. Also it is not easy to lose players in the warm-up and after 35 minutes like Upson. But we need to deal with this and take points.
"If you look at what we've done this season you'll know that after every disappointment we've recovered very well. This is part of the thing we are working on and I hope it will prove to be the case again."