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Sunday 18 October Updated Thursday 19 February

Behrami looking forward

Valon Behrami has insisted everyone at West Ham United is remaining positive despite the club's recent run of results.

The Hammers went down to an undeserved 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Stoke City on Saturday, extending their winless top-flight run. However, the Switzerland midfielder believed it would not be long before the Hammers start picking up the points they need to climb the table.

"I think it's just a bad moment, but we are trying to be positive every time and do what we are doing in training every day," he said. "If we do that, a lucky moment will arrive. Sometimes you need that, when you win when you don't deserve to win. I think this moment will arrive.

"Obviously we need some points, because five points from eight games is not really enough."

The 24-year-old, who has recently returned to first-team action after six months out with a knee injury, is desperate to make up for lost time. At Stoke, Behrami was back to his best, leading by example by harrying the Potters' players all over the Britannia Stadium pitch and driving his team-mates on at every opportunity.

Following the final whistle, he was the last West Ham player to leave the pitch, biting his shirt in frustration before applauding the 3,000 travelling supporters who had made their way to the Midlands.

In the dressing room, Behrami said manager Gianfranco Zola had shared his own positive outlook on a game the Hammers were unfortunate to lose. "It's very tough because we played very well and we controlled the game but we lost. That's very difficult. The manager came in after the game and said 'What can I say?' because we did well. We did everything that he asked us to do.

"Obviously this moment is a very unlucky moment, but if we still play like this, we will have the moments when we get the points and we can win some games."

While Behrami claimed luck has played its part in the Hammers' recent run, he also believes the team must cut out the lapses that have led to their opponents scoring important goals this term.

"We have made a lot of little mistakes, and every little mistake we have made, we have paid by conceding a goal. That is a strange thing. We make one mistake and they score, while the other team makes three or four mistakes and we don't score - that's the difference in the Premier League."

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