Glenn Sings The Blues

Glenn Roeder could barely conceal his delight at seeing his team secure a 2-1 victory over Chelsea with another fantastic performance at Upton Park on Wednesday night.

The Hammers boss looked on proudly as early goals from Michael Carrick and Fredi Kanoute set up our second home victory in the space of four days and enthused afterwards: "It was a fantastic performance and the way we started was magnificent.

"We have wounded a very good Chelsea team who were unbeaten in the Premiership before tonight and I am proud of the team for the way they dug in under pressure in the second half.

"When they got a goal back, we knew it would be a difficult evening, but the players worked extremely hard all over the pitch.

"There were some terrific displays out there, but it was a real team performance and I thought that the result was thoroughly deserved."

Although preferring not to single out individuals on a night that was all about a genuine collective performance from his players, Glenn did save a special mention for goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, whose world class save in the dying minutes from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink denied the visitors an undeserved point.

Said Glenn: "It was a great save, Shaka's reactions were lightning and obviously we're all pleased he did it. The players were jumping all over him in the dressing-room afterwards and that save was the equivalent of a third goal for us."

With another tough clash at Ipswich just four days away, there is no time for celebrations, however, and the Glenn revealed that the players are immediately focused on moving on to the next task of securing our first away win of the season: "The players will be back in training tomorrow, days off are few and far between now - we can't allow them to stiffen up by sitting at home.

"The only concession we've allowed them is that they will come in at 11.30am instead of the usual 10.30am!"