Les: Report Untrue

Les Ferdinand says that he had nothing to do with an article claiming that he had criticised training at the club.

The article, which doesn't quote Les, has, he reveals, annoyed the players and he says:

"I spoke to the manager and the rest of the players today.

"Hopefully that thing in the papers will pull the lads together because everyone was upset by what was said.

"We had a meeting about it and it was good to see the lads pull together the way they did.

"They were obviously very concerned about it and hopefully it will have the effect that it needs to have rather than the adverse effect.

"I don't know where he has got it from, and I would like to know, because when you are mentioning other people you should actually have quotes from them if you are going to use their names - and unfortunately he didn't.

"But when you are in the position we are in at the moment things seem to heap themselves on top of you, and what we have got to do is use it in the right way, pull together as a bunch of lads and see that there is more than football out there to deal with.

"The funny thing is before I came to West Ham I said I don't train every single day and Glenn said 'no, I don't expect you to'.

"He said for me to tell him how he feels, so the last thing I would come in and say is that the training is too hard.

"When you get to my age, and the manager realises this, the important thing is to be right for the games."

In the absence of Fredi Kanoute, Les is likely to return to the starting line up after missing out at Leeds, and he adds:

"When I came to West Ham I spoke to Glenn Roeder and I knew I wasn't going to play in every single game.

"We discussed that, and I knew I was going to get given more first team football than I was at Spurs.

"The manager picks the side that he thinks is going to win him the game; unfortunately I wasn't in that side at Leeds and I accept that.

"I don't need to tell anyone that we have only won four games this season; this is a real six pointer and all we can do is to concentrate on staying focused.

"We know what to expect but what we have got to try and do is impose our own game on West Brom; we know what they are about and they will certainly know what we are about.

"It is going to be a test of wills and big characters will have to stand up and be counted on Sunday if we are going to get anything from West Brom.

"Without a shadow of a doubt this could make or break us; if we lose, and I don't even like saying that, it doesn't mean we are down, but if we get a win it is a big step in the right direction for us."