Trevor: Passion's Part Of It

Trevor Sinclair says that the frustration voiced by the fans at the end of the West Bromwich Albion defeat is shared by the players.

The evidence was there in the brief brouhaha when Tomas Repka and a couple of fans had a frank exchange of views on the final whistle, though, as Glenn Roeder intimated afterwards, the opportunity for a dtailed discussion would have been somewhat limited by Tomas' English vocabulary.

"We are passionate about the game, as are the fans, and when things boil over like that little bits and bobs can happen," says Trevor.

"But I am sure Tomas would regret whatever happened; I don't know the incident, but we are as upset as the fans, we are as passionate as the fans are, and want West Ham to do well as much as the fans do.

"We feel that anyway and it is up to us to prove that; we are up against it now, and we have got to stick together.

"We need to make sure the next game we play at home, which is not really in our thoughts at the moment, gives us a definite result.

"But first and foremost we haven't got long to let this out of our system as we have a game coming up soon against Tottenham.

"We have to make sure we go out there, be proud to wear the calret and blue, and give it 110%."

With the game falling on the first anniversary of the September 11th atrocities in America, Trevor admits the game could have been moved.

Trevor, who skippered the side on September 11th the previous year in the Worthington Cup shootout defeat by Reading, says:

"I wouldn't have been opposed to not playing yesterday - and I definitely would rather that the game would have been postponed last year.

"But that is besides the point; we have not played well enough, we have been beaten, and we are taking stock of things at the training ground."