Seb's Happy Weekend

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Sebastien Schemmel says he can understand Paolo Di Canio's frustration at being brought off on Monday - but reminds him that he played his heart out in the win over Ipswich two days earlier.

"For Paolo it is difficult to say to him 'you are not playing the last 30 minutes' because everybody knows it is Paolo Di Canio and respects him," says Seb.

"But Glenn also knows that John Moncur works very hard. If the team had lost everyone would have said it was a big mistake but we won, and that is very good management - Glenn is an excellent boss.

"I didn't speak to Paolo but I understand the feeling. Last season it is was the same for me, being brought off after 45 or 50 minutes.

"If Paolo had been happy I would have thought it would have been strange, but he played so well on Saturday and when he plays the team plays much better - and I think he is professional.

"But Glenn took a gamble and it paid off because we got a good result; don't forget, though, that he was a genius on Saturday, but it is difficult for him to play two games in three days.

"It would be difficult for anyone but especially him because he played two games on Saturday, he was terrific.

"I understand Paolo and I understand Glenn, but anyway it is only a little problem."

While Paolo was asked to curb some of his more attacking instincts on Monday, Sebastien had to make his own sacrifice by playing most of the game at left back following the departure of Vladimir Labant, and he says: "I enjoyed it because it was to help the team. We have a good mentality here and for me it was not a problem to help the team.

"I know it is not my best position, because with my left foot it is very difficult, but it is to help Glenn.

"Sometimes I play wing back and it is not a problem because I like playing for this team, and if he wants I will play up front with Fredi and not complain.

"I could see that there was a problem with the substitutes and it is not possible for Ian to play on the left, but it wasn't a real problem for me - and I was happy about the result.

"Glenn is a good manager, everybody knows that now, and it is not a problem if Glenn asks a player to play in another position."

For Seb, Saturday's clash with Charlton can't come quickly enough, and he says: "Saturday is a very good game because if we beat Charlton we are looking at seventh place. I want to get us into Europe for the fans first, for Glenn second, and thirdly for my career.

"At the moment I want us to get into the UEFA Cup. I have a lot of ambition for these fans and I'll be very pleased if the team finishes well, after everyone was saying we would finish at the bottom.

"Now everyone knows we are a good team and people respect West Ham - and that is the most important thing for me."