Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Upson Defends West Ham Defence

Matthew Upson has hit back at Avram Grant's criticism of West Ham's style of play on Saturday,

"I don't think we purposefully came out to defend," he said. "If you come to Chelsea you have to do a lot of defending.

A few people have said [the goal] was tight, so it is very difficult. It is just a disappointing goal to give away given how solid we were as a team. We defended well from the front, we worked hard and limited them to very few chances really - so it was a disappointing goal to give away."

Upson also said that the West Ham defence is the key to the team's success,

"The back five including Greeny have been really solid the last five or six games. It is an important foundation that the team needs to be built on and I think it is doing well at the moment. We have just got to carry that on and keep the stability, and look forward to the next game."


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