Slide blocked as Curbs rotates midfield

Last updated : 05 January 2006 By Editor

West Ham were unlucky to go in behind at the interval, but they were battered after the break, reported The Sun.

Alan Curbishley afterwards said: "We needed that. In the first half we looked nervous and edgy and West Ham capitalised, but we got the goal.

"We’d been there before and ended up losing, but they defended for their lives and got bodies in the way of everything. I will take that result. It is something for us to build on."

"Hopefully we can start to pick up a few results and start to turn our season around."

We played with so much confidence in our first eight games and we passed the ball well, but that's changed dramatically and it has been really tough."

Curbishley told The Sunday Times: "We’ve ended up on 25 points near the halfway stage, it’s not a bad haul. Really, the problem was a binge at the start of the season. If we’d done it with win, lose, draw, win, whatever, we’d all be a lot happier but because of the extremes it’s caused us a lot of problems."

"But we were playing some games where only (Radostin) Kishishev was prepared to defend. Dennis Rommedahl, Danny Murphy, Alexei Smertin, Darren Ambrose, Jerome Thomas were all going the other way."

Curbishley conceded Rommedahl is frustrating – which might explain why it was only the winger’s first start in six weeks. "At the end he tried a pass and I’ve shot my bolt — I couldn’t shout any more. He’s probably fed up of me shouting but he should have passed it simple. He’s so dangerous though."