Christian: We're Desperate For The Fans

Christian Dailly says he takes more notice of what the fans think than what the critics write in terms of assessing performances.

"Certainly in terms of the media and stuff we don't care. Half the boys don't read it anyway so we just get on and play the games," he says, knowing the glare of the spotlight remains on the Hammers, as the bottom side in the Premiership at present.

"But the fans are well within their rights to do whatever they feel. They support the club and come to watch every week and that is part and parcel of the game as well.

"We are absolutely desperate to win for the fans, and have been putting so much effort in, despite some kicks in the teeth.

"But it is important we keep showing the same level of attitude and only by doing that can we get out the other side."

Christian has no problems with the sports psychologists, employed by Glenn on a part time basis, coming in to talk with the players, and he says: "It is just another aspect of things you can look at. There are a lot of top sports people in the world that use these type of techniques so it is a common sense thing to try and get the team all with the same mentality, which I think is what is behind it.

"If the gaffer feels that is of benefit, that's good."

Looking at the last two matches - in which good performances have yielded only one point - he says: "The Southampton game shows what happens when you are down there. You seem to get continually kicked in the teeth, but it is important we keep going and keep believing because we certainly showed we weren't short of any confidence, we just went and played the game as we should play it.

"I don't think we played as well as that last season at home but we won games; we should have had some goals.

"What can you do? Just try and put in a performance.

"We are conceding the odd goal and not scoring as many as we would like - but we would settle for playing badly and winning.

"I was sick when their goal went in. We lost possession of the ball, the cross came in, and they scored.

"It was disappointing against Middlesbrough not to win after being ahead twice, but I think everyone could see how well we played there, and the determination we showed.

"We were very unfortunate not to win the game after all-out attack that carved out a lot of openings for ourselves and created lots of problems.

"You have to look at general aspects of the game and not let the result put you off too much - we are pretty positive.

"It is annoying to concede late again, off a corner - but there is plenty of hope there.

"We have done okay at times although there have been a couple of mistakes, but it is hard to go through every single game without conceding some sort of goal - though that is what we are always trying to do.

"We have just got to keep playing, and there is absolutely no way anyone is feeling sorry for themselves - no chance.

"There is great togetherness here and while others talk about us we will just keep getting on with it.

"We are now looking forward to Manchester United, it should be a cracking game, and there is no fear."